The Long Run: 16 Miles and Counting

So I made it to 16 miles! I’m not going to lie, it hurt like a motherfucker! I was actually a really good up until I hit about 12 miles, then my body started falling apart. The last two miles were no fun, and I had feared I created a stress fracture in my foot.

It was a warm day for January. I dressed in my running tights a light long sleeve shirt. It was actually a bit much for the day. I wasn’t too hot, but could have easily gotten away with shorts.

It was a good run and I was feeling great. I had continued on the same course along the Bear Creek Trail, which I had been running on in past weeks. Since it was an out an back course I knew I needed to make it 8 miles before I headed back. This took me about a mile further than I’ve run on the trail before. I actually had to cross over to the Platte River Trail for a while to get in the distance. I made it to around about at just over 8 miles a perfect place to turn around.

At that point I was feeling good. I ran by an empty retail building where Jessica and I have talked about opening a spin studio. It was still available so I had texted her to let her know. She asked how far I had run and I told her just got to 11 miles. She said, good job only five more to go. I thought fuck, five is a lot.

About that time my right foot started to hurt. It was a pain on the top of the foot close to the leg. It actually felt like my shoe was tied a little too tight. I stopped at a bench to loosen it up. It didn’t help, the pain was still there. It started getting pretty bad after a while and I thought about stopping. But at this point I only have about 2 miles left, so I kept going.

By the time I got to the 15 mile mark I was in pain. I couldn’t keep my heart rate within MAF, so I started walking. I didn’t want to walk, but I don’t think I really had another choice. Finally I made it the entire 16 miles!

My foot hurt really bad after the run and I was really afraid that I had a stress fracture. I decided to stay off of it for the rest of the day. I also didn’t run for a few days after. Finally the pain went away. I think it may have been extensor tendonitis from my shoe being a little to tight. I probably over did it a bit too. I’ll have to be careful as I increase milage, making sure my body is ready.


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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