Monday, September 20, 2010

23 confidence-building miles

Yesterday was THE perfect morning for a long run; only 9C/48F to start, 15C/59F by the end and sunny with a light breeze.

The scheduled group run was 29KM, with a shortcut near the end for those tapering for an earlier marathon. Myself and a few others were looking for a longer distance, so we met ahead of time for an additional 8. This afforded the option to wear gloves and an extra layer for the first part and then ditch them at the car before joining the group, which worked perfectly on this chilly morning.

This would be our longest training run and a distance like this (23 miles) is always daunting. I tried to keep my night-before and morning-of routine similar to race day so it would be a good practice round.

All I can say is that if everything goes as well as it did yesterday, I am going to have an amazing race.

37.0KM/23.0mi
3:31:07
5:42/KM = 9:10/mi


Before this run I was having some doubts about my fitness level being as strong as I would like, and even questioned whether I was in any better shape than I was before Mississauga. After this run, those doubts have been erased.

And that wraps up my peak training period, including 200 KM (124 mi) of running in the last two weeks. (I can hardly believe these numbers!)

I'm doing a mini taper this week for a half marathon coming up on the weekend, and then the countdown to marathon day will be on!

43 comments:

Lisa said...

Great job. Looks like good things are in store for you at the upcoming marathon!

Indi said...

amazing job! Looks like all the training is paying off!

Bethany + Ryan said...

You're nuts to question/doubt your fitness! Lol, i feel like I get in better shape just by reading ur blog posts! U rock! U r so strong and more ready for this marathon than any marathon from ur past!!

teacherwoman said...

Great job on your training run! Wahoo!

the dawn said...

wow, it's hard to believe that you were having any doubts! your running has been so consistent, your mileage out of this world, and your paces right on target. i have a feeling you're going to hit your goal and then some. especially with the training races that you've been running. good work girl!

Lacey Nicole said...

WOW- way to go! i can't believe you just busted out 23 miles :) no big deal :)

i wonder what my experience of longer mileage would be if i did it with a group. i've never done that before!!! i would worry about having special needs... like to slow down or speed up or stop or need to pee, or just not feeling well, and how that would work in a group. your training buddies are all long-time group members, right?

Laura said...

seriously awesome.. Sunday was a perfect run day.

Aneta said...

looks like a good run. yesterday was a good day for running. i opted out for 4 hours of walking around niagara falls! hehe.

happy tapering. ill see u at scotia next weekend~

ShutUpandRun said...

Wow, such a strong 23 miler for you!! Glad you got that confidence back.

destination262 said...

Way to rock the 23 miler!! :) And enjoy your taper week!

Kerrie T. said...

Wow! You rock!

Julie said...

girl, your fitness level is through the roof right now!!! way to go on you 23! amazing. You are going to kill the roads on marathon day!!

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Runners Fuel said...

Great job! You'll do great on race day!

Jill said...

EXCELLENT!!!! Way to knock out that great 23er!!! You're going to do awesome come race day :).

Andrew Opala said...

Amazing as always!

Jamie said...

Awesome job on the 23 miles! You are going to rock marathon day!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I have to say that I have never run a 23 mile training run before a marathon. ever. You are crazy prepared! (okay I know my fastest marathon is a 3:32 so I'm not doing everything right maybe I need some of those looooong training runs but..) You are going to have a killer race! I bet you are sooo excited for race day now.

misszippy said...

That is so great! You are going to kill it!

Stephanie Nichole said...

48 is COLD!!!! I don't know how you do it in the winter! You should be given a pass on any runs if it gets below 20 degrees-- so you know, the whole winter in Canadian land! hehe

Good luck in the race!!! That is a great 23 mile time!!!!

Amy said...

Great weather, great run! That is amazing, Marlene - you are ready to rock another marathon!

TNTcoach Ken said...

I hate U! I am giving up running and never looking at you blog again! Woman, you are kicking ass! I'll just read your post and live vicariously through you.

aron said...

um SO jealous of that weather!!!

you are in incredible shape girl! wow, you are just on fire. i cannot wait to see how this race goes :)

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

heck yea your mileage is totally paying off...and oh man send me that weather!!

Heidi said...

That is awesome Marlene! You are going to do fantastic at your marathon.

chris mcpeake said...

great mileage and long run. way to work. I am sure your in great shape for the marathon.

Oh btw I actually ran with Maryka from the 130 to 150k mark. may have DNFed if not for that little group of runners she was running with.

dietitianontherun.com said...

You just get stronger and stronger! 23 mile training run at a fast clip clearly means you're ready for the next race ;) Never doubt those legs!

J said...

Great job Marlene! So glad the long run went well! The morning weather has been nice although chilly! I think my body needs to get used to it!

Katie A. said...

You are such a rockstar! Way to go! You are going to rock that full! I've never ran past 22 in a training run so my hat goes off to you! ;)
Nice mileage, too!

Katie A. said...

You are such a rockstar! Way to go! You are going to rock that full! I've never ran past 22 in a training run so my hat goes off to you! ;)
Nice mileage, too!

Kim said...

Your training has been so great! Good luck on your half marathon this weekend, you're going to rock it!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Great job! I was thinking about you when I did my 22. Can't wait to see how you do on race day!

ajh said...

HIgh high mileage! You are doing so well.

ajh said...

HIgh high mileage! You are doing so well.

Nicole said...

Nice job! You have no reason to doubt your training at ALL. :) :) You have been a mad woman with running ALL summer! Your races have been fabulous, your daily runs have been fantastic and your doing really great. Dont be so hard on yourself!!!! :)

Anne said...

You are doing so amazingly well! I'm so excited for you :)

lilmeg said...

*high five*

Trust in your plan. It's all coming together :)

Meg said...

Girl, you are going to ROCK this marathon. Incredible mileage and speed. Whoot, whoot and a fist pump, can't wait to hear about the race!!

Forward Foot Strides said...

Ahh gloves season! I'm thinking I might break my out soon.

Good luck on the weekend!

Johann said...

Great training run! Running 37km as training is never easy. You can really feel good about this run.

EndorphinBuzz said...

Awesome. I love that feeling of having nailed down the training and being ready for race day!

lindsay said...

Dang Marlene!! You are the poster child for hard-work and dedication. This is gonna pay off hugely. Yes I just made up a word. I am in awe of all your work and improvement lately. Now find a way to bottle it up and sell it - I would totally buy it :)

Denise said...

grrr. lost my comment.

you have been killing the training cycle this year. you may have doubts but no one else does! you're going to kill the marathon!