19+ Mile Run Today - 49 Days Until the LA Marathon

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What a great day today, With the rain and everything. Today Jackie my Spark Friend (MISSJCISRUNNING) and I did a training run. We started at Peir 52 in Marina Del Ray, It started off to be a very, very nice day the sun was out then around mile 3 it started raining. Well our plan was for a 18 mile run.

I was happy to follow Jackie's running plan since I had never ran 18 miles and really did not want to kill myself. Her plan called for a 12 minute pace for the 1st 8 miles and then a 13 minute pace for the 2nd 8 miles. now I'm a 9:45-10:45 minute pacer so what we did was run and walk for 1 - 4 minutes then run some more. when looking back at my Nike + my runs were in the 10:15 pace and my walks were in the 13 minute pace. My Nike + was off about 1/4 miles from Jackie's GPS tracker and I ran a little extra then would run back to her. then I didn't log in the last 1/4 + mile back to my car. . So all in all I tracked 19.09 miles 3hr 35 minutes with an average pace of 11.15.

And I have to tell you. I fell great. If it was not for Jackie's Run /walk I don't think I would be felling so good right now.

When I got home My husband had the steam room fired up and it set in there for maybe 5 minutes and just stretched and then took a 70 degree shower. OMG it felt so good.

I fell 100% I'm ready for the LA Marathon, Next week I'm going to go for 20 - 21 miles.

Thank you Jackie your the best
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    sounds like your training is going really well, I'll be looking in to see how your doing, itwill be great to follow your progress have a great week. emoticon
    3584 days ago
    Great job on the run. I like the run/walk. I use the Jeff Galloway method and it helps me mentally to know that at some point I get a little break. I think it also helped me after my half to feel really good and not so worn out. I felt like I could have gone more if I had to.
    3586 days ago
    I am so proud of you.

    I'm sorry I missed your call today, your message was so incredibly sweet!!!

    hope you arent too sore tomorrow. I've never done an ice bath, but I have gone in the HOT TUB at the gym after my long runs (the 18 and 20 milers) and loved it and I definitely think THAT helped the day after. Marathon day, after the run, i'm gonna stand in my aunts non heated swimming pool. NO ICE BATHS for me!

    SO SO SO proud of you! You are READY for that marathon!
    3590 days ago
    Amazing, simply amazing.
    3590 days ago
    I don't think I even drove 19 miles today.

    Glad you have a spark friend to run with and motivate you with her training plan. I'm sure that helps. Sounds like a beautiful area to run.
    3590 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/30/2011 9:27:26 PM
    Trish makes sense. NFL players take ice baths. I spent a lot of time with ice during physical therapy myself.

    The ice bath does sound like torture though!
    3591 days ago

    Congratulations on your first 19 miler! Don't be surprised if you're sore tomorrow- it usually hits me the next day.

    I'm a marathoner too and just wanted to offer a tip. That hot shower and steam room sound heavenly, but what you really want to do it cold. I know it sounds like torture, but you need to get into a bath with totally cold water. An ice bath is suggested, but I myself can't bring myself to do it. But turning the water up to the coldest you can get to, and getting in, maybe drinking something hot while you're in there so you can tolerate it longer, will be a lot better for you.

    When you go for long runs like that, you're muscles, feet tendons- everything- swell. And going into a hot shower definitely feels good, but it makes everything swell even more. A cold bath stunts the swelling and helps repair microtears in the muscles and you'll thank yourself after about the first 5 minutes, when you get past the shock and into the numbness, that you did it.

    I ran 12-13 today, not sure, but I got into the ice bath when I got home. And believe me, I live in CT, we're surrounded by mountains of snow and it's been such a frigid winter- the last thing I wanted to do was get into cold water after I ran in 20 degree weather (which was a heat wave compared to how it's usually been lately.) But I feel great now, not much soreness, and I did a lot of intense hills in that run. Normally by now I'd be feeling it.

    Look at Runner's World web site and search on ice baths or recovery ideas. They'll explain the physiology better than I can.

    Again, congratulations on a great run. And good luck on your Marathon. sounds like you're really ready.

    3591 days ago
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