Saturday I woke up and knew I needed to run 20 miles – my last long run before Boston.
Twitter and facebook haunted me as countless runners posted pictures and comments of how great their final long run went.
It didn’t motivate me. It made me frustrated. I didn’t want to run long. I was tired. I am worn out.
I woke up Sunday morning and again didn’t want to run long. I reasoned with myself that I am just doing Boston for fun so it would be okay to skip this run.
I NEVER skip long runs. Ever.
I was ready to skip this one.
I always feel better after a long run – always – so I just needed to harness the feeling I get after to motivate me to get going.
I asked Chloe if she wanted to run with me. I told her that we would be running for 2+ hours.
The farthest I’ve pushed one of my children was 13.1 - if I could push Chloe for 16 miles that would be similar to running 20 miles.
Chloe was up for the challenge. We packed the car, stroller, snacks, kindle and headed to my favorite local trail.
The run was an out and back so I knew with every mile I went forward that was actually adding two miles on to the run. At 8 miles – only running 2 more miles to hit 10 didn’t seem so hard. When I turned around and realized I was going to take my stroller run PR from 13.1 to 20 in one day – I freaked a little.
20 miles later – I found my strong.
I’m glad I pushed through not wanting to run. I’m sore as can be today – in places I don’t normally get sore from during a long run - but it was totally worth it for the sense of accomplishment I feel.
If I can push a 5 year old for 20 miles – what can’t I do?
How did I keep Chloe entertained?
- I made it a challenge – it wasn’t just me running 20 miles – it was US running 20 miles – she cheered me on.
- We talked and talked and talked – some miles I looked down at my pace and knew I was on the slower end because of how many time I had to answer the question WHY? Chloe learned on this run that not all questions have answers. Sometimes the answer just IS – there is no why.
- We brought the Kindle – she played games in the beginning till about mile 5 and then got sick of it. She said she preferred talking to me and looking out at the new route we were running on.
- Snacks and a lollipop and the promise of ice cream or whatever yummy treat she wanted post run. [she didn't finish the lollipop or the snacks]
- I made it something special that just the girls were doing. Girls rule and boys drool was the theme of the run – we loved spending mommy-daughter time together. After the run we met up with the Saucony Sprinter Van that was at Reston Town Center visiting. Chloe loved it that they were cheering her on for running 20 miles and congratulating her rather than me.
I woke up today and wasn’t really sure how on earth I pushed her for 20 miles let alone with an 8:06 average – 2:42:02 of running. Looks like a stroller marathon is FOR SURE in my future.
Does that happen to you? You do something that you didn’t think possible and then after you still don’t think it was possible?
- Mile 1: 8:33
- Mile 2: 8:21
- Mile 3: 8:25
- Mile 4: 7:39
- Mile 5: 7:44
- Mile 6: 8:01
- Mile 7: 7:54
- Mile 8: 8:26
- Mile 9: 8:13
- Mile 10: 8:05
- Mile 11: 7:33
- Mile 12: 8:00
- Mile 13: 8:03
- Mile 14: 8:22
- Mile 15: 8:22
- Mile 16: 8:19
- Mile 17: 8:33
- Mile 18: 7:44
- Mile 19: 7:48
- Mile 20: 8:00