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Runner’s Logic

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Happy Labor Day!

It’s hard to believe it’s the unofficial last day of summer. It seems like we’ve got a resurgence of summer weather so I’m more than happy to hang onto it for as long as I can. Jeans, boots, sweaters and all things pumpkin and apple can wait just a bit longer, in my opinion.

So let’s talk running.

I did something on Friday that I’ve never done before.

I ran my long run of the week on a Friday afternoon.

Friday is usually a rest day for me. But the kids were off from school so Ron stayed home from work with them. With the kids off, that meant I didn’t have to pick them up from school when I was done with work. Since I opted out of running on Thursday due to a cranky hamstring, I decided I’d run as soon as I got out of work.

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I’m a morning runner, no doubt about it. Whenever I run in the afternoon, I feel less energetic. It’s more of a slog than a run. With that in mind, I was anticipating feeling horrible. My initial plan was for 8 miles but was unsure how my hamstring was going to feel. Or even really how my stomach was going to handle it.

But then my fuzzy runner’s logic stepped in.

Mile 1 – This feels ok. Is the first mile ever fantastic for anyone? The good news was my hamstring was happy again.

Mile 2 – This feels good. Hmmm…8 miles is going to fly by.

Mile 3 – I think I’ll run mile 4-8 at goal marathon pace. I feel really good.

Mile 4 – Goal marathon pace doesn’t feel so bad. I’m kind of shocked that I can do this after being on my feet at work for 7 hours and eating none of my usual pre-run food. Maybe spinach, avocado and chicken are good running fuel?

Mile 5 – Still holding on.

Mile 6 – I’m going to need a couple of miles for cool down after I hit 8. I should run a total of 10 today.

Mile 7 – One more to go!

Mile 8 – Did it!

Mile 9 – I’ve got my long run tomorrow of 16 miles. If I run 10 right now, what’s 6 more? I’m almost there.

Mile 10 – Let’s do 16 miles!

Mile 11 – Whoops! Out of water and I don’t have any mid run fuel on me since I didn’t think I’d run this far. I’m draining fast. Jump in my car and head home to replenish my water bottle and grab some chomps.

Mile 12 – Gah! My legs stiffened up with the 20 minute break. Running on cement legs feels painfully slow although my pace isn’t that bad.

Mile 13 – Almost there! My legs are still stiff and now I’ve got a blister forming on my big toe. Ouch. I can’t quit now.

Mile 14 – 16 – I can’t remember a single thing from those miles. Finishing is all I focused on.

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I was pumped with how well the first 11 miles went but that little break messed me up. I was hungry, thirsty and tired at that point and just wanted to be done. It was a struggle to finish. Good training for running on tired legs? The good news was that my long run was done. I could sleep in a little bit on Saturday morning.

Hahaha. I guess my kids didn’t get that memo.

I definitely surprised myself that I could run that far on a Friday afternoon. And it was definitely marvelous to have my long run done for the weekend. Although I did run 9 miles on Saturday and Sunday.

However, I don’t think I’ll make it a regular habit to run long in the afternoon/evening. I slept horribly that night. I don’t think I had a deep sleep all night. And then my stomach was growling so loud around midnight that it actually woke me up.

Runger is for real people!

Marathon training really messes with your head. To the average person, 6 more miles is a big deal. But when you are accustomed to running more miles, 6 seems like a breeze. I tried explaining my fuzzy runner’s logic to Ron and he just said, “Whatever works for you.”

I don’t think he got it.

Do you prefer your long run on the weekend or during the week?

Why I Want to Run a Marathon {Guest Post}

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Today I’m letting my Saucony 26 Strong Cadet, Kailey, take over!

Kailey has a running story similar to so many others. She’s done numerous half marathons but has always wondered, could I do a full marathon?

Here’s her own story.

Why I Want to Run a Marathon

I’ve run nine half-marathons in three years.

Towards the end of every one of those half-marathons, I am dripping with sweat, tired, cranky, hungry, and trying everything in my power just to make it to the finish line.

By the 11th mile I think to myself, I hate running, I hate this race; I will never run again, I hate any bump in the road that resembles a hill.

When I would finally come through the finish line, I would think to myself; “How can people do 13.1 more miles of this for a marathon?

Of course, by that evening, I would already be looking for another half-marathon to sign-up for, but never targeted a marathon as a goal.


It seemed unattainable, it seemed time-consuming; a marathon was out of my comfort zone. I’d hear war stories from people who had run marathons, it seemed like child birth; long and painful, but rewarding. Also, I loved the half-marathon distance, so why go further?

When Angela first asked if I wanted to train and run my first marathon with the Saucony 26 program, the negative side of me said “Are you crazy? There’s no way you’ll be able to fit the training into your schedule- you’re a mom! You work 50+ hours a week! You’re not as fast as Angela, or as strong as a runner!”

Then I realized; there are so many women around me (Angela included), that have done a marathon, yet still have time to be an amazing mom (and have a life.) Maybe I wasn’t as fast or as strong as a runner as Angela, but I’d feel like a drop-out/quitter to not even try!

My attitude changed, and I got really excited about the challenge. It was a chance for me to do something I never wanted to do, or thought I was capable of doing. Plus, it’s an opportunity of a lifetime, and I get to be coached by a friend (who is also an actual running coach.)

I’m in Week 3 of an 18 Week plan. I like the structure of having a schedule to follow and, even though I had been running consistently before starting my official marathon training, I feel like I have become more cognizant of slowing my pace down for non-tempo or speed workouts.

Still, the thought of running over 14 miles looms in the distance. I panic about running 16, 18 and 20 miles! I keep doubting myself and wondering how I will ever make it that far when the planned long-run day comes. I know I’ve got to stay positive and confidant that I can complete the mileage!

When the big marathon day comes, I will expect pain, agony and hunger. I will expect to probably glare at Angela when we are around mile 24 (or maybe mile 15.) I will expect to want to walk or to take a nap on the side of the road.

But you know what?

When I’m done, I’m going to feel pretty bad ass and proud of myself.

In fact, I will probably sign-up for another marathon on the plane ride home.

Editor’s note: Kailey is a much stronger runner than she gives herself credit. I have full confidence and faith in her will and determination to cross the finish line. I can’t wait to hear her say, “I AM A MARATHONER!”


You can follow along with Kailey’s Honolulu marathon training on her brand new blog, RunningInNHGirl.

Why do/did you want to run a marathon?