That 20 rocked!

Saturday’s run. What to say about Saturday’s run? It was pure awesome.

Set the alarm for 4:20 to meet my a friend at 5:00 to start our 20, with plans to swing back to our starting point a couple of times to pick up others along the way. I clearly messed up on the alarm because after a little bit of insomnia, I finally gave in to looking at the clock. Crap–4:52! Threw myself together, ran out the door and managed to get there by about 5:12 or so.

Happily, that was the only low point of the day, because things just got better. You know how you always have one really good long run in a training cycle? This was mine. I just felt great the whole way. I finished it off feeling like another six would have been easy. I know I’m not at my “normal” speed, but I can say I don’t ever recall a 20 feeling this easy before. Just like it’s sometimes hard to figure out why a long run can be really bad, I’m not quite sure what made this run great, but I have a few theories.

For one, I think finding my mid-foot strike and being fairly adjusted to it now makes long runs much less taxing than when I was a heel striker. I’ve noticed all along this training cycle that I recover SO much faster than I ever used to, and now I think it is paying off during the runs as well. My legs just don’t fatigue like they did with the old form.

Another thing I did differently today was take one extra gel, simply because of the way we set up our loops. I usually take one around every six miles, but today did the

IMG 1190 224x300 That 20 rocked!

Yes, I did wear my pink compression socks all day, even under my boots Sat. evening

first at five miles, the second at 11 miles, and then one last one at 16 miles. In the past I might have just skipped that last one with only four miles to go. Maybe I do better with gels closer together?

I don’t know, but whatever clicked Saturday, I’ll take it. Nothing better than a confidence builder as far as I’m concerned!

Who else had a good one this weekend?

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  1. glad your run went so wel! :)
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  2. Sounds like a a heavenly run.It is always great to have those “confidence booster” runs to let your mind know that all of your hard work is paying off. I will have to try your gel trick on my next long run. I have been getting fatigued at 18 and think it is a glucose thing. have a great day MZ
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  3. Yay! I’m so glad you had a great run!

  4. Congratulations. That is awesome. Keep that mindset for the next run and the run after that. Build on the momentum.
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  5. Wahoo! Sounds like a great run! Awesome job. It’s such a confidence booster to have a run where everything just seems to go right.
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  6. Congrats! That’s great! Those types of runs are such good confidence boosters. I’ll always remember my best long runs – I felt so strong; it was very reassuring. Glad you had a good one. PS Love that you wore the compression socks under boots, haha! I’ve been looking for pink ones but can’t find them in stores, guess I’ll have to order online.
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  7. Yay for the great 20! Something about those ones that just feel really good!
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  8. Great job on the run! I know you didn’t want to have to pull out of your swim but it sounds like your body is more than ready for your next big race. Personally, I’d take running over swimming any day, but that’s because I flail around in the water like a fish caught in a net.

    I, too, feel a difference as I’ve transitioned to flatter shoes that encourage a midfoot strike. Playing around in Vibrams from time to time helps a lot, too. I felt like my calves were about to blow up after a recent trail race (ran in Brooks Pure Flow) but a few days after the event all aches disappeared. Way to go with your running and keep it up!

  9. I hate it when I oversleep too, but glad that the rest of your day turned out great. I ran my last 19 miler yesterday and it was awesome. I was easily able to maintain my 7:20 MP for 10 miles and even kept on having to tell myself to slow down. Bring on the 22 and 24 milers!
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  10. Don’t you just love it when things click like that?!?! There’s truly nothing better. Wishing you many more on your journey back friend!
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  11. Awesome!!! And love your boots ;)! Yay Zip!
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  12. Hurray for your great 20! Girl you are back!
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  13. Congrats on a great run! You rocked that 20 miler!! :) (and yes, I wear compression under my “regular” clothes too – ha)
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  14. Awesome! Whatever it was that made it work so well–bottle it! I would definitely fuel every five.You are cruising in to Boston in fine form girl!
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  15. Sounds heavenly. Those good runs make up for the bad runs and keeps us going out the door chasing the dream.
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  16. YES! This is great news. Sounds like the mid-footing is really working for you, and it’s interesting that you find you recover more quickly. Boston, here you come!
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  17. Great run Amanda! So cool to see you ripping of 10milers again!
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  18. Sounds like you had one of those runs…the ones that keep you going back for more!! Love the compression sock look!!!
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  19. Glad you had such a great run!

  20. Great run this weekend!
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  21. So great to hear!
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  22. It is great fuel for invigorating future training when you can put a great run like yours in the bank. Great job! LOL – I’ve done the compression socks in my boots, too!
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  23. Sounds like a heavenly run! If I were cuter (and younger) I would be the poster girl for compression. I completely believe in it’s magical powers to keep me going and going and going!
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  24. LOVE the neon pink compression socks under your boots….

