Hooray! Running Buddy Selena and I rocked 20 miles this morning like it was nobody's business. Of course, now my foot hurts, my knees are aching, my blisters have blisters and my stomach is upset, but who cares? I ran 20 miles. In one day! At one time. Without stopping! Yippee!
When I started this whole running thing, I had no idea it would turn into this. I remember running on the treadmill at the gym for the first time not even 24 months ago, and I couldn't make it a whole mile. Just one, and I couldn't do it! I remember promising myself a new pair of shoes from the shoe store beneath my gym if I could just run three miles. Eventually I did run three miles, and then four and five, and to this day six miles is the still the farthest I've run on a treadmill.
Many, many things contributed to the "runner" I am today. For one, I couldn't do any of it with out Running Buddy Selena. And I'm sure she would say the same thing. Having a running buddy is akin to having a built in best friend and personal trainer in one. When you think you just can't go on, they will (hopefully) push you and encourage you, and give you a great big sweaty hug when it's all over. And if you can find a really great running buddy, maybe she'll even go get a beer with you when you're done.
Yesterday, I went to my favorite local running store, Arch and Sole. It's on La Brea in Hollywood, and they are hands-down the nicest people in the world. I needed to buy new shoes, and get some snacks for the run, and they hooked me up with a ton of free samples. I love free samples! See all the great stuff I came home with?When I started running, I made sure to read up on it. If you're interested in beginning a running program or running a marathon, the first book you have to read is Jeff Galloway's Marathon: You Can Do It!.It's an oldie but a goodie. He advocates a run/walk method of running that we use, which allows you to run these ridiculous distances without dying. And I am COMPLETELY serious when I mention death here. Did you see the first episode of The Biggest Loser? Two of the contestants had to be rushed to the hospital after running one mile. You need to take it easy. I am personally not out to set any records. I don't care about placing in my age group, and I never expect to run a 4-hour marathon. I am out there to simply finish the race. Running Buddy Selena and I run a 4:2 ratio, which means we run for four minutes, and then walk for two. Yes, it's true, there is no way in one million years I could run 20 miles without some walking. When I say we ran with out stopping, what I really mean is, we kept moving forward 100% of the time, yet varied our speed between walking and running. See? It's not that hard! You could do it too!
Another great and hilarious read is Dawn Dais' The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women.
She writes in a way that just makes you wonder both why you would ever want to run 26.2 miles at one time, and also why you wouldn't want to run 26.2 miles at one time.
After our run, Running Buddy Selena and I downed some Endurox R4.This is one thing I probably wouldn't have purchased on my own as it's kind of expensive, but it was one of the free samples they gave me at Arch and Sole, and Jeff Galloway recommends it in his books as a great recovery tool. I had "Tangy Orange" and Running Buddy Selena had "Fruit Punch." I didn't try hers, but mine tasted like an orange Creamsicle. I'll let you know how I feel tomorrow, if I think it would be worth purchasing some.
Following the run, we stopped for a beer (of course) and some breakfast. Then I went to acupuncture/acupressure. I get both every Saturday following the run to help get the fluid out of my knees and to treat any issues I may have right away. My poor body. First the allergy testing yesterday, then a 20-mile run, and then needles? Oh! I can top that. Then I came home and sat in an ice bath for 30 minutes. I sincerely hope my poor body will forgive me. I'm going to try and be super sweet to it tonight. The Boyfriend, as sweet and AH-MAZING as he is, is making me dinner. There's a pan of brownies I made the other day that are just begging to be eaten. I did, after all, burn over 3,000 calories on my run. And then I think I might curl up in a little ball and go to sleep.
Top photo from InMagine Dot Com.