The weekend, long run recap& life celebrations!

What an awesome weekend!
A great long run of 18.33 miles. I haven’t run this course since I was in training for Boston. It’s chock full of tough hills throughout the entire course and it makes for a particularly challenging few hours. The last time I ran it, my times looked like this-

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Yesterday’s run was this:

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(my map my run & my garmin disagreed slightly)
My favorite part about this run was that I knew I was holding back with my paces because it’s been quite a while since I’ve run this far, and I didn’t want to burn out too quickly. I can’t wait to do it again and go full throttle into it. #ilovetorun

I love a long run. Especially after taking a day off (I took off Friday) to rest the old muscles. I wake up excited and my running feet are all peppy. I even lay out my outfit the night before.

Once you start logging lots of miles for marathon training, it can become a little monotonous. Long runs can get Especially repetitive. I’ve had more than my fair share of craprastic-I-can’t-freaking-wait-to-be-home long runs. Wrapping your mind around the distances can feel overwhelming. I try to take the run apart in my mind and break it into smaller, more manageable sections. And even though I looooove to see the splits that I hit, I don’t think about the total amount of miles I’m running-I think about getting to the top of Sherburne Road, and once I hit that mark, I move on to my next one. I try to live in the current mile: i can’t change or re-do the miles I’ve already done, only the one I am in now. This has always been the easiest way for me to handle the “bigger” distances.

After my long run, we had some friends over for an awesome get together!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria....it was amazing!

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This little one is only 7 and is going to be taller than me within like a year!
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Sunday was off to celebrate my amazing Memere who turned 85 this week!! We had Lobsterfest 2014-

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Literally, biggest lobsters I have ever seen in my life!! They were delicious!
And the best cookies you have ever had in your LIFE-a blueberry oatmeal cookie with a lemon glaze. Amazing.

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And a very happy bday to this lady:) my Memere is the coolest sweetest grandma ever. And she is now 85!!!!!!

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I’ll be back this week with an update on my Baystate training!

How do you make it easy on yourself to handle long runs?

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18 thoughts on “The weekend, long run recap& life celebrations!

  1. Way to rock that 18-miler! What a huge improvement from 4 months ago!

    I usually break my long runs mentally into two halves. There’s something about reaching the halfway point of a long run – everything changes. Suddenly it seems so much easier. Other than that, my “tactic” is nontactic: I just try not to think about it. If it’s hard I remind myself that I will get through it, just like I always do.

    I continue to swoon over your fantastic run times! I can only hope one day I’ll get there too. You fasties give me motivation!

  2. Well done on your long run! My longest run wasn’t even close to yours haha! But when I did go for it (16.8 km), I did the same thing you do: break it into smaller chuncks. At some points of my run all I did was to focus on reaching the next lamp post, and then the next after it šŸ™‚ I love, however, when my mind simply wonders off. Those are truly the moments I enjoy the most because that’s when I run for the pure joy of it šŸ™‚ xoxo

  3. I like what Lisa said–it’s kind of a mind trick. I find nice country places to run–that are beautiful, and I have great podcasts to run to. I also don’t track my miles…but just my time. It makes it easier somehow šŸ™‚

  4. Congrats on the fabulous long run! You are killing it out there on those hills!

    Also, that lobster looks freakin delicious and is making me crave seafood right now…and Happy Birthday to your grandma!

  5. Wow speedy long run according to Garmin! Nicely done. And aren’t you soooo right about the long runs… I break my mileage up too. I make agreements with my head that if I make it to mile “a” I can eat “x” amounts of shot bloks lol that and checking out the scenery as I run by. There’s usually something new to see like a woodpecker bird or squirrels jumping out at me lol

  6. I also think of them in chunks…also by reaching landmarks. So I’ll do a route in one area of the city and then make my way to a different area to change things up. I also try to switch it up each long run so I don’t know exactly how much more I have- its an attempt to trick myself but it sort of works!

  7. Great weekend and awesome on the long runs!

    I agree on the milestone approach – my routes tend to be ‘modular’ for the most part, this chunk is 2.5 miles, this one is 4 miles and so on … and that is how I assemble my runs starting from my house. So I can set myself up to hit those same places and know where I should be at and let everything else go.

    That actually happens for me repeating marathons and half-marathons as well …I found that I was seeking milestone spots rather than just mile markers …

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