Great 18 Mile Run

A Pretty Bar Harbor, Maine Restaurant (seen on recent trip)
Today I had a primary goal: run 18 miles. I did that!

I also had a secondary goal: run 6 miles at marathon pace just before my cool-down mile. That's the part that I wasn't so sure about.

It was very windy and I was averaging a 10 minute pace until mile 11. Then I jumped on the Memorial Park track thinking that it would be easier to fight the wind in short spurts rather than running into it for a mile or so at a time.

My goal was 8:47 pace or better for 6 miles and I averaged 8:41. It's only a 1/4 mile track and I ran around and around it 23 times! (I ran 1/4 mile off the track.) Finishing those 6 miles felt great because it was a tough workout that I wasn't sure that I could finish.

Today I ate three vanilla Gu gels. Just for fun, I've been experimenting with eating raisins (1/4 cup) or Fig Newtons (2 cookies) in place of a gel packet while running. They work fine. Have you eaten regular food during your runs?

Comments

  1. I supplement gels with some Fig Newtons on really long runs. Sometimes by the end I'm really hungry and gels just don't do it for me. Good job on the 18 and finishing strong!

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  2. What a pretty cottage! So English!

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  3. That is a LOT of laps! Ha! I would lose track for sure. Thank goodness for the garmin :)..I don't do well with regular food while running, but glad you do!

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  4. i eat regular food on my long bike rides. i don't really run far enough to need to experiment with it when running. but it works for me on the bike.

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  5. Great job on the workout! I love it when a run goes better than, or as good as expected.

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  6. Great run - always awesome to finish a long run that starts so-so. We've eaten raisins, fig newtons, Snickers, Salted Nut Rolls - whatever tastes good and sits well when you are really worked over!

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  7. Happy Trails, I need to try Snickers on a run - yum!

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  8. I use fig newtons when biking. They really hit the spot.

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  9. I love reading about all of your experiments. They always make me think....

    nice ending to that run

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  10. Only if candy counts as "real food"! I like the idea of Fig Newtons.

    Good job on the workout.

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  11. Hi Tina, I'm glad I found your blog! Looks like you're a very experienced blogger and runner, while I just started with both! I hope you can visit my blog now and then and maybe give me some tips :-)

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  12. Good job on the 18 miler.
    I begin with a regular food breakfast, but keep it light. While running, it's tough for me to choke anything down so the blobs of Hammergel which seem lighter than GU work fine. When I train, I usually only eat 2 even if I run 18 - 20 miles. When I race, I have 4 with me PLUS chomps.

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  13. Love that first line of your posting. Good for you. I'm very envious!

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  14. I regularly eat granola bars. Gu and shot blocks and that stuff gets my stomach rolling and it's not pretty. Way to go on a tough workout!! 23 laps can be mentally defeating and you did it.

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  15. so awesome!!! i'm now trying to figure out when to start running, how much, and how to maintain for a race... hard stuff!! that picture of the restaurant is just gorgeous!! you really did have a great trip!

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  16. Great job on the run! I have used regular food during my longest training runs - I once had an Oreo, and potato chips (for the salt) and raisin have worked well!

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  17. Nice run! I have not eaten food during a long run, but like the Fig Newton idea. I may have to play around with that. Glad it is working for you. You are doing great!

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  18. Very nice. Love the pics too.

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