The Long Run: 22 Miles and Counting

After my 20 mile run, I was feeling really good. Unstoppable, like this marathon would be no problem. Unfortunately, that’s not how I was feeling after 22 miles. While I made it through all 22 miles, and without incident, my body was not entirely happy.

The last two miles were there hardest. I could not keep my heart rate at MAF, unless I walked. So there was a lot of jog/walk going on. While I’m okay with this, it actually was a little painful to walk, it was more comfortable keeping the jogging stride. I also ran a lot slower than I had though I would. I was about 15 minutes slower than my prediction. I’m not exactly sure what that was all about.

I think being on my feet, jogging for four hours is extremely hard. These are the kind of runs I need to get my body ready for the marathon though. It makes me worry about my pacing. I’m not sure what to expect. If I can shave 15 seconds off my MAF pace. I’ll still be running about 10 minute miles. The good news is I know that I can do that, but I want to go faster than that. I’m just not sure that my body will be ready.

It’s very interesting to see how this distance effects my body. Last year I was so afraid of 13 miles, and now it’s so easy. Will that be the same with 26 miles? I guess only time will tell.


Growing up in Colorado you can't help but love the outdoors. Something magical happens with 300 days of sunshine and the Rocky Mountains in your back yard. My athletic endeavors started on the bike, I would get out and ride whenever I could. In 2011 I moved to Oxford, England for work. I missed the sunshine and mountains, but discovered my passion for running. When I moved back to Colorado I started combining cycling and running, so it was only natural that I started competing in triathlons. I took second place at my first sprint, and caught the bug. Today I'm training for my fourth Ironman.

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