A Morning of Milestones

Yahoo! My first 20-miler!

Yahoo! My first 20-miler!

My alarm went off at 4:15 a.m. this morning. Blargh. Somehow, though, I was able to get out of bed without hitting the snooze button once. I guess I was amped up for today’s run — 20 miles.

For the past few days, I’ve been getting myself all worked up over this run. I doubted myself and feared that I would get too dehydrated to finish. I don’t ever want to be that girl getting hauled off on a stretcher during a race because of dehydration. I must have prepped well the few days before this run, because I actually felt strong and fueled up almost to the end. Here’s what I did, and I’m certain it made a difference.

Wednesday night: Fat loaded (thanks to Boss Man for recommending) — ice cream for dinner
Thursday night: Carb loaded — one serving of manicotti, one side order of spaghetti with tomato sauce, and garlic knots
Friday night: Carb loaded — one order of cheese ravioli, one order of spaghetti with tomato sauce, bread, one glass of red wine
Saturday morning: One cup of coffee, 10 oz. Gatorade, 2 waffles (plain), one banana

Yes, I consumed a lot of Calories over the past few days, and I think it had everything to do with me feeling so strong today. I guess I had enough carbs to work off of before my body worked off of my fat reserves. I fueled along the way with GU, water, PB pretzels, and gummy bears.

So how did the run go? As fantastic as it could have gone! It helps that I had a great running partner! Michael keeps me motivated, gives me tips along the way on how to conquer hills, and gave me the inside scoop on Marine Corps Marathon logistics when it comes to porta potties, water stops, and the 14th Street Bridge (the bane of my existence). Here we are after our run (we’re wearing our 20 Mile medals).

We did it! GO TEAM!

We did it! GO TEAM!

What other firsts happened today?

  • Lost my first toenail. It’s been fighting the good fight since my 14 miler weeks ago. It finally gave up.
  • Blood in my sock. One of my toenails cut into the toe next to it. It looked much worse than it was.
  • Blister on toe. I’ve gotten blisters before on my inner big toe mound, but never on a toe. It’s small, but it hurts.

I’m feeling super pumped for the marathon! If I can run 20 miles today, what’s another six miles in a few weeks? I got this!!

To celebrate my first 20-miler, I’m asking you, my readers, to make 20 $10 donations to LLS. It’s super easy to do and every dollar counts! Help LLS find better treatments and a cure for blood cancers! You CAN make a difference.

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