    Congrats on a fab 20 miler…it’s amazing how some runs just feel incredible and it sounds like this was one of them.

    I really enjoy hearing about your transformation to midfoot, because this is a topic that I’ve been very curious about. Tappan tried to make this transition when he was training for a marathon in 2010 and he developed an achilles tendon issue that is STILL bothering him…so I’m a little hesitant to make the switch because I’ve heard that switching can increase your chance of achilles issues. But I think it’s safe to say that everyone’s body reacts differently and perhaps it would work just great for me!

  25. Great to hear!!! Exciting since you have Boston and Cle coming up :) ! I had a great long run as well Saturday!!
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  26. What HUGE confidence boost! I love when things go right! Makes you feel like no matter what that you’re ready on race! I’m like you though, I do better when I GU close. I usually take them every 4 miles.

  27. love runs that feel so good…although I’ve never hit 20 miles, but one day…congrats to you on such a great day!
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  28. Yay – glad to hear you had a great run:)
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  29. That is awesome your run went so well!! My 18 went well too and I wore my recovery socks all day after that! Plus an ice bath helped!
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  30. Great job on the 20 and I’m glad you had fun doing it. I found that fueling more often made my long runs go MUCH better when I was training for Houston. Whatever it was, I hope your other runs feel this good!
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  31. I love the compression socks and boots!! Congrats on your long run… That is awesome!

  32. Wow – SO glad you had a good, confidence building run! I finally had a swim like that – felt like I could have gone for-ev-ah…but the kids had to be picked up from the Child Care! Ha!! Have a super week. :)
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  33. You may be on to something with the mid-foot strike/quick recovery deal. I swear, it takes me 1/2 the time to recover from my long runs now that I have a different foot strike.

    Happy you had a solid 20-miler!
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  34. Yay! I am so glad your long run went so well. It is great that everything is feeling good (and such a confidence booster too I know!) I gel every five miles and that works well for me, but i know it is trial and error and that everyone is different. Great job though!!!
    I did my long run today and it was a great one too. Yay!
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  35. I love that feeling…congrats on a great run! I had an awesome 8 miler on Sunday. Fastest I’ve ever done it and felt good doing it.
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  36. Congrats to you!! Those confidence-building long runs are the best! I can’t wait to get back out there. :)
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  37. Awesome! I love a great long run!
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  38. I had one of my strongest runs/races last year where I accidentally started taking my gels early…hmm…maybe we’re on to something!
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  39. great job! don’t you want to bottle that feeling up just so you can take a sip on race day?!?! i love 20-milers that go well (22-milers that go well right before the taper are even better!!!).
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  40. oh great news!! so happy for you. I bet this is fantastic for your running spirit!
    this weekend…long run was crappy…too hot, heavy legs…sore legs…
    but Saturday was good…I got a brand new 5K PR….
    5K are hell by the way…
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  41. Pure Awesome! Can there be anything better? I hope you didn’t peak!
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  42. Completely awesome! Love it when I get in a good run. My run was only 9 mi on Saturday, but it was fantastic! Maybe it was something in the air…or maybe we are just incredible! (I’ll go with the later)
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  43. Love it! What a great confidence booster! Very happy for you!
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  44. That is so great that you had a great 20 miles! I had a good 6 mile run on Saturday where my pace actually picked up some.

  45. I hate mornings like that when you’re running behind before you even start. Way to get that adrenalin flowing.

    So good to hear that the new running form is working so well for you. It makes a lot of sense that it’s less energy-expensive. When you heel strike you’re effectively putting on the brakes with every stride and having to generate momentum all over again. While I’m doing just mini runs I’ve been thinking a lot about form and this would be the best time to make changes.
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  46. Yay! Love good long runs – they’re the best! And I love that you wore your compression socks under your boots, that’s awesome :)
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  47. Don’t you just love it when a run feels great!? I have to admit, now my great runs are usually 5-10 miles, but I did have a couple of longer runs where I just felt like a rock star afterward. Unfortunately, my 20 miler was not rock star worthy, but it was not horrible! I love your socks! Why not wear them everywhere!?
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  48. I love those great long runs! I do find mine are easier when I bring enough fuel, although I’ve had some good ones without fuel, too. A happy stomach always helps too!
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  49. I also had a great run! I was supposed to run 12, but took and accidental detour, and ended up running 16. Felt great! I think the GUs helped, too :)

  50. Funny you mention that the “good long run” does seem to be true.
    Those are the runs that give you confidence.

    Alas, the runs that are a total disaster and you feel like crap do the opposite ;)

    If we are lucky, the good one comes after the bad one in the training build-up. 8)
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  51. Pure awesome. Definitely my favorite kind of run!
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  52. Whatever it was, glad it worked for you! LOVE when everything falls in place and you find that “sweet spot” for a perfect run!
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