Monday, October 06, 2008

Longest run thus far

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I ran 20 miles today.

Re-reading that, it doesn't even seem possible. But yep, I ran 20 miles.

It was not easy. And true to my crazy kind of running, I never ran more than 3 miles from my home. The first 7 miles were easy, except because it's that time of the month, I needed to make a girl pit stop by the house (part of why I never went very far from home). Next 7 miles were good too. Then another pit stop. Last 6 miles got tough as I headed into new territory. But now it's done.

I'm trying to figure out long runs. Last weekend I ran 17 on Sunday and didn't like that, because it felt like I was bitchy and draggy the whole rest of the day, and it's a day with my family. So today I ran with the kids in school and Tim at work, thinking that would be better. I'm not sure if it is or not. Kids still have needs. Dinner still happens. Honestly, what I want to be is Dean Karnazes, who talks about running all night, then coming home and playing with his kids. I'm more like "Stop the world -- I ran 20 miles today!" Maybe as I get used to more distance it will be easier. Actually, I no longer feel completely wiped by a 13 mile training run, and as that used to be my longest distance, maybe there's hope as I stretch out the miles.

So what's happening right now? I'm making chocolate chip cookies and loving every minute of it!

10 comments:

Colette said...

Crap woman!! You are awesome!!! You deserve those cookies for sure!

I think it's a great idea running that much on school/work days, as long as you have a cell phone with you, everything should be fine.

As I've said to you many times before, you are someone I so admire!!

Oh, now you need to tell Tim that you need a nice hot bath and a massage ;)

Irene said...

I love the sign!

Woohooo! 20 miles! It's always an accomplishment!

Julianne said...

20? holy cow leslie! you are ready for a marathon!! congrats!! gosh, what a great accomplishment. :-)

ok, how did you make that sign? that is so awesome!

oh also, "the laminator" wrote this great article on his blog today: anatomy of a 20 mile training run. i'm sure you already know this stuff but, just in case:

http://therunninglaminator.blogspot.com/2008/10/over-past-year-ive-noticed-that.html

Jennifer said...

CONGRATULATIONS! What a great woman you are!

Erik said...

20 miles is awesome. I can't wait until 13 miles feels "normal".

I was actually thinking about when 1 mile seemed like 1000 miles.

Congrats!!

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Shelly said...

You own the road! great job Leslie!

Marcy said...

CONGRATS on the 20 miler!! Whoooo Hoooo! Go have yourself some cookies ;-)

Sandy said...

Leslie: After hearing about your 20 mile run I thought that maybe I could run at least 1 mile!!

I am so proud of you. You are such an inspiration to so many of us. Can you hear the cheers from Southern California?

*aron* said...

CONGRATS!!!! that is sooo awesome!

Jo Lynn said...

Congratulations on the 20-miler! It is an incredible feeling. Even sounds like yours was a bit challenging.
Do you know the Canada Family? That is my brother - goes to your church. Small world, if you do.
Peace,
~Jo Lynn