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One really challenging 20 miler

This past weekend not only was this a hard mental run but it was hard for me physically. It wasn’t that I couldn’t do it, but I didn’t prepare myself well the night before and I also fell… out of my own klutziness.

The previous night I went to a fun “Christmas in August” party that my friend Shea threw for fun. It was great, but I was out later that I thought, and also didn’t fuel my body properly. I guess meatballs aren’t the best carbo loading food… The morning of I was tired but knew that getting this 20 miler in was not only imperative for my training but also my confidence as race day is getting closer and closer each weekend. We were off to Newport Beach where there is a fairly easy 10 mile loop which we were planning on running twice. One mile in and my stomach was UNHAPPY. I have been known to have some stomach issues previously so I was nervous and we literally had to walk to the bathroom. It was not good. We walked as fast as we could for 2 miles and finally stopped. After that I was good to get back on the road and running again, thankfully.

20 miler-splits-training-run

As you can see, the first three miles were much slower than what we were running later on in the day. I ate every 5 miles which is also why mile 15 is a bit slower as well because we walked and re-fueled. Honestly, I haven’t run this far in such a long time and actually felt okay, minus the bathroom mishap in the beginning, in I can’t even remember how long. I also fell on a wooden part of the path at mile 12, and landed on my knees and hands. It wasn’t anything terrible, more shocking than anything, and thankfully my knees were just a bit sore and I didn’t actually cut any part of my hands or knees.

It was just one of those runs where things aren’t great, but they aren’t terrible. I’m thankful that my stomach issues only lasted the first few miles, and I was happy to see that we were somewhat consistent with the rest of the splits. I was glad that even when I fell I got back up and wasn’t more seriously injured. I was so happy that my ankle felt great this run even though I twisted it just last Thursday. There are so many things to be thankful for, and focusing on the first three slower miles of the run could have bogged me down and bummed me out, but instead I am focusing on the positive and the fact that I got it done! 20 miles is always a journey, and this one taught me many things… Including that a post run reward of a Monkey Burger from In and Out is totally worth it. A Monkey Burger is a cheeseburger with animal style fries on the burger. Amazing.


I’m so thankful that I got through the entire run, didn’t quit or give up and finished. It’s all about the journey, not the destination.


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  • Reply Missy

    Congratulations! You did it! That’s a well deserved burger! Great job girl! I hate having stomach issues, it’s something I have definitely struggled with in the past, you live you learn ya know!

    August 21, 2013 at 7:23 am
  • Reply jenn @ runnderlust

    haha. I’m big on post run rewards! 20 miles is tough no matter how you look at it but I admire you for getting it done. I probably would have been done after the stomach problems!

    love that picture!

    August 21, 2013 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Colleen

    Great job! Sometimes hard runs are the best ones for us.

    August 21, 2013 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Nikki @ grabyourkicks

    Yah! Way to go! It’s all about getting the miles in! Does your burger have fries IN it??!

    August 21, 2013 at 10:43 am
  • Reply J

    Aww In and Out burger! YUMMY! I haven’t had one in like 7 years when I was in LA for college. Great job on the 20 miler girl!

    August 21, 2013 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Sandy

    The good thing is that you got it done! Congrats on that and you earned that burger!!

    August 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Judith

    Good call on that burger afterwards! Glad you didn’t give up. I know I probably would’ve.

    August 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    In & Out! Mmmmm!

    I’m actually glad you mentioned your stomach issues. I have dealt with stomach problems my whole life, and occasionally they flare up on my long runs — usually when I’m out on a long run, about halfway done, with no bathroom in sight. While I’m sorry you have to deal with them, it makes me feel slightly less alone! Unfortunately that is one of the major things that keeps me from going out on anything more than 7-9 miles…the anxiety that I might have an upset stomach and can’t do anything about it. Have you found anything that helps you?

    September 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm
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