The day I ran 20 miles

What?! After the horrendous 17 miler a few weeks ago, I was seriously doubting myself. How could I run a MARATHON when I could hardly run 17 miles? Since that run, I’ve run 0 long runs, and maybe a handful of short runs.
I’ve had this run, THE RUN, in the back of my mind for weeks. And it’s been scaring the hell out of me. 20 miles? Who does that?
I remember watching clips of the Boston Marathon on the news years ago and saying to my husband, “Why would anyone want to run for 4 hours? Even 2 hours? Who does that?”

I guess I do that.

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I did it! I so needed this. I was shooting for 3:45, but hell, I’ll take it! I feel completely confident that I will finish this Marathon!

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So true. Yes, my legs were getting tired, my feet were getting sore, but I kept my head in the game and didn’t give up! Oh, I wanted to, but a few texts frim my running bestie and a call from the hubs along the way kept me going 🙂
It’s truly amazing how far a positive attitude will take you! If you keep telling yourself you got this, YOU WILL GET IT!

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I also got to experience the dreaded ice bath. I can see a love/hate relationship forming here. Soo coold, but felt so good! 🛁

Now it’s compression sleeves, bad TV, and hard cider for the next hour, if I make it that long rest of the night!

Speaking of marathon training, you should totally check out this awesome hydration pack giveaway from Girls Run Fast!

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Find them on Facebook or Twitter for entry details!

Happy running!

✌💖🏃
~mandy

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3 thoughts on “The day I ran 20 miles

  1. Congrats! That is an amazing run! I’m totally that person who can’t understand how people can run that long! I can do 45 min tops and I’ve never done more than 3-4 miles. I had these grand hopes of a half marathon this October, but I think that’s going to have to wait until I have the time to train and run for a couple hours. Congrats to you! You’re going to rock it!

    • Awe, thank you! You can totally run a half, just keep at it! Trust me, I never thought I could run more than 3 miles, I couldn’t even run a mile when I started!

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