Shorts, T-Shirt, & 20 Miler

Marathon training for last week went just so-so. I was feeling exhausted by Thursday again and my mileage suffered due to some weird mishaps I had either with the gym or outside.

Tuesday – 2 mi & this legs circuit; got to the gym and realized they were moving the equiptment around, so it took me a while to figure out I had to plug the treadmill in before using it. Wasted my time doing that instead of running more…

Wednesday – 2.15 miles outside. I was feeling brave and wanted to embrace the warmed weather (40’s) after work despite it being a gloomy day.

Since it had warmed up a lot, the snow was melting, which made the trail I picked almost all puddles. And the loop I thought I could do was actually still completely ice. So 5 miles turned into 2.

Thursday – Was having yet another burnt out feeling Thursday and got lazy with running. Only 2 miles that I had to force myself to do.

I did 5 minutes of rowing and 5 minutes of the stair machine to avoid running. And then this abs circuit. Low miles, but it was actually a really good workout.

Friday – rest

Saturday – long run, 11.3ish miles, details below

Sunday – 15 mintues of yoga; not as relaxing as normal because I was stressing over all I wanted to get done that day.

Monday – rest

Long Run

This was a cutback week, so it wasn’t that long. Had 12 miles on my calendar, but found an 11.2 mile loop and went for that instead. Decked out in my running belt

It was about 50 degrees. I wore shorts and t-shirt for the first time on an outdoor run all year! #winning

Overall, my run was good due to the weather being awesome. And because it was my first long run not wearing the Asics that were killing me. However, I was really slow for some reason and I’m not sure why.

I also tried out a new running belt (can kind of see it above) and ohhh man, that did not work out. It would not stay on me right at all and kept bouncing ALL over the place.

I ended up having to tie it in a knot to make it tight enough around my waist to stop failing all over. Very annoying. Not too sure if I will wear that thing again, although it was a nice break from the armband.

20 Miler Race

All of this “not enough mileage” crap that I keep pulling though is about to change – and fast. Because… in twelve days, I’m running a 20 mile race! Surprise!

My friend offered me an extra bib for The Eastern States 20 Miler when I signed up for the Providence Marathon. I originally declined because I didn’t think I would be ready in time to run 20 miles by the 30th. But I have 19 miles on my schedule that weekend anyway, sooo why not?

The race starts in New Hampshire and goes along the cost right to the border of Massachusetts. It sounds interesting and pretty. I was going to run 19 miles this weekend anyway, but now I get to run 20 miles and get a medal instead. 😉

The only downside is that my birthday is the next day and I’m going to work. That’s going to be a fun day… Either way, I’m excited to a have a little more motivation to kick my butt in gear for training now! Here’s to another week.

Update on shoes from last week: I have been fitted at a running store for shoes before and was never happy with their recommendations. Nothing ever “felt right” to me. I don’t have time to shoe shop again at the moment before the marathon, but I ordered 2 pairs of my old Reebok’s online last week. They will be here Friday :)

Questions for You:

  • Have you tried anything for running that just did not work out?
  • Ever done a random distance race? I’ve never heard of a 20-miler. Seems kind of random to me.


  1. I’ve never heard of a 20 miler race! That sounds fun! Good luck – I know it will be great marathon training day for you.
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  2. Well done on all the running for the week. I’ve run with a running belt before and found the bouncing at my back something to get used to thats for sure but I think I’d prefer it to a wrist band.
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  3. This is the first time I have heard of a twenty mile race… I could get down with that! Can’t wait to hear about your experience.
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  4. I can’t wait to hear about your 20 mile race!
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  5. 20 mile race will be great marathon training for you. I have always wanted to race a 20 miler! Hmm odd race distances… did a 7.4 mile race once, and an 18.6 (30k) those are random, also have done a 20k (12.4 miles) which was odd. I like racing different distances though, it really helps you become a well rounded runner!
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  6. A 20 mile race sounds so fun! That will be so great for your marathon training! I can’t wait to hear how it goes; I know you will rock it! Sorry about your belt. Ryan got me a running belt for graduation, and I absolutely love it! It doesn’t bounce or bother me when I run. If you want, I can find out what the brand is and ask him where he got it, because I know he ordered it online. I also have a running backpack (it’s a Camelbak), and I actually enjoy using that more than my belt!

  7. The 20 mile race seems like to perfect way to get in those long miles in an organized environment. Very exciting and perfect timing. I have never heard of a 20-mile race, but have seen 30Ks which are a little over 18 miles. Good luck! Sorry to hear about the failed attempt at using a fuel belt. I tried using one once and had the same “bouncing” experience. It bothered me the entire time!
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  8. I tried one of those handheld water bottles and couldn’t get my groove with it. It felt like it unbalanced me… which is silly. I ended up using a belt with little bottles. Looked ridiculous, but whatever :-)
    Good luck at the 20 miler!!!!!
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  9. I’ve never heard of a 20 mile race, but it’ll be a great training run for you! I tried so many running belts and had the same problem. Now I use a Flip belt (the brand is Level) and it’s amazing. It fits snug, but you forget you’re wearing it and it holds a bunch of stuff. When I ran the marathon in Nov, I wore it & carried my phone, my fuel, and some money. I really recommend it!
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  10. 20 miles is such a fun distance! I’d say the best run of my life was a 20 miler last summer. And I felt like a champion when I was done. Have a blast!!!
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