Monday, September 24, 2012

Less than 3 Weeks!

Somehow the stars aligned and I had the best 20 mile training run I could ask for.  I'm not sure how it happened or why, but does it matter?  Not at this moment.

Going into the run I thought for sure it was going to be a horrible run.  I know, I shouldn't go into a long run like that with such a negative attitude.   I ate out for three days prior to the run and didn't make the healthiest choices.
Thursday night - Burger and fries at the A-1 Diner
Friday night - Burger fries and onion rings at Johnny Rockets.

The Berry & Nut salad, topped with turkey at the 1912 Cafe at LL Bean.  

Saturday -We were on our way to a wedding in Southern Maine, so lunch was at the 1912 cafe.  I tried my best to correct myself with this beautiful salad.  Then completely splurged on yummy wedding food - crab cakes, peanut sauce chicken, bruschetta, cheese, veggies, more cheese, cupcakes (3!), wine and beer.  
This was a gorgeous wedding for two lovely friends of ours & the cupcakes were to die for.
Well, all of the food was actually quite yummy.  


Being a little obsessed with running, I was having a little freak out (okay, big one) about the food I was eating.  Ward told me that I focus too much on what I eat and shouldn't be as concerned.  

Given my three day diet, I would have expected to have spent quite a bit of quality time in the woods.  I was even tempted to just bring the entire toilet paper roll.  Really I was.  However, I am proud to report that there was only 1 trip to the woods.  Not too bad.  I completed this 20 miler in 3 hr and 3 minutes - 9:09 pace!  This is a huge ego booster for sure.  

So, this leads me to  - is Ward right?  Do I focus too much on what I eat?  What do you think?  I hate it when he's right.  

Am I ready for MDI?  I sure as heck hope so!  Let's compare the elevations for my past two long runs.

Yesterday's 20 miler.  Not too challenging or hilly.   The end is a challenge for sure.  But 20 miles is still a challenge.  


Last weekend's 14 miler - hillier yes, but shorter.  There were some killer uphills on that course.  I did contemplate doing that look twice yesterday and cutting out a small section to make it 20 miles, but changed my mind wimped out.  




MDI - this is what I'll be running in less than 3 weeks.  The entire 26.2 miles.  I am going to trust my training and go with it.  

25 comments:

  1. Nice job, looked strong. I had the worst run haha

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    1. You still looked like you were having a great time with your running buddy. I was more thrown off that you were running with a friend! ;)

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  2. Wow - nice job!!! And if you've had issues in the past, then it makes sense you'd focus on what you're eating. But, I swear you just never know what can happen and when!

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    1. My body is definitely playing tricks on me. What works one time doesn't work the next. Ugh! Oh well. I'll just take this one and live it up!

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  3. Great job!! You will do amazing! Maybe you should eat more burgers. ;)

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    1. I will eat more burgers, cupcakes, fries, and drink more beer apparently! ;)

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  4. You are going to rock it! Your 20 miler was awesome:)

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  5. Jen, you're going to rock MDI.......can't wait to read all about it. We're both into taper now....should be fun! LOL

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    1. I am so ready for taper!!!! I've got a huge October in store.

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  6. Awesome job woman! hey, I know some people who eat Twinkies for pre-fuel food.. so I guess it just depends on the person! I still cannot figure out what I can eat while running... ack. :) Proud of you! Thank you so much for all of your encouragement. It really means a LOT.

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    1. You are very welcome!!! I'm sure what worked this time won't work next time. My body is funky like that. I'm loving all of your encouragement as well.

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  7. You are so amazing! I just did my last long run...though 10 miles doesn't sound or feel all that long anymore!!! So happy to hear you had such an awesome run...super proud of you!

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    1. Isn't it crazy to think "I only did 10 miles"....when 10 miles is still freakin' long!!!!! I am proud of you and cannot wait to watch you rock marathon #1 next Sunday!

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  8. Way to go Jen - you have been doing enough hills to do well at MDI, just trust your training! Eating I have a sneaking suspicion that you eat better than 80% of the runners out there, so I wouldn't worry too much :-)

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    1. I eat far better than Ward on any given day!!! I am very excited about MDI!

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  9. You're ready! My only race gut attack hit me after a burger and friends. Never again my friend, never again.

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    1. Oohhh sorry! It does seem like you are getting your eating under control and figuring things out!

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  10. Great job with the run! I love runs like that. I tend to have the worst guts after eating obvious things like a bag of cherries. I don't otherwise focus on what I eat very much. No set list of things to avoid or to eat specifically.

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    1. Great to know!!! Maybe I was over analyzing things are bit too much.

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  11. Jen you are so amazing! I dont know what else to say!!! :)

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  12. Typically what you eat leading up to a run IS a factor, but sounds like everything "processed" well and based on past training, you were able to kick some ass. Great job. Always trust in the training... but I don't think burgers and fries should be power food moving forward, but I could be wrong.

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  13. YOU ARE LOOKING STRONG GIRLIE!!!

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  14. I'm so excited for you!! You are going to crush those hills at MDI!

    I also focus on what I eat and sometimes the runs where I don't, or where I think it is going to go lousy, are my best runs! I'm still being 99% careful this week though.

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  15. Great job on the 20 miler! I can't wait to see how well you do with your marathon!

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