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I am a farmer's wife,runner and a mother of two boys. I help my husband with our farming business. I did my first marathon in October 2010 and loved every minute of it. I'm now looking to do my 4th marathon in Little Rock, AR

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Confidence Builder/ 16 miles SOLO

I decide last week I needed to challenge myself.   I haven't  been doing any long runs, because my running partner has been to busy.  What a great excuse not to run any long runs.  I was starting to question ,why I even run.
Why I keep  running
1. I run to stay in shape.
2. I love the way I feel after a run
3. It makes me feel more confident
4. I love looking sexy for my hubby
5.Running makes me love myself.   I'm my own worst critic

I haven't ran more than 7 mile since I did the DAM TO DAM race the first of June.   I was just feeling like I needed to do a long run. So with no running partner I would be running this one  SOLO . My running partner is doing some other things right now and is not running as much.  DARN IT. 

I decide to do a 16 mile run.  Am I crazy I haven't been running long distance for a while.  Something in my head just keep telling me to do a 16 mile run.  So I said what the HECK, it might be a good run or it might be the run from hell.  God only knows.

I didn't sleep last night at all.  I hate to say this, but I must of ate something that gave me a hell of alot of gas. Because my  stomach  hurt and was so bloated.   Thank god for peppermint. 

As I am getting ready this morning I am  feeling a little nervous.  Can I really run 16 miles by myself?    My mind was going a hundred miles a minute. 

The first 3 miles felt pretty good, just trying to get into a rhythm.  At mile 8 I'm starting to fad a little, but I take a GU and keep on trucking.   At mile 10 my stomach is cramping a little so I  take a short walk break.  I was keeping a look out for the nearest cornfield..  By mile 13 my quads are starting to feel the burn as Jillian calls it. Decide to take another GU.   At mile 14 I  am thinking when the hell is this going to be over.   I  had to keep telling myself  2 more miles you can do this.  My mind is saying, I just want this run over with now.  At mile 15 I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.  16 MILES SOLO.  Holy Crap I did it.

All of you runners out there that run SOLO are amazing in my book. This was tough. When I run with my running partner the miles just fly by, because we are talking so much.   I thought this was never going to end. 
I'll not give up or use the word can't.  I will just dig deep within myself and get it done.

Avg Pace
100:10:08 1.00 10:08
200:09:54 1.00 09:54
300:10:03 1.00 10:03
400:10:18 1.00 10:19
500:10:23 1.00 10:23
600:10:08 1.00 10:09
700:09:57 1.00 09:58
800:10:22 1.00 10:22
900:10:51 1.00 10:51
1000:10:58 1.00 10:58
1100:10:45 1.00 10:45
1200:10:38 1.00 10:38
1300:10:51 1.00 10:52
1400:10:47 1.00 10:47
1500:11:04 1.00 11:04
1600:10:44 1.00 10:44
1700:00:03 0.01


  1. PENNY!!!!!! you are amazing. I SO knew you were capable of this. This post just brought the biggest smile to my face and I am so happy for you! AMAZING job! this will definitely build confidence and can only make you stronger! GREAT RUN! ahhhh. I really cannot say enough about how excited I am for you right now and I LOVE that line that you put at the end :)

  2. Way to stick with it and do all 16!! I usually run alone and it can be hard, but so worth it.

  3. Congrats on doing it!! What a big boost!!

  4. Wooooo! Awesome job on those miles!!!! I seriously love what you said about saying can't. You are so strong!!

  5. Great run!! So inspiring. I have to do 16 in 4 weeks and I'll be solo too.

  6. nice work!

    I don't mind running solo. Very peaceful!

    Although running with people is fun too.

  7. GREAT job, Penny!! THAT is a long way to run by yourself. I just don't know if I could pull that off right now...too many group runs in the past year have me pampered.

  8. Awesome job Penny!!!! I actually don't mind my long runs by myself... I always seem to have better times and am more focused. That said, running them with my best friend DEFINITELY makes the miles go by more quickly and is way fun. I think it's good to mix things up. Great job!!! :)

  9. WOW awesome job!!! 16 miles is a HUGE accomplishment and an even bigger deal solo! way to go!!

  10. You did it! YOU did it! Way to go!!!

  11. Holy CRAP you DID do it. Awesome. You must be very proud of yourself. So happy for you.

  12. i love long runs by myself and have trained that way for most marathons...but holy crap from 7 to 16, no wonder you thought it would never end!

  13. Great, great job!!!!! Wooohoooo!


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