Monday, October 6, 2008

20 MILES! Bring on the Taper!

Run Distance: 20 Miles Run Time: 3 Hours 20 min. WOOHOO!

Awesome, spectacular, GREAT news to report! I finished my 20 miler on Saturday and my knee did not hurt very much at all. I got a few faint pain shocks but nothing serious. I only had one mistake that lead to a bit of pain in the knee...and that was forgetting to take my knee strap off before I started doing quad stretches. YIKES! My knee hurt for a good five minutes or so pretty bad but then it went away. And guess what? It didn't come back! Yes...that's right...I was walking up and down the stairs the next day!! I think I did have some trouble for the following hour after my run and I was a bit stiff in class after...but nothing really bad. Normally I am limping and avoiding stairs for at least 2 days after a long run. But yesterday I was a new person. I will also have to say that those energy shots really do help. I hadn't really taken them until my run last week. They really helped with my run on Saturday. I used the Power Gels and although they are really kind of gross to consume, I had energy during my entire run. Andy (the bf) was a little shocked when I came back and I didn't look totally drained. Actually I had alotted 5 hours to finish this run just in case anything happened and he was suprised to see me back early.

Congrats to all of those who conquered Twin Cities this weekend! I'm kind of glad that I didn't make it in that one with all of the weather issues that were going on (I hate wet and cold!). Now I just hope Kansas City gives me some nice weather in less than 2 weeks!


Irish Cream said...

YAY!!! CONGRATS on making it through 20 . . . not to mention, doing so without much pain! I am so excited for you--I can just feel it, you're going to rock this marathon!! ;) Happy taper!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on finishing 20 miles. Also, AWESOME TIME!!!
And great that your knee is doing good now, it seems like you're up for a great marathon!

nwgdc said...

Way to go Rachel!!!

Now don't catch tooo bad a case of taper madness!

I'm so happy to hear things are coming together at the exact right time.

*jen* said...

AWESOME!! Way to go, Rachel. I'm so happy for you! I'm glad that patella strap is working. And I agree with Irish, you're going to kick *ss during this marathon!

Emily said...

Hope you enjoy your taper weeks. Sounds like you really earned them! A good attitude never hurt a runner :) Congrats!