How I Ran Two 18 Milers & More



I like to run and in 2015, I ran just over 1,900 miles. I like being outside, listening to a book or music and training for races. I'm not registered for one yet, but I'm looking for one.

After each run, Zoe, my Weimaraner, and I go for a walk. She'll be 11 on New Year's Day and can walk much farther than she is able to run now. Notice the handy-for-cold-running thumb holes in my running shirt - a Walmart purchase.

9 Days of Running, Riding and ST (strength-training/core) (12/21/15 - 12/29/15)

Monday: ST. 18 mile run, time-3:11, 10:37/mile. About 2 miles into the rainy run, I took cover beneath a picnic table area because of the lightning and thunder and did some exercises and stretches so that I wouldn't get cold. In the beginning, I always doubt that I'll be able to speed up, but I ran the last 4 miles the fastest.

Fuel: pre-run: oatmeal with coconut butter, a banana and coffee; during run: 2 bottles Gatorade, 4 Fig Newton cookies and an ounce of raisins - 570 calories and 134 carbohydrates

Tuesday: 9 mile easy run.

Wednesday: 1 hour ride. ST.

Thursday: 13 mile run. Three hours before my run, I had oatmeal with almond butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and molasses (it's healthy) and half of a yogurt, banana and orange juice smoothie. I drank the rest after my run.

Christmas Day: 5 mile run. ST. 

Snacks for the First 18 Mile Run

Saturday: Rest.

Sunday: ST. 10 mile run alternating with some hard and easy miles. I got the miles in just before the thunderstorm hit hard.

Monday: 6 mile run with short sprints. It was colder than usual - in the thirties.

Tuesday: 18 mile run, 3 hrs, 10:01/mile. ST. Temp: 37* - 47*. I wore layers for the chilly start. The sunshine made it a beautiful morning. Like my 18 miler last week, my last 4 miles were my fastest - 9:33, 9:28, 9:17 and 8:58/mile. Happiness! Pre-run: oatmeal with raisins/banana, crackers and jam and coffee. During: 2 GU gels (yum: mandarin orange, root beer) at miles 6 and 12 and Coke - 300 calories and 75 carbohydrates.


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Happy New Year!

You know, if you run about 5 1/2 miles a day, 39 miles a week or 63 kilometers a week, then you would run 2,016 miles in 2016. I'll try to run about 160 miles in January - one month at a time!

Have you made any new goals for 2016, for January or maybe only for the week? Sometimes it helps to start small!


Comments

  1. What a great year of traveling adventures and healthy running you have had. Look at two 18 milers! and some long runs in between and you are running so strong. I feel like I need you to come coach me. I remember for awhile you working on fasting before runs. Do you feel like you are running a stronger with how you fuel now?
    Zoe is so sweeeeet looking :)

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    1. My overall energy was lower when I decreased the carbohydrates in my overall diet so I went back to the average runner's diet that includes carbs. Like you, I wonder if a coach would help me, too! Zoe says, "Thank you!"

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  2. That is a lot miles for 2015! I find it very impressive that after 14 miles, you can run your fastest miles of the day. That is a testament to your excellent training and fueling. I haven't made any plans for 2016 after the Disney Marathon. I'm waiting to see how that affects my foot. Happy New Year!

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    1. I know you love to race so it must be tough not to register for more races, but it's a smart thing to do!

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  3. Great job on your two 18 miles. I always like to hear how people fuel for their longer runs. I used to run w my lab but now she is much slower w age so I take her for a walk after my run. It's so funny, like she knows as soon as I grab my ipod. You know my goal is to reach 2,016 next yr. I'm sure my sister will help me a bit to reach that goal:)

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    1. My dog seems to knows it's time to go for a walk when I get back from a run, too. In fact, it seems like she knows it's a run day even before I leave. Maybe she recognizes running clothes!

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  4. Wow Tina - you put some really good work in. Thanks for listing how you fueled during these long run. I always find that to be so helpful, btw I will try the Mandarin/Orange GU gel:) I never knew how healthy molasses is either, until a bought it for my kids, because I read it's super nutritious.

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    1. I'm glad the food details are helpful! Besides putting molasses on oats, I put it on bread with nut butter and sometimes mix it in with my plain yogurt/fruit, too.

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  5. Aw Zoe, you're so sweet :) My Bella is turning 8 and still running, though we're keeping her at no more than 5 miles at a time. She'll just keep running if we don't watch her!

    Great miles! 2016, here you come!

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    1. It seems like it has only been this last year that Zoe has begun to run for shorter distances. I hope Bella runs for many more years with you!

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  6. I love that you love running a lot. :) 1,900 is impressive! I'll do my final count tomorrow, but I'll be in the 1,300s. I've toyed with the idea of a 2,016 in 2016 goal, but I don't think I'm there yet. Also, thanks for posting your meals. I get good ideas for fueling from you!

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  7. Congrats on running 1300+ miles! I'll keep posting about my running fuel then. Thanks for letting me know!

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  8. Wow! You got in some amazing mileage. Congrats!

    My doggie is 11 now too. I still take him for runs but usually nothing longer than 45 min.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. 45 min is great! Happy New Year to you, too!

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  9. Wow, that is some crazy awesome mileage.

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    1. Thanks, Abby! Because of all of the races I ran in 2015, I got in a lot of training.

      9/26/15 Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach 55K Trail Race

      8/16/15 Leadville 10K Colorado

      7/12/15 Missoula Marathon Montana

      4/25/15 Brazos Bend 50 Mile Trail Race Texas

      2/28/15 The Woodlands Marathon Texas

      2/14/15 Love. Run. Half Marathon. Texas (trail race)

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  10. Happy New Year, Tina! Great goal of 2,016 miles for 2016 and you're very right, "one month at a time". My biggest running goal for 2016 is to run a strong (and healthy!) marathon in May. It's my first time running the full since the birth of my 2nd baby and I want to make it a good experience!
    Amy @ http://www.livinglifetruth.com/

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    1. Running your first marathon after having your second baby - very exciting! With two little ones at home, staying flexible with your training is the way to go!

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  11. You are really rocking your long runs! That's awesome. I can't wait to see what you will tackle in 2016. As for me, my main goal is to run my first ultra - a 50K - at the beginning of April. I also have plans to run another Ragnar Trail (with Debbie!), but this time around I'm doing it on an 'ultra' team with just four people instead of eight.

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    1. The 50k is a great distance for your 1st ultra - only a little longer than a marathon and the aid station food will be even better than most marathon aid stations!

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  12. Great week of training on top of a super year. All the best for 2016!!

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    1. Thanks, Robin! I hope you have wonderful year, too!

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  13. Wow, that's so impressive! 1,900 is really long to go - do you think you'll run even more in 2016? Either way, happy new year, and good luck with your running!
    - Anne | annesmiles

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    1. Thanks! 2,016 miles of running is my 2016 challenge!

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