Surviving the Really Long Run

The mileage is in the upper teens – aka the time that I start questioning my sanity and swear I will never run another marathon.  Each time the alarm goes off all I can think is “if I were doing the half, I could sleep for another hour.”

My most recent 19 mile run took a little over 5 hours…a long time to spend with yourself!  I had a variety of podcasts lined up so I headed out into this georgous sunrise.

sunrise

I saw this little guy.

deer

And these berries are everywhere.

berries

Along with the first signs of fall.

first signs of fall

Two podcasts in, I started getting grumpy.  I was sick of them, so I switched over to an audio book.  What better for a long run than Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness.

I added a few trails to mix it up.

Trail Run

At this point my fingers were starting to swell.

fat fingers

And by mile 16, I wanted to quit.

ready to quit

But then I saw the an entire deer family.

Deer family

And by the time I finished, I was glad I did it!

Refuel with chocolate milk

Plus…you know…chocolate milk!

One more long run and then its taper time!

How do you get through your long run?

 

 

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