17 Mile Training Run

Another Long Run is done! Thank you Jesus Smile

This morning I fueled up with nut butter toast and iced coffee.IMG_6577 (600x800)

Then, I packed up my gatorade and Gu and get ready to go! Great news = my Garmin started working again by some miracle this morning!!! So glad I checked on it.IMG_6579 (600x800)

17 Miles in 2:29:49 Average Pace 8:56

  • Mile 1: 8:46
  • Mile 2: 8:37
  • Mile 3: 8:36
  • Mile 4: 8:37
  • Mile 5: 8:35
  • Mile 6: 8:38
  • Mile 7: 8:48
  • Mile 8: 8:45
  • Mile 9: 8:49
  • Mile 10: 8:43
  • Mile 11: 8:56
  • Mile 12: 9:01
  • Mile 13: 8:43
  • Mile 14: 9:04
  • Mile 15: 9:01
  • Mile 16: 9:13 (stopped right here to talk myself into running the last mile)
  • Mile 17: 8:56

I am proud of my pace, but it was rough this time. I started out way too fast and really felt myself hit the wall around mile 11. I.was.done. Next time I am really going to focus on going out slow. IMG_6584 (800x600)

I also almost peed in my capris. I call it “Capreed”. There wasn’t a bathroom until mile 10-ish and I barely barely made it. I considered just peeing in my pants since I figure it will happen during a race one day and want to be ready for it. But, I’m glad I didn’t have to.

After my run I headed into the grocery store for a few things and called Ben to pick me up. I was a sweaty smelly mess (but at least I didn’t smell like pee).IMG_6580 (800x600)

Granola with a side of smoothie Winking smileIMG_6583 (800x600)

Training Flashback: The last time I ran 17 miles was last August when I completely under-fueled and crashed Sad smile I almost passed out and ended up feeling like crap all day. So glad I learned my lesson and eat enough before and during my long runs!

Any fun plans for the weekend?


  1. says

    Ok so maybe a dumb question….not just you but other people mention stopping in the middle of a run or split runs up and my question is if you stop or split a long run up is this as effective as doing the whole thing? I have watched people stop their garmin at the corner till the signal changes and I always think,is it that important to know the exact times? Sorry thats long.

    • says

      If I’m stopping to walk, then I keep the Garmin going. But if it’s a red light or bathroom break I stop it. It’s important to know exact times if you’re a competitive runner, but I don’t think it’s that important for me :)

  2. says

    great run! You are so funny! one time I was planning a pee break and the public restroom was shut under construction ~FAIL~i was running next to the Ocean so i took off my shoes and run-peed in the Ocean then dried off and continued on my way!

    • Summer T says

      Im with you Holly, our long runs are about a 10:45 minute mile and the short ones are at about 9:50, so I am super impressed by this!

  3. Summer T says

    Awesome, awesome job this morning Monica, I tell my Hoosier running buddies about you and your blog and how much you inspire! Love your love of food AND running :) You are doing great and helping those in other states with their marathon training…..November 8th, I better start uping my mileage :)

  4. Nicole says

    Great Run. You and I tend to run about the same pace for long runs.. too bad I live nowhere near you. Anyway, I have peed my pants in all 3 of my marathons. Around mile 23-24 I just shut down and start peeing I guess. I am already drenched by that point so I just try to do it gradually so its not obvious.. TMI?

  5. says

    great job on that run, monica! awesome pace! glad your garmin suddenly revived itself.
    sadly, i have peed myself…more than once! don’t know which is worse – when you have long tights on (fabric at least soaks it up) or shorts (dries quicker). TMI, i know, but us runners can discuss anything openly amongst ourselves, no?!

  6. says

    Nice. I almost left a comment on how you are able to drink so much before a run. I am pretty sure dehydration was my downfall at my marathon, but I never feel thristy. Salt Carbs- please tell me Funyons count???

    At said failed marathon I peed my pants while dashing for the finish. It wouldn’t have been so embrarassing had I had any sort of control of it … It was a nice touch to my white running shorts.

    Proud, proud day.

  7. says

    Good job on 17! That’s awesome :)

    Also, good job on holding it! I am always worried about the day where I will have to pee myself. Assuming I ever get myself through a full marathon training/do the race without busting some part of my body! lol

    In HSwhen we’d go on long training runs in the woods (I grew up in the middle of no where!) girls would pop squats in the woods and pee all the time. I was too scared of getting poison ivy on my ass. Or worse. YIKES!

  8. says

    Sounds like you really put your all into your run this morning! That’s awesome! I ran 10.5 and felt great probably because I ate Indian last night and a whole lotta chocolate chip cookies…carbo loading 😉

  9. says

    Capreed = hilarious!
    Question for you: Did you take just the one Gu for the entire run? I know that you also have Gatorade, but if it’s just these two your fuel seems light for the entire 17 miles. I’m trying to get a good grasp on this myself, so any insight you can offer will be awesome!

    • says

      I only took 1 gu, plus the gatorade, plus I had 2 chews in the pocket thing. But, it wasn’t enough and I had to “save” the gu too long and that’s why I hit the wall :( I would do every 45 minutes if I had more with me.

      • says

        Thanks very much! I keep seeing references to every 45 minutes and that makes a ton of sense. I completed 14 miles today, but didn’t bring enough fuel and my plan to buy Gatorade along the way failed when the destination didn’t offer it. Next time I’ll be better prepared!

  10. Pam says

    Great job on your run Monica!! Way 2 pace yourself! :) You’re going to be soo ready 4 Long Beach!

    We took the kids to see “smurfs”…soo cute!! :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend with good eats!

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