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!
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.
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.
- Zain’s Half Marathon (the-running-mom.com)
- This is why I have to run 12 miles on a Saturday morning (the-running-mom.com)
- 10 miles with Z (the-running-mom.com)