Friday, October 10, 2008

20 (20) miler report

HA. i didn't get lost, no worries.

i woke up at the ungodly hour of 6am and looked out the window only to see it was pitch dark outside. where have i been the last few weeks? in bed, of course. maggie even thought it was early. she didn't even bother to look at me when i got out of bed. so i ate my peanut butter and jelly sandwich and went back to bed to wait for the sunrise.

around 7 i hit the pavement. there's always that moment right when you start when you think "holy crap, i've got 20 miles to run" ... "1/2 mile down, 19 1/2 to go" ... "geeeeez, that's a long way". and let's not lie here, it is a long way. shoot, in cali that's like running from sunnyvale to san carlos; in utah, salt lake city to draper; and in nc, cary to chapel hill. my problem is that i've let that thought run away from me. (ha). in my past races and long runs, i have felt so overwhelmed by the effort, and then have consequently broken down. it's been very frustrating.

today, like my 22 miler a few weeks ago, felt so different and i can't explain why. perhaps it's the audiobook on my ipod, or literally saying out loud "you CAN do this" or the new song i HAVE to listen to while i'm chugging up a long hill. nonetheless, i finished and i'm feeling so dang good about it.

what's next? 13.1 next weekend in san francisco at the nike women's marathon, an 8 miler, and then the new york marathon. geez. i can't wait.

this running thing has really changed my life. what i did this morning, though hard, gives me a huge sense of accomplishment and pride. i highly recommend it.


  1. you are awesome! way to go.
    and i'm so jealous that you are doing the nike women's 1/2. can't wait to hear how it goes.

    thanks for posting this! i've got 15 miles coming up tomorrow and i've just been thinking about how LONG that sounds! i will definitely focus on the positive self affirmations!

  2. That ROCKS...I'm so excited for you...The Nike will be so easy compared to that!
    Good Luck!

  3. I still can't comprehend "a 20 miler." That seems like a long way and it is! Yikes! I am defintely impressed.

  4. Nice job Julia!! Good luck this weekend.