Marathon training means no more sleeping in on Saturday’s! 😦

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I don’t like getting up early, but I like getting my run done early enough in the day, so I can still get other things done.

I need to make sure I have time to drink my energize…

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and eat at least a little something before I go, especially for long runs like today!

The banana did well for me on Thursday, so that’s what I went with again today, and no issues again. Might need to add a little something more before next weekend’s long run though.

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I also like being able to beat the heat and some of the direct sun.

Although that wasn’t as much of an issue for today’s run…

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It felt AMAZING out there this morning! It was so nice not having it already 70 plus degrees by 7 am!

Today’s GOAL was 13 miles at an 8:40 pace. I couldn’t ONLY run 13 miles. I had to make it an actual half-marathon. πŸ™‚

It was a REALLY good run today. I actually didn’t worry too much about the pace, as an 8:40 was feeling easy after speed and tempo work this week. I even added in the bigger hill in the neighborhood twice. It doesn’t look that bad, but it sneaks up on you, especially when you run it during miles 5 and 10/11.

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It’s not easy running 13.1 miles around your neighborhood, especially when the biggest loop you have is about 2 miles.

That being said, here is how my half-marathon went this morning…

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13.1 mile at an 8:29 pace! πŸ™‚

So happy with how this run felt! I didn’t fuel or hydrate during it, mostly because it was so much cooler than the weather I had been running in, but I also didn’t need the fuel.

Oh, funny story about why mile 12 was so much faster! Some how I was thinking that I was running mile 13 and only had a little bit more to go, so I picked up the pace a little bit. Then when my watch beeped for the mile, I looked down and it told me I still had another mile! πŸ™‚ I just laughed and was like, oops! I knew I still had enough in me to finish out the 13.1 miles, but I think I will pay better attention from now on! πŸ˜‰

All finished…

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And what a beautiful morning for a run…

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A little bit longer of a cool down walk today while I drank my hydrate…

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It was just SO nice out…

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Ended up with a little surprise though when I got home and took of my shoes, which is ALWAYS the first thing I do when I get home. I hate having my shoes on any longer than I need too! πŸ™‚

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Thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as it looked…

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Finished today’s workout with some much needed recover and stretching!

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Day 3 & Week 16/16 β€” COMPLETE!Β 

Next run is Tuesday!

  • What’s your favorite distance to run? Why?
    • Marathon 26.2, I love the challenge!
  • What’s the first thing you do when you get home from a run?
    • Take off my shoes!
  • What do you eat before a long run?
    • Right now a banana and I drink my energize, but looking for other/more ideas, which is why I am asking! πŸ˜‰

Thank you for reading and following my journey to the Chicago and Kansas City Marathons!