Last long run!

Running Quotes Good things come slow, especially in distance running.

I finished my last long run of marathon training this morning! Such a good feeling knowing that the next time I run 20+ miles it’ll be in Chicago ๐Ÿ™‚

I went to my parents house last night after my friends gender reveal party (it’s a girl!). I’ve been friends with these girls for 14+ years. I am so excited to spoil this little girl! My BFF who is having a girl is on the far right. Seriously, how cute is she?! We’ve been besties for 19 years!

My other girlfriend on the far left is having a boy, and they are 3 weeks apart. Boyfriend and girlfriend in the making ๐Ÿ˜‰


One of the best things about running early in the morning is the lack of traffic and the beautiful sunrises!


I broke up my last 20 mile run by running two different 10 mile routes. I started out from my parents house and ran along the Cedar Valley Trail for 5 miles and then turned around to head back to fuel up before my second half.

I only ย had issues with my Morton’s Neuroma for the first 1 1/2 miles! I’d prefer no issues, but after 1 1/2 miles I had no pain the rest of the run. It was fantastic!

Cedar Valley Trail

When I stopped back at my parents house I fueled up with some Nuun and some more GU. ย Did you know GU now has a carmel macchiato and root beer flavor? I will certainly have to try them for the Chicago marathon ๐Ÿ˜‰

The last 10 miles were great, and I ran on a different trail near my parents. It is so wonderful being in a town that has so many running paths!

Running and taking pictures is not my thing. Excuse the blurry picture!

Bowman Woods TrailRunning on this type of trail is my absolute favorite. Not only is it vehicle free, but it’s full of friendly runners/walkers, and this is by far my favorite type of surface to run on!

Bowman Woods Trail BridgeMy average pace for this 20 miler was 8:37. I’ve been running most of my long runs between 8:25-8:40, which I am happy with. I’d love to run Chicago with an average pace of 8:15.

Do not get discouraged if your long run pace is slower than your goal pace for race day. You are suppose to take long runs easy and focus more on endurance then speed. The purpose of long runs are to get your feet use to hitting the pavement for 2-3 hours and your legs and hips working for long periods of time; not to exhaust yourself aerobically by running fast.

When it comes to race day you will run faster for several reasons:

  • Races are 100000% more exciting than solo long runs
  • You have much more adrenaline to keep you going
  • You have had 1-2 weeks to taper and rest
  • You can push your body more because once you cross the finish line you are DONE!

So am I worried about my goal pace for Chicago? Yes and no.

I am not worried because I always run faster during races than I do for training. However, due to my MN I am slightly nervous.

We’ll just have to wait and see…

After my long run I walked for about 1/2 a mile and then stretched for quite a while.

My dad made me eggs, bacon, and hash browns (his specialty) and my mom made me coffee. Parents are the best for spoiling you ๐Ÿ™‚

My dad and I then watched the Bears game. We agree that the refs were awful.

Bears Fans!

I love my parents basement!

My dad is quite the fan.

Basement Bears Wall!

My dad just got his pool table redone to the Bears colors. Its love.

Bears pool table

This is my favorite part of my parents basement. I helped my dad paint the brick wall years ago. They love 70s and 80s stuff.

One of my favorite movies is The Godfather so I got him that movie poster. I also love looking at that Top Gun poster ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

70's Basement

My mom made me chocolate cheesecake for my birthday, which in my opinion, ย is by far the best cake in the world. She makes it for me every year.

Chocolate Cheesecake

My family is a little Bears obsessed. I got navy and orange birthday gifts inside a Bears bag. ย Candles are the way to my heart ๐Ÿ™‚

Birthday gifts!

Have a great rest of your Sunday night! If you’re running Chicago in two weeks- congratulations on your last big run this weekend! It is finally time to start tapering ๐Ÿ™‚

If you want to know more about your pace during long runs and what to expect during race day, read this article from Runner’s World!

How to calculate your long run pace



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