I MUST go to bed earlier on Friday nights, so I can get up and get out for my long runs earlier! You would think I would know this by now, but I guess not.

While it wasn’t overly hot today, it would definitely have helped to be out and running at least an hour earlier!

It was a beautiful morning for a long run…

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…but it was about 10 degrees warmer at the end of today’s run compared to last weekend.

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Ugh! That 10 degrees in complete sun makes a HUGE difference.

Before I get into the details of today’s run, let’s start at the beginning.

I set my alarm for 5:30 am today and even though I didn’t want to get up, I did! The first couple of weeks of getting up super early on Saturday mornings is tough, but once I get used to it (and go to bed earlier) it won’t be so bad! 🙂

Started my day with some water, energize, and oatmeal before today’s run…

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If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it, right?!

I just think that I might need to add a little something more OR fuel during my run because I was getting hungry about half way through today’s run.

I have a hard time fueling during my long runs, but I know I need to and that it would have definitely helped for today’s run towards the end. I did have a gel before I started my run, but should have had at least one more half-way through. Got to work on the fueling part!

It’s HARD to forget YOUR GOALS when you wear them on your head! 🙂

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On the schedule for today’s run was 15 miles at an 8:57 pace.

GOAL pace achieved, but it wasn’t easy!

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I ended up with an 8:51 pace, which I am definitely happy with today. This run was tough compared to last week’s.

However, that 8:51 pace includes a bathroom and water break during mile 6, hence the increase in time AND a water break during mile 13! It’s getting that time in my training where I need to carry my Camelbak, which would probably help my fueling issue as well, since I would have water with me.

I am very happy with how consistent my miles AFTER mile 4 were! I knew those early fast miles were going to hurt me later. 😦 I also ran a lot of HILLS throughout these 15 miles, and it doesn’t matter how big or small they are when you are running them every lap and a half or so. Ouch!

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Not a huge elevation gain…504 feet over the course of 15 miles, but it still hurt! Got the bigger hill in twice and the second biggest hill in once today.

I was SO happy to be finished today! That sun was HOT!

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After a 1 mile cool down walk with the hubby, some hydrate and water…I was feeling better, but it felt even better to go inside and take off my SHOES!

I got my recover and TRIED to stretch, but…

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…somebody missed me while I was gone and thought I was sitting on the floor for her! 😉 And how could I say, no!

I did FINALLY get my stretching in…

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…which felt AMAZING!

After a much needed shower, I was craving french fries and salt, so THIS happened…

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I really try to keep it healthy, even after my long runs, but sometimes you just need to treat yourself. The Greek Pasta was definitely a healthier option and this was only part of it! Delicious too!

It’s difficult to eat back 1,508 clean and healthy calories. THAT would be a LOT of food and I already feel like that’s all I have done today besides run and take a NAP!

Yes, I got my nap in today, which is why I am so late posting this! 🙂

Day 6 & Week 15/16  — COMPLETE! 

Next run is Tuesday!

  • What do you use to fuel during your long runs?
  • Do you take a nap after your long runs?

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