I'm at the point in my training where my long runs just seem pretty ridiculous. Running for three+ hours is absurd, right? Right. But, alas, it's all part of the beauty that is marathon training. I'm really fortunate that I have two friends who are running the NYC marathon and one who is doing Richmond the week after. It's been great because because our mileage is about the same and also because we have something to complain about together. And really, bitching is a huge part of marathon training. Ask any runner.
So yesterday Lauren, Kim, Catie and I met bright and early to run the Battle Road path. Being an American history nerd, I'm a little disappointed in myself for not knowing this existed but apparently it follows the path of the
British Regulars and Militia during the opening battle of the American
Revolution on April 19th, 1775. Oh! And Paul Revere was captured there, as I saw a monument that told me so! Because of the length of the path we did two out and backs. Lauren was doing a recovery run and did the first, and then Catie, Kim and I went back out for the second half of the run. I really liked that this was entirely new to me, and it was definitely a little more exciting than running around the Charles river or the Minuteman Bike path closer to my apartment. It was also mostly shaded and there was a bathroom with a water fountain at the midway points (3.8 and 11.4 miles). Of course it's also fun to have company when you're running to help distract you from realizing how totally bat shit crazy you are for running that sort of distance.
A few things that made the run difficult for me were that I. Was. STARVING. I don't know what it was - I had my normal breakfast of whole wheat toast, natural peanut butter and a banana before the run. I had a package and a half of sport beans, Nuun and lots of water. But by mile 10 I was so hungry that I actually took some Stingers from Kim and at mile 13 I had some of Catie's trail mix. I was helping my friend move all day Saturday, so I may not have taken in as many calories as I needed. I'm going to try eating a bit more before the next long run. All I know is that it is MISERABLE to be so hungry in the middle of a really long run and I'm going to try to avoid that feeling if at all possible.
OH! And speaking of the next long run, I'm going to be doing that in Chicago! Catie (who now lives in Michigan) is driving to Chicago and had an extra bib. She mentioned it casually, like, "Anyone want to fly out to run this race with me next weekend?" And then all of a sudden it was 1:30am and I'd just gotten home from the bar and was booking a plane ticket. I'll need to get 4 miles in either before or after the race to make it a full 17 (or maybe 18, depending on how I'm feeling). I'll only be there for about 48 hours but I'll get a chance to run a great race, and see some friends who live in the area. Cheers to spontaneity! And to moderately priced airfare! And to credit cards! I'm pretty sure it's going to be an epic, but exhausting, weekend. I can't wait.
How's your training going? Or, if you're not training for a race, feel free to tell me how jealous you are of my sweat bib.
Also, is anyone running the Chicago half? I'll be around the expo if you want to meet up!