Yes. I did.

I finally ran further than 13.1 miles.

Friday I ran through the hilly trails of Whistler, BC, and eeked out 16 miles.

A big thank you to Chocolate Runs Judy for sending me an encouraging text.  It was greatly appreciated!  And, of course, a big thank you to 50 in 50 Marathon Quest for talking me down off a ledge around mile 9 to 10, which is where I normally have an emotional breakdown and want to say f**k it all.

I won’t lie… when I was done, I was not elated like I thought I would be, nor did I feel accomplished like I thought I would.  Just tired.  And mentally fried.

Afterwards, of course, my thinking immediately goes to, “but I will still have 10 more miles to go for the marathon…”

Hence, the reason we train… to get stronger.  Next week, I’ll be nearing the 20-mile mark.  It may be 18, it may be 20… I don’t know.  And nope… I won’t even think about it until it happens.

In the meantime, I have a beautiful little town to explore.  Today on the agenda is horseback riding and hiking/gondola flying on the mountain… it’s going to be such a great day.  And surprisingly, yes… I can still move!  My quads are a bit sore from the hills, as are my Achilles, but other than that… bring it on!

 

 

50 thoughts on “Yes. I did.

      1. Paula Post author

        It’s just meant to be a confidence builder, slow and easy. Then I’ll step back for a few weeks and build again, but hopefully stronger and faster. You know, kind of like the Kenyans, lol! 😄

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  1. mawil1

    Wow! 16 miles! I know that you are going to be doing a marathon but 16 miles just as a training run is a long way! I’ve never even waked that far!!!! Hopefully you wil wake up tomorrow recovered and a warm glow of achievement will take over!😊😘🤗

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Julie! Oh, I hope so too. I do recognize it as a significant distance, it’s just that… omg… another 10 after that 16… very painful to think about, lol!

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Cat! I hope you feel more elated than I felt once you accomplish the distance. I think I was feeling extremely overwhelmed and tired. Another 10 miles after that 16 is such a scary thought, lol. 😀

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  2. Dippy-Dotty Girl

    You are a rockstar, Paula, and you have marked Whistler with your grit. Those photos are stunning and I cannot wait to see more. Gondola flying! I heard of that for the first time with your post so I am looking forward to your post on it. xx

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you!! I kind of made the gondola flying thing up, lol. It sounded more exciting than just riding in one, haha. But alas… we didn’t get to do it as we didn’t anticipate the thousands of other people who were going to do it as well. So we went mountain biking through all the trails instead, 😁

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      1. Dippy-Dotty Girl

        Hahaha ah. But is there a gondola flying thing at all? I have no idea! Biking through the mountain trail sounds delightful and a lot of work as well! I trust there was good food and beer waiting at the end of the rides. xx

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      2. Paula Post author

        Lol, no, no gondola flying… those are the things that take you across the mountains that are enclosed, as opposed to the chair lifts. But I consider it flying as only a cable holds you up from peak to peak. And oh yes, there has been fabulous food and drink this whole weekend, 😄

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  3. Once_upon_a_run

    When I trained for my first marathon last year, I did my 16 miler with little to no problem. I think it was the 17 or 18 miler that caused me problems. I felt really strong in my 20 miler though. Its always a hit or miss with me. LOL. Don’t be discouraged if next week’s long run doesn’t go as planned. You got this!

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Mai! I think I’m the exact same way… hit or miss. I think for my mid-week, shorter runs I’m going to run someplace hilly, then when I do my long runs, I’m going to find a nice flat trail, 😃

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    1. Paula Post author

      Lol, I was so happy to get back home for some rest, 🤣. And the bear watching… well, I was about 40 feet away when I spotted one crossing the trail! I was glad I was on the bike, haha. I’m not really sure how they do the tours though… hopefully in a jeep!! 😎

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