10 Ways to Make Your Twenty Mile Run Last Forever

I originally just wanted to title this blog "20 on the 20th", but that was before I ran twenty miles today.

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to." - Frodo, quoting Bilbo in JRR Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring

1. Starting at mile 14, stop to walk at every mile. Every time you stop to walk, stop the Garmin. Stretch during those walk breaks.

2. Stop to change out of your sweaty socks and shoes at mile 12.

3. Since it's so warm (80 degrees), you'll run out of water sooner than expected and you'll feel like you're dying of thirst. This will slow you down. When you pass the only neighbor who is outside, don't beg for a drop of water from their garden hose because that's the neighbor who didn't speak to you (thanks, see ya' or anything - maybe - would have been nice) when you returned their dog, that jumped on you and then ran with you down the street and around the corner, and you're kind of afraid of him (the neighbor).

4. When you stop for water at mile 17, sit on the chair on your porch and watch the sweat puddle underneath your chair get bigger.

5. Go inside and make a glass of Gatorade (powder added to water). Go outside to drink it.

6. Since there's a thunderstorm now, go inside and set up the treadmill to finish the 2.69 miles you have left.

7. Answer the phone when it rings.

8. Go back to the treadmill and just stand there because your stomach feels a little sick.

9. Since you're stopped anyway, put some ice in the bathtub for your ice bath.

10. Put the treadmill on the slowest pace possible where you can still call it a run and not a walk.

I tried all ten of these steps today and they really do work. ; )

- Filed under the funny label because sometimes running 20 miles is funny.


  1. hahahahahahaa cute = )

    Good girl for sticking with it!

  2. Now that's what I call perseverance!

  3. Wow, way to get it done! Twenty is very impressive!


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