8 In running

Longest run to date: 32.55km = 20.2miles

What can I say other than 32km is a bloody long run!

Thankfully my legs didn’t loose the plot like they did during last weekend’s much shorter run, but I have to say that after about 28km I was a bit bored of it all 😐

The husband dropped off at that point as he has a knee niggle and I plodded along crowded streets towards home not really having any zen thoughts in my head and only thinking about finally getting home and whether I’d have time to have a coffee in peace before my mother and the kids got back from Estonian School.

Since it was my longest distance ever I was hoping for another runner’s high like after this run, but getting high doesn’t happen very often so this time it didn’t either. Oh well. The main thing is that I ran a long way and I didn’t die at the end 🙂

Good things about this run:

  • Ran with my new Camelbak for the first time and it was light and comfortable.
  • Torq gels continue to function well – the only inedible kind is banoffee, other flavours are nice (other than being really sweet which I’m not used to but I suspect I cannot find a non-sweet energy gel).
  • Having done previous long runs in my Nike Zoom Vomero+ 7s, I ran this one in my good old Adidas adiSTAR Ride 2-s and definitely my feet definitely felt a lot less tired and stressed by the end of the run.
  • Feeling like I can probably actually run this marathon tomorrow if I had to (well, maybe not tomorrow but in a few days :).
  • Knowing now that a realistic time in which I will run this marathon will be between 4:10 and 4:30.

Not so good things about this run:

  • Not seeing the water level in the Camelbak meant that I drank too little and had a whole litre left when I got home.  Also, I saw later that it had rubbed my back a little.
  • Stopped at 22km to go to the bathroom but still when I got home I had to RUN to the loo again – darn GI issues!
  • Got lost a few times around Imperial Wharf and had to stop to look at the map.
  • Got bored 😐 and thought that I really enjoy training for half marathons a lot more than for a full one 🙁

After I got home, I guzzled down a Torq recovery drink (bleghhh – very sweet again but it’s supposed to be good for me), showered my legs with cold water while standing in a laundry bucket so water came up to my knees (the closest thing I’ll ever get to an ice bath as I hate anything cold), cooked up some chicken, broccoli and egg whites, followed by coffee and a Bounce almond ball.

Then the kids came home and we took them out skateboarding and to Pizza Express. I ordered a pizza but it felt really heavy for my stomach and I could barely eat half of it. Tomorrow morning I’m doing a 7 or 8km recovery run and then spend the rest of the day at a 4th birthday party.  I think I better go to bed at 8 tonight 🙂

skate1 skate3


You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    March 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Wow, great training run, the course does look a but uninspiring except for the bits along the river…

    • Reply
      March 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      The bit along the river was actually the worst this weekend – very windy 😐

  • Reply
    Ffion (Chocolate and Raspberries)
    March 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Well done on your long run! Do you run with music? Could this help stop you feeling bored? Although I’m sure with the actual marathon there’s no way you’d ever feel bored with so much going on!

    • Reply
      March 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      There are weeks I love to run with music and then weeks when I don’t. I think I should take headphones with me on my next long run and turn the music on half way through. Any good song / album suggestions?

  • Reply
    March 10, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Wow amazing job on the long run – love seeing all the thing you learned through it too. Have a good rest today!

  • Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    %d bloggers like this: