Sunday, March 22, 2009

OMG 32!

Seriously, that is the name of our run this morning. The 32 km - OMG Run (20 mile run)  It was quite the run! The sunshine was out, it was about 10 degrees. Warm, sunny and a happy run with my wonderful marathon group. That is my longest run to date. And come marathon time, we will add another 10 ish kms to the run. The full length is 42.2 km (or 26.2 miles for my American friends ;D )

We ran for 3 hours and 18 minutes, and I felt pretty darn good. Except for my knees and hips that started to ache around the 23 km mark. I pushed through, stretched out. And all was well. I feel very happy with today. Next Sunday a 'recovery' run of 23 km. The following a 29 km, and then one more 32 km. Then the TAPER runs begin. I am six weeks to the marathon. It is going to be something else, and I cannot wait to reach that GOAL! FINALLY! I have been patient and I have waited to get to this point. And now, my training will get me there. And my willpower to see me through those final 1o km. 

I am relaxed, and tired. And proud. What a great morning. 11 years ago, I would have never seen this as a possibility. Newly married, pregnant with my first. Never. And now, over a decade later, six kids and here I am. The will to run is strong! I have this desire to compete like never before. Only to prove to MYSELF that I am able. So cool. I am already planning my next marathon in October...

6 comments:

Robin said...

Yahoo! Way to go Cathy! That's a great accomplishment

LauraC said...

WOO HOO! 20 miles is HUGE! I had my last training run today until my half marathon on Saturday. May 06 mommas rock it.

Michelle said...

Great Job Cathy!!! So When are We going to see your sexyback?

Yvonne said...

WOW!! Cathy I can hardly think to run around the block let alone over THREE HOURS!! You go girl!

Alyson said...

do you guys take walking breaks at all???

Cathy said...

Alyson: Yes, on our long runs (Sunday's we run ten mins/walk one minute) all our other runs are tempo/straight runs.