So today was a BIG day for me. Today was a test. A test that I passed. Barely. It was hard as hell, but I completed the task at hand (or foot). Today I ran for the VERY first time 20 miles. Did I hit “the wall?: Maybe, but I kept on going. I did it in 3:57:02 burning over 2000 calories which I think I may have consumed since I finished.
So why the test?
You may remember my post Can’t Always Get What You Want
Where I talk about how close I came to possibly being in this years NYC Marathon.
Obviously, I didn’t get in, but it was there in the back of my mind. Could I run a Marathon if I wanted. Could I push myself? I didn’t get the opportunity to find out, so I focused on the Hat Trick training which worked for me. But in my mind, the seed was planted. I may do the NYC Marathon in the future, but I wanted to test my limits now. I have friends that are going to Philly to do the Gore-Tex Marathon in a few weeks. I’ve been toying with it, but haven’t made a decision. I could even do a half. I could call it a day and just wait till next race season. I’ve pushed a lot this year. A lot more than I ever thought that I would. But I was curious if I could push myself for a long training run. I wanted to see if I could do it. Dawn had one today. So I tagged along. Why not? Just a fun day with a friend. But I told her I would do the 20 and she got me there.
Before today the most I’ve ever run in one day is a little more than 13 miles. Training for the Hat Trick, I did have days where I would run 13 after running 5 & 8 in the preceding days. I ran 22 total when I did the Hat Trick. I needed to see if I could do the 20 though.
I never fully understood how heavy the legs would feel on a long run like this. There were decent hills too and as the miles rose it felt like someone was adding weight to my legs. Since I didn’t “need” this run for any other reason than to test myself, I probably (no probable here) would have stopped without my running buddy. I would have hated myself later, but I still would have stopped. She needed it, but she also knew that mentally I needed it. We plodded through this run with a good solid pace even up those big hills. It was worth it, when we hit the 20 though.
What did I learn about pushing it to 20 today?
- Don’t do Crossfit with wall balls the day before.
- Don’t do a 6 mile hills two days before
- I can do it.
- I am ready, I just need to decide if now is the time.
So as I ponder these things, I will finish my wine, eat my chocolate, and go to bed as I’m tired!
What limits do you push?