20 Miles Ran For Only The 2nd Time Ever In Marathon Training. Two Long Runs In Two Days
So, I went out and ran 20 miles there at 3pm.
I didn’t expect to do 10 miles without dying after yesterday’s 16 miler. But somehow I managed to run for 3 hours and 30 minutes with no pauses.
My final mile was also my fastest and my only sub 10 minute split over the entire run.
I think I used all of my discontent from the last week as fuel.
I know that sounds emo, but fuck you. I’m allowed to be emo sometimes. Especially in front of your mother.
My Long Runs Have Got Easier Since The 50K.
I guess the Titanic Quarter Ultra wasn’t such a bad idea after all.
At the time it was fucking stupid, given that I hadn’t trained for it properly.
However I think it made me realise that I was giving anything over 18 miles too much respect.
20 miles was a distance I couldn’t have ran in training if I tried.
Respecting the distance a little too much has been my problem since I started running.
I never thought I could have ran at all.
Then it was a kilometer. Then it was a mile. Then it was a 5k, 10k, 10 miles, a half marathon and finally the marathon distance itself.
By thinking about it less and just preparing myself I’ve got over each hurdle.
I think in order to run any distance, you need to prepare for what is ahead of you and do all you can to make sure you’re conditioned to complete it.
Sometimes you have to turn your mind off and go for it.
It’s too easy to fall into the mentality where you have reached your limit. That you can’t run for longer than a mile or a 5k.
You’re capable of more than you think possible.
5 weeks left until the Dublin Marathon.
I haven’t been this well prepared for a marathon since I started running.
I’m excited and not scared about my training for once.
Since I’m a massive geek, here are a list of my longest runs since June.
Right I’m now off to bed. I’m praying my body stays spasm free for the next 10 hours!