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20 miles FINALLY in the bag

So this weekend I ventured off into another attempt to do a 20 miler. I have been majorly slacking lately in the running front. I just haven’t been able to get my act together and I was on vacation for a week and a half and working a ton. I knew this weekend, just 14 short days away from race morning, I knew it was imperative for me and my running mindset to at least complete a 20 miler.

I set off Saturday morning to Pasadena to meet up with a friend and off we went. In the beginning we were running pretty fast for myself. She is training for Long Beach, so we are both on a pretty close timetable for training. I started feeling tired right around mile 13, which I expected but we ran mostly the whole time at a pretty good speed. The last few miles were much slower than we started but I drank a lot of water the whole time and made sure to fuel properly throughout our run. Once we arrived back to her house it was getting warm and even though the 5:00 wake up call was a little early, I’m glad we got it done and I was actually really proud of myself for getting in a 20 miler with my crappy training.

That being said, yesterday Camarillo was exactly 2 weeks away. I can’t believe it’s already here! I am pretty excited, though I must admit, I am a little scared as well. I know it will be a great race and my ‘type’ of race because it’s a smaller race and I have found that I do like that. Pending how that goes I’ll make a decision on Malibu and whether I’m going to run the half or the full.

It was funny, on Saturday night I used my Sleep Cycle App (which I discussed here) and I knew I was tired, but I basically passed out.

Besides the 20 miler this weekend I was pretty much working around the house all weekend. I had another section of flowerbeds that I planted on Sunday and I also cleaned most of the house and did laundry. Pretty boring, but I know 20 miler weekends get shot a lot of the time with not really knowing how you are going to feel. I’d rather have no expectations to do anything than have a million things to do after a 20 miler. I felt like I got a lot accomplished this weekend and I worked on my cooking skills too! I made a quiche and also a pumpkin pie. I have no idea why, but I just wanted to make one.


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  • Reply Nobel4Lit (A Case of the Runs)

    Yay! I work in Pasadena… nice place to run.

    Are you picking up your Camarillo packet on Saturday? I am going to use that day to OUTLET SHOP (a little, since I need to reserve energy).

    September 20, 2010 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Aj

    awesome run! I waited until too late to do my 10 miler (puny in comparison!) on Sunday and it was soooo sunny. My friend was just commneting about she doesn’t understand this whole early to bed, early to rise thing on the weekends. I was like, sigh, you’re just not a runner!

    September 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    great job on the 20 miler d!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Crystal

    Hi Danica,
    I recently (this summer) found your blog and I really like it. I am very impressed that you can run 20 miles and then make a quiche and pumpkin pie!

    September 20, 2010 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Librarian on the Run

    Congrats on getting the 20 miler in. I hate the feeling of slacking with training (which seems to have been the story of my summer so far). So kudos for getting up and out early and getting it done! Oh, and the quiche looks delicious. :-)

    September 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply ilovesteaks

    good job practicing for the marathon and being a wife?! :)

    September 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    YES! Kick ass 20-miler yo!

    September 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply The Waspy Redhead

    Congrats on the 20 miler! That sleep cycle ap looks really interesting, I just downloaded it – I’m curious to see if I’m getting restful sleep or not. I think I’m not.

    Such a little baker, I’m proud. Before you know it, you’ll be doing a spin off food blog.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Stuart

    Nice job on the 20!

    Go get em in Camrillo!

    September 22, 2010 at 7:27 am
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