This is the farthest I’ve run

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September 17, 2012 by Amy B

Since having a baby.

I was supposed to do 20 miles at this point in the training. The 13.1 I did was just as painful.

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I felt pretty great at the start. It was a cool morning on Saturday – almost too cool. I don’t think my fingers warmed up until the 10 mile mark. A friend let me borrow his Garmin 405cx for the run. I had a 310 at one point but sold it because I stopped using it. I’m not sure why. Man, the 405 is awesome (and also less bulky). I loved running with it. I’ve added a refurb model to my wishlist. Also as a bonus: it works with my Timex heart rate strap (my watch kind of died halfway through the run).

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What I did not love, however, was running with the fuel belt. Normally I would not carry this much fluid on a 13 mile run (there are four 8 oz bottles in all), but since I hadn’t been on a double-digit run this summer, I didn’t want to get stranded with too little hydration.

ImageHoly dirty mirror and bathroom. Ignore, please.

I ended up going through two of the four bottles and wished I’d brought some water along. Gatorade is too sweet. I ended up with some wicked stomach cramps at the ten mile mark and only consumed one gel. But better safe than sorry, I suppose.

I’m not completely sold on me running the marathon, because honestly, the idea of doing that TWICE is an awful thought. I think back to last year’s attempt and how I felt at the halfway point. I felt better on Saturday than I did during last year’s race, but I didn’t feel like I wanted to slog through another 13 miles. Scott and I talked about running together again this year, which would help. I think if I can crank out another 12 miles this weekend, I’ll feel better about giving it a shot. I also like the idea of having the Garmin to help me keep on pace.

Speaking of pace, here were the splits.

Am I really this slow, Garmin? Sigh.

I took it out this morning for a quick 5k effort, too.

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I had to stop for at least 3 seconds at the intersection in town, so I actually think I beat my previous PR of 31:22 on this route. I did amp it up for the last quarter mile in an attempt to beat the time. What I love about the Garmin is that it keeps track of laps on an auto function. It also gives you a shit load of extra geeky info, much more than I need, but it’s sure fun to have.

ImageActually, that last mile? Awesome. Who knew I was capable of breaking ten minutes?

ImageI always am dubious of the accuracy of the heart rate function, but once it evens out, it seems more accurate.

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This particular course is really flat, though it seems less flat in some spots. I am trying to embrace the hills. 🙂

Do you use a Garmin or other geeky running device? I only use music on long runs these days, but I think I could enjoy some technology on my runs to help motivate me.

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2 thoughts on “This is the farthest I’ve run

  1. John says:

    I dont use anything, just a phone for emergencies and water if I’m on a long run. I tried music once but didnt like it I found it too distracting. Congrats on the distance!

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Amy, July 2013

I'm a thirty-something suburbanite turned ruralite living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Wife, mom of two, eater of all things delicious, and a runner. This is where I blather on about running and health. Baby Number Three will be here in November (so yes, I'm a little crazy), and I'm running through my pregnancy for as long as my body's willing and able. There's also more of me at amyupnorth.com. Read more here.

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