Sunday, September 25, 2011

My Marathon + .01 Training Run

My training plan for the Palo Duro 50K called for a 26 mile trail run this weekend.  I headed out to my favorite hilly trails early this morning.  I was excited to get started and had a feeling it was going to be a great run. And it totally was!!!  :)

Can you spot the deer?

Dave even came out with his mountain bike and rode by me a few times to offer words of encourgement and bring me cold water.  I loaded up my vest with 70 ounces of water, dates, energy bars and S! caps.  The first 10 mile loop was blissful with the outside temp only 59 degrees.  There was a breeze blowing through the trees and I was totally in my element and loving every second.  I purposely picked the hilliest routes to help me get ready for Palo Duro, although I think the route today was much hillier than what I'll see at PD.  The second 10 mile loop was a little warmer but still comfortable.  At the 20 mile mark I started running some flatter sections of the trails and finished up strong.  I couldn't be at 26 miles and stop there though, right?  At first I thought I'd tack on the .2 to reach marathon distance, but kept going until my Garmin hit 26.3 so that I went OVER marathon distance today.  Awesome!

I'm sore but happy.... last really long run done.  Next weekend will be a 16 miler and the weekend after that a 12 miler. 

Have a great week!


  1. That is a crazy long run to do as training like that. Well done! Lots of respect for you. You will have a very good 50k.

  2. Thanks Johann! I'm hurting today..kinda like I ran a marathon yesterday. :P

  3. Very nice job! It's hard for me to imagine running a marathon distance as a training run. You're gonna do great especially training on that trail with all those hills! I watch your training closely as someday I hope to mimic it!

  4. Thanks Jen! I hope to someday be where you are at with running barefoot. I'm down to running in my Saucony Kinvara's (only 4mm drop) except when I do the occasional run in my Vibram's or Merrell Pace Gloves. You're an inspiration!