20 miles to somewhere …

QuoteThis past weekend my running group had plans for a 20 mile training run. The plans were to run the Murdock Canal in Utah County, but that changed to a run in Herriman that was supposed to simulate the Ogden Marathon. While some of our running group stuck with those runs. Becky and I stayed even closer to home because of babysitting issues.

Which really wasn’t a hinderance.

So on Friday we finalized plans to run down Emigration Canyon. Initially the plan was to run up and then back down the canyon. But, once Becky and I met up on Saturday morning we really realized how stupid that really was. Like, really, really stupid. The kind of stupid that probably would have killed us.

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We decided to drive 10 miles up the canyon to drive back down and then drive back up to run back once again. But, again, on the fly we decided to run five miles out and back from where I parked my car and THEN run down the canyon (if you were able to follow all of that, congratulations).

IMG_9060This plan actually turned out to not be that bad, despite the fact that we ended up running some pretty nasty hills. It was a good challenge. We even ran past a couple Mormon Historical markers to pass the time (and hills). The climb from about mile two to five was quite dramatic. We nearly went from about 6000 feet to nearly 6800ish feet.

But, the climb was great and very serene. The road towards Big Mountain was still closed to traffic so we had the whole road to ourselves (besides a few cyclists). It was awesome. I was just waiting to be attacked by deer or something it was that serene.

IMG_9111After a quick little break at the five mile turnaround point, the run back down was much needed and appreciated. It was almost a night and day in how much easier it was to run.

On the way back down we meet up with Christy at around mile nine. She was a sight for sore eyes and always fun to run with. It was a great pick me up in the middle of our run.

IMG_9080Once we got back to my car for a quick refuel we then headed down the canyon to finish the remaining 10 miles of our run. Running down hill seems glorious and pain free, but it’s not quite that glorious. My knees and calves started screaming at me around mile 13. I really had to push through miles 13-17. But, I made it and my knees didn’t fall off. Thankfully.

Though I was slowing down I wasn’t really too concerned with my pace for the run, because 20 mile training runs are more about mental preparation for marathons than anything. The speed work and speed runs have their own place in the training process, but not in my 20 miles run.

IMG_9141The run ended at Becky’s apartment complex and after running around her complex to round up to 20 miles we collapsed on the complex’s lawn. 20 miles was officially in the books!

As soon as were composed ourselves we headed to 7 Eleven for liquid and ice. I bought myself some orange juice and a 50oz. Smart Water bottle. I downed that water bottle with ease.

I didn’t feel dehydrated. But, my body was definitely on the verge, despite drinking throughout the run. Apparently not enough though.

IMG_9107After grabbing a wonderfully timed Sears burrito I headed to the store, before heading home, for ice and even more water. I took a much needed ice bath once I got home.

My legs haven’t been as bad as I thought they would be, but I felt like I was slammed by a truck for the past couple days. My body has just been tired and generally sore. I slept a lot on Sunday, but now feel refreshed and excited for the upcoming week.

IMG_9097I am glad that I have a slightly low mileage week. After putting in 41 miles last week my body is need of some rest. It will be nice. Plus, I have the Salt Lake City Half Marathon on Saturday so I want to make sure my body is ready to run.

But, overall I am excited to run my marathon this summer. Mentally I am there. I feel that. I have one more 20 miler planned in a couple of weeks, then a bunch of half marathons and longer runs.

I’m excited.

PICTURES OF MY RUNNING ADVENTURES

Here’s how my running week looked like …

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2014

2014 Training Miles – 324.6 miles
2014 Walking Miles – 28.25 miles
2014 Race Miles – 46.4 miles
2014 Total Miles – 399.25 miles
 
Monthly Total Miles for 2014
January – 100.0 miles
February – 100.0 miles
March – 130.0 miles
April – 69.25 miles

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