Dominated

I have terrified about this day for weeks.  After I had my first ankle issue a few weeks ago I was terrified of the outcome that I might encounter: failure.  I think, because I didn’t finish the full marathon the first time, I’m afraid I won’t this time either.  But last time, the longest I ever ran for training was 14 miles.  This time?

20 miles baby!

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I woke up at 5:15 to get ready, eat my pb toast, and be out the door by 6am.  Why so early?  It’s not like I have Florida heat, right?  Nope, it’s because I had a time that I had to finish by to pick up my produce box, at 10am! 

The run itself, was probably one of the best long runs I’ve had thus far.  Most other times I’ve had some severe body troubles or extreme fatigue.  This time, even with the way the work week had gone, I got to bed by 9:15 on Friday night (hey, don’t hate. I’m grateful for an early night!) and rested well before it happened!

It wasn’t perfect though.  I headed out into the low 40’s and some pretty severe with wind and if you take a good look at the elevation map, I tackled some pretty nasty hills in the beginning.  I knew this was going to happen, living in the mountains, but I think I overestimated how much it was going to drain me and well, hurt my butt!  Haha!

Anyhow, I actually ran most of the first half without music.  It was such a peaceful morning, running with the sunshine (which I can’t do much these days) and listening to the birds (yep, still think about them when I’m not working; story of my life).  I luckily planned the hilly portion for the first half of the run because if it had been the other way of run, I never would have finished the run.  No joke.

I did encounter some ankle trouble around mile 11 but just slowed it down and made sure to stretch and if it got as bad as last time instead of the dull ache that it was, I would immediately stop and walk home.  But alas, no severe pain!  I had some dull aching but nothing I was super worried about. You know though that as soon as I got home I was icing it up and taking aspirin!

I knew I would have little time before picking up my box and finishing the run to eat (I have realized I have a very small window to eat after I run to prevent serious sickness and electrolyte imbalance after a run) so last night I premade and froze a banana Vega Chocolate Protein Powder and spinach smoothie that I put in the fridge before heading out the door for the run.  By the time I got home it was the perfect consistency: just like shave ice!  I bet if I had put it in the blender it would have been super creamy and just awesome.  I’ll have to do it next time!

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Can you see the insane amount of salt on my face?  No joke, it was ridiculous. I could probably jar and use it over again.  Ok, that’s just gross, but there was certainly a lot of it!

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When I finished the run and tweeted about it, it finally hit me that I had just run TWENTY MILES.  For some insane reason, it didn’t feel like it.  I used some mechanisms like counting steps when I got to hills I thought I couldn’t finish and taking the course one mile at a time for the second half.  I can’t believe I ran it though! But how the hell am I going to do 6 more without feeling more fatigued than I was today?!?!?!  I was starving by mile 18 even though I’d already slammed 1.5 packs of gu chomps and electrolyte drinks!

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Anyhow, I threw on a different sweater and headed downtown to pick up my produce box!  My fridge has been devoid of food all week, so this will certainly help!  What did it include?  Cherries, apriums (hybrid 3/4 apricot, 1/4 plum), potatoes, bell pepper, fava beans, fresh basil, kale and lettuce!  I’m interested to see how the apriums taste since I’m not a fan of apricots but love plums.  Yum!  And of course I’m super excited for the cherries!  My favorite!

I took an ice bath after the pickup and since I ran out of ice (there wasn’t enough) I took all 6 of the freezer packs I had in the freezer and added those in.  Such a great idea, and saves money when it comes to buying ice!!!  Yay!

Afterwards I headed down to Whit’s where I was starving at that point and we hit up Chipotle for lunch. I got the Vegetarian Salad with black beans, rice, grilled onion and bell pepper, salsa and guacamole.  Such a great lunch!

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We shopped around Target for a bit (broke the bank, but it’s ok because I haven’t been there in MONTHS!) and then headed to the movies to watch Thor.  It was better than I thought it was going to be, but almost kind of corny in a way too.  Odd combo, I know.  Overall I’d give it a 7.5/10.  You can definitely wait until it comes out on video to see it.

