18 miles

My training for the Baltimore Marathon is in full swing and this weekend, I had to run a scary amount of miles.  Something about the hearing myself say I needed to run 18 miles really freaked me out.  I have run that far before; I’ve run farther – BUT that was 5 years ago!

Supplies for the road - Two 10oz bottles of water, one frozen; 3 different flavors of Gu; Nathan Speedbelt to hold it all

The distance was certainly intimidating, but I managed to make it through all those miles and I had a fantastic run.  The first 12 miles flew by.  I made a quick stop at home at for an emergency Body Glide re-application (oh, the joys of long distance running!).  After I headed back out, my legs must have thought they were done for the day so they took a little while to get going again.  By mile 15, I felt great again.  My last 2 miles were 9:50 and 9:22 respectively.  Considering my average pace was around 10:19 for the first 16 miles, I’m happy I was able to push myself for the last two.  I tried to keep my pace a little slower throughout the whole run so I didn’t run out of steam.  The run took me just over 3 hours in total.

I dare you not to drool looking at this :)

It’s a good thing I burned over 2,000 calories during my long run because last week I made a delicious new treat – German Chocolate Cake Balls.  German chocolate cake, mixed with coconut pecan frosting, covered in German chocolate, and topped with coconut.  They were amazing! I made them for a playdate and they were a huge hit.  I sent some home with a friend and sent the remainder to work with hubby so that I would not be tempted to eat them all.  Everyone loved them.  I think they were my favorite cake balls yet.

Big thanks to my hand model (hubby) for displaying the gooey inside

Happy running!

Comments

  1. says

    Nice job on your long run! You’re not far from doing the whole 26.2 :) If you felt good on that 18 you’ll definitely be ready for the marathon!

    It seems like EVERYONE was doing an 18 miler this weekend!

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