Last Very Long Run Day

How was your Easter Sunday?  We had a great day.  Started the day off with church and came home for a late breakfast and hopes that the sun would finally break through and let us go on our adventure outside.    The plan was for my favorite pit crew to bike alongside me and provide me extra water if needed and encouragement when the miles got tough.

We loaded up the bike and headed to a place where the snow had melted and we could safely ride and run for 20 miles which is my last very long run before the marathon at the end of the month.  It was wonderful to be outside even if the wind was blowing us all around, I’ll take it!  So much better than the treadmill any day!!!

I was also excited that I was having calf pain and yesterday I went and picked up some calf sleeves to try out.  The good news is that I only had calf pain at the end when my legs were so tired they were just pushing me to finish.  I also figured out that the treadmill has ruined my gait and that is what brought on the leg pain to begin with.  After mile 2 on my run I noticed that my heals where already killing me and I pushed myself forward on my foot to a mid-strike (which I thought I was doing because that is how I usually run) only to discover that the heal pain went away and that my calves immediately found relief.  Yeah!!!  Now don’t get me wrong I am thankful that I have been able to train through this crazy snowy winter but I think over the next 3 weeks I’m gonna try to do most of my running outside to work on getting that gait back before the marathon.

So the countdown is on!  I am so glad that this training plan is coming to an end.  I have enjoyed it and I think it has really helped me but the true test will be at the marathon.

Here are some pics from the run:

And we are off!

And we are off!

Figuring out my gait and making some corrections.

Figuring out my gait and making some corrections.  Lots of concentration!

I figured it out!! Happy Girl!

I figured it out!! Happy Girl!

Did I mention it was windy?!

Did I mention it was windy?!

Getting towards the end.  I think I was saying only 3 more miles and a few more hills!

Getting towards the end. I think I was saying only 3 more miles and a few more hills!

So I might be stuck!

So I might be stuck!

Very surprised how little hip pain I had but it never hurts to stretch them out.

Very surprised how little hip pain I had but it never hurts to stretch them out.  Oh and that is a smile not a grimace.  🙂

Dave my pit crew.  Best pit crew ever!

Dave my pit crew. Best pit crew ever!

The final results

The final results

 

How was your Easter?  Do anything fun?

Happy Easter!

4 thoughts on “Last Very Long Run Day

  1. Gosh well done! 20 miles is a long way – 32kms. Paul did 30kms yesterday in preparation for a 40.5km race he’s doing in NZ – he did it with a mate and then a friend and I joined them for the middle kms (we did 16kms – 10 miles). So pleased to hear the pain is going away. I’m still utterly impressed with doing all that training on a treadmill!!! All the best for a good taper.

    • thanks so much. Sounds like you all had a great weekend of running. Thank you so much for sharing. Now really comes the hard part of tapering and trying to stay confident that I’ve done all I can. I think spring is finally here and I can be outside a lot more!

  2. I have long thought that the treadmill makes my feet hurt. I do NOT like running on it, but I wouldn’t have ran in February if I didn’t do it. I have to run slowly on the treadmill, or I get aches and pains. I’ll have to check my gait the next time I go on! I didn’t think about that. Congrats on getting your “training groove” back! 🙂

    • I have been having some calf pain on the treadmill for a little while but just thought it was because of the mileage. Yesterday was proof that the treadmill was causing the pain. Glad to be back outside!

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