18 Miles with Obstacles

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This morning Lauren and I headed out for our first 18 mile training run of the season. I must admit that 18 miles is a bit intimidating, I was sort of dreading it all weekend long – but I kept trying to tell myself that it was only 2 miles longer than last weekend! I upped my liquid intake for the run adding two little bottles of half gatorade/half ice to my mix and it really helped me out! I was packed down with liquid and shot bloks before we headed out!

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Since Lauren and I have been doing a tour de Philly running routes, we decided to try another new route today!

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We started off along the Manayunk Canal and made our way towards the Schuylkill Trail to Conshohocken.

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This trail choice ended up being super fun because it was like an obstacle course the entire way!

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After Hurricane Irene and all the recent flooding in Philadelphia, especially along the Schuylkill River, there was definite signs of damage along the trail today.

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It was a very muddy run – at some points during our run our path was completely submerged!

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But it was also very scenic as well.

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Eventually we made our way to Conshohoken and both Lauren and I were feeling great 9 miles in!

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Now we just had to turn around and head home!

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Turning around and then hitting double digits on the way home got tough, but miraculously we managed to pick up the pace and I believe we had negative splits!

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The weather was cool, we had a bit of rain spitting at us during the run, but it was a perfect running day.   

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And the best part about this run was that I finished it feeling amazing!

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I love finish a long run with a smile. Makes me excited for the Marathon!

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In other news – I seemed to have misplaced my Garmin charger so I ran without it today and used iMapMyRun on my iPhone today. I really liked it and believe it to be even more accurate than my Garmin!

Check out these awesome maps to show our route!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Nicole Rodriguez (@Nicole2112) September 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Wow! What a great run – and such gorgeous landscaping and sights on the way.

    Way to go!

  • Reply Allison September 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Congrats on completing 18 miles! Looks like a fun route 😛

  • Reply Patty O September 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Congrats to you and Lauren for a run ending in smiles! The trail looked like alot of fun and I need one of those headbands, I will run/walk for chocolate!!

  • Reply joanne September 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Are you doing Philly on Nov. 20th? I’m there! Hoping the route is as “flat and fast” for me as they promote it to be. 🙂

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