I was hungry right after the movie so we skid-addled over to an Indian place Whit had been too.  We started off with some dips/chutney and that cracker stuff to start…

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And for my main meal, I chose garlic naan, rice and chana marsala.  I seriously need to learn to make this at home!  I ended up having about a 1/3 of the chickpeas, a cup of rice and 2/3 of the naan.  Man, I love Indian food.

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Then I boasted about how I needed my chocolate fix for the day and went to TJ’s to pick up an old favorite.

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If you haven’t tried this yet, I highly recommend them.  They won’t last long in my presence if that means anything about my review. :)

Now I’m ready for bed!  I’m totally pooped from that run!  Thanks for the encouraging words though!!!  You all helped me through the hard moments!!!

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21 Responses to Dominated

  1. maria @ chasing the now says:

    That is so awesome! Hope your ankle continues to hold up!

  2. Kelley says:

    Congrats. 20 Miles is such an accomplishment. I'm impressed you did it solo too. That takes serious dedication. You're smart you did an ice bath too. Hope you're recovering well! You rock!

  3. Lee says:

    20 miles is awesome! Congrats!!

    I saw those berries at Trader Joe's yesterday but didn't pick any up. Perhaps I should have.

  4. Gabriela says:

    Congrats on the 20 miles girl!! That is SUCH an accomplishment…you're a rockstar :)

  5. Leanne says:

    20 miles, congrats! See, you can do it! Believe in yourself and you can do anything! This post also really makes me want Chipotle. Yum!!

  6. ATTrio says:

    Woohoo! Awesome run!

    I have seen those at trader joes but have never tried them. Next time I will have to pick some up!
    Sarah

  7. Heather says:

    Amazing job on your run – 20 miles is quite the accomplishment!

    Hope you are feeling not to sore today – I bet that ice bath helped a lot!

  8. fittingitallin says:

    CONGRATS GIRL! I knew you could do it – and what a great last long run before the marathon. Now you KNOW you can do it!!

    Eat up:)

  9. PoweredbyPeanutButter says:

    Awesome run…Congrats!

  10. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) says:

    So so proud of you! I knew you would bounce back and overcome! You are my hero!

    This week's produce box is the BEST. I love it!

  11. Katy (The Singing Runner) says:

    Boom baby! Congratulations!!!! Awesome awesome job! :D I'm so proud of you and you are such an inspiration!

  12. Runeatrepeat says:

    Great job!!!

  13. Caronae says:

    Yeeessssss! Congrats on the 20 miler! Such a great feeling to finish your first 20 miler. You are going to rock the marathon! Maybe you should bring 2 or 3 packs of gu or gu chomps to feel better?

  14. ~ Diana ~ says:

    Holy shizzle! Great run! Btw I've had those tj chocolates and finished them in a day!

  15. livefortoday says:

    well done on 20 miles, it feels so good when you go past a certain milestone. I cycle and remember feeling so good when I did an 100k ride.

  16. Lindsay Loves Veggies says:

    Wow! You had quite a day! 20 miles is freaking amazing!!! I totally feel you with the salt thing. It kind of grosses me out when I get done running and my face feels almost chalky from all the salt. Ewww. Congratulations though!!!

  17. Natalie says:

    WAY TO GO GIRL! this post was so inspiring, made me want to train for another marathon!

  18. Pure2raw twins says:

    congrats on the run!!

  19. Krista says:

    BOOYA! Great job, Melissa!!!

  20. Christina says:

    Nice run, Melissa! I've yet to run anything over 13, so a 20-miler remains a figment of my imagination. I will live vicariously through you =D

  21. Haley says:

    20 miles! Wow, that's awesome.
    The most I've ever done is 16!
    I bet you felt great.
    P.s. I loooove your blog & outlook on life. Keep posting & I'll keep reading! :)
    <3

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