My Fun 15 Mile Long Run


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Yes, you read that right and no, I am not being sarcastic.

I did not bump my head, I am not drunk, and this is NOT a figment of your imagination.

I actually had FUN on my 15 mile long run this weekend.

Seriously.

I am not joking!

How in the hell could someone possibly have fun running alone for 3 hours on a Sunday?

Let me show you…

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I woke up on Sunday morning at 4 am and I was a little stressed about my long run.

So I decided to throw caution to the wind, get out of my normal routine, and have fun!

It was a great idea.

I went back to sleep around 6 am, woke up at 10, and put together my genius plan.

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I broke the 15 mile run down into 5 three mile loops in different areas around my neighborhood.

I had three water bottles chilling in the refrigerator, and set aside a margarita Shotblok for each loop.

(I love margarita Shotbloks, by the way)

The great thing about this plan was that I was never too far away from water, the bathroom, or anything else that I might need.

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I actually had to do a wardrobe change in the middle of the run because the Oiselle outfit I was wearing was annoying me.

I was so thankful to be close to my house!

After every “lap” I took a short break, drank some water, and crossed the route off of my list.

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It was awesome.

It was also nice to only have “short” laps to do instead of one huge lap.

I tried to focus on the current lap I was on- which definitely made the time go by faster.

Before I knew it, my long run was done and I checked the final loop off of my list.

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Surprisingly enough, I was totally not paying attention to my splits during this run.

I have a tendency to be totally pace-oriented, even on slow runs, which can get me into trouble.

So, I was completely shocked when I finished and realized that I had run waaaaaaaaaaaaay faster than I should have…

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Ummmmm, yeah.

As a point of reference, this is probably the 2nd fastest half marathon (plus 1.9 miles) I have run since 2013.

Crazy right?

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Needless to say, I was pretty stoked when I finished.

And I may or may not have shed a few tears.

15 miles is a big number for me.

2 years ago, when I was not running because of my stupid injury, I never dreamed I would be here now.

I never thought that I could possibly run another marathon.

No way Jose.

To celebrate this monumental occasion, I did something crazy…

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I finally signed up for the San Francisco Marathon.

Obviously, I have been planning on running it…

But I was afraid.

I was afraid to make the jump, because I was afraid that I couldn’t actually do it.

But!

Now I know that I can do it.

I am no longer afraid.

I am ready to take on the marathon again.

Let’s do this.

-RatherBeRunnin’

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41 thoughts on “My Fun 15 Mile Long Run

  1. fionajarrett says:

    Good work, that was a great run and so exciting to sign up for a marathon. I could never do a long run in laps near my house as I’d find it so hard to just pack it in after the first or second lap. I need to run far away from my house so that the only way back home is to run there! Glad to hear it works so well for you though 🙂

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  2. Anna Spanos says:

    Congrats on your big FUN run! I’m at week five postpartum recovery and I can’t wait for my doctor to clear me to start working out again. I’ve probably got a year of straight uphill training until I’ll get to 15 miles, but can’t wait. Reading this just made me that much more anxious to get moving!

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  3. laurenweiner says:

    I love running close to home. My stepmom and I trained for a half together and ran different areas of her neighborhood, and we were never more than a few miles from her house. Its a great plan!

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  4. Bound to Be Me says:

    First off, way to freaking go!! Your run and mentality is amazing! I know running is a mental battle but the way you broke it down, it makes perfect sense. You made something huge looks not as scary. I love it!! You can do a marathon and you will be amazing! Keep it up 🙂

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  5. ErinRunsAround says:

    Awesome job!!!! Love the fact of breaking down the distance to make it easier, that’s exactly what I did for my 20 miler, at most I was about 5K away from my house.

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