15 Mile Training Run Recap

With the Chicago Marathon coming up in two short months, it’s time to hit some significant mileage. So two weekends ago, I attempted my longest training run since January – 15 miles.

I started out the night before as I usually do before a long run, with laying out my clothes and everything else I need on my run. This usually includes my hydration pack, fuel, sunglasses, hat, sweatband and iPod shuffle.

The next morning I was up by 5:45 in order to eat a little something, stretch, get dressed and head out to the park, which is about 15 minutes away. By 6:45 I was at the park and ready to roll.

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Now with the Atlanta heat/humidity, my long runs have become slower and slower, which I know is probably a good thing. And since I knew I would be running for at least 2:30 or more, I was going to have to really listen to my body, especially after the first 90 minutes.

I really like the course at the Cochran Shoals Trail by the Chattachoochee River. It’s a nice easy 3.1 mile loop with very little elevation. Plus, it has 2 bathrooms (one at the front and one in the middle) and several water fountains. 

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The run went as well as could be expected. The weather, while very humid, never got above the low 80s, which is why I was aiming to be running as early as possible.

I am happy to say that I knocked out 15 miles that morning. I was drenched in sweat most of the time, but I finished. I’m not sure how much further I could have gone, but I am happy to have hit that mileage for sure.

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This coming weekend, I have 17 miles on the schedule. The plan is to hit up the Alpharetta Big Creek Greenway for a change of scenery. It’s more of an out and back route and has several bathrooms and water fountains. Wish me luck!

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