• Jennifer Cafferty-Davis

    You are brave and I totally respect your commitment to this – can’t wait to read about Boston!

  • Keira

    I only carry water if absolutely have no other choice. On long runs, I’ll leave water bottles on my porch and make sure my house is in my loop.

    I don’t leave them inside because then I would go inside. And my brain would scream, “are you insane? Stop running! Drink a beer and eat some nachos” And then I would.

    Anyway, good luck!!! You’ve got this!!

  • americanrecluse

    Are you going to be a guide runner? Is that what it’s called? VERY COOL! Can’t wait to read more about your marathon partner.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Yes, a guide. NO PRESSURE AT ALL. I can’t wait to introduce Simon to everyone.

  • Heather Armstrong

    On my long runs when I’m approaching an intersection with a stoplight, I will jog around like a maniac in the craziest circles because I know, I KNOW, if I stand there until it’s safe to cross the street I’ll think, eh. Feels good to walk. Let’s walk now.

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Heather Armstrong

    Oh, thank you. Brave? I don’t know. Delusional, probably!

  • KristenfromMA

    The ads for TV coverage of the race have started, and some of them mention that this year is the 50th anniversary of the first race completed by a woman. Nice year to run Boston.

  • KatieMama

    I totally understand not being able to carry water. I do it, but don’t run as well. I can’t imagine 20 miles on a treadmill. Bravo! It really is amazing what running for a cause does for you and the organization. I lead a non-profit organization’s team (running & cycling) and it is very fulfilling. Looking forward to hearing more about your experience!

  • Karen Bernstein

    Loved training for a marathon. Hated when I got injured at the point where I hit 25 miles/week. I miss those long runs and I miss that long run feeling AND the “OMG only 8 miles today” feeling too. And chafing – surely you know about vaseline? I used to wipe it EVERYWHERE prior to a long run. Yes, even there.

    In my city there are running groups that turned me onto certain routes where there was known water, like a garden hose that was publicly available. And I found a few of my own – through an open mall where I could slip into the backdoor of La Madeleine and get a glass of water, through the park where there were water fountains, etc.

    I’m impressed that you had the mental fortitude to run for 3+ hours on a treadmill. That is some serious perseverance!

  • Tamara Tedd

    I just want to say that if you can run 20mi in about 3 hours you ARE Wonder Woman and you don’t need Miss Bey to sing it out to you- good on you! I can’t wait to hear all about Simon, his journey, and your shared race experience.

  • KathyRo

    So what I’m hearing is… if you run a marathon, you can eat candy.

  • Libby

    I’ve never in my life read someone talk about running for that long without being like “fux this, man” and closing the laptop. And now here I am thinking I can do that!! (Spoiler alert: I can’t, I won’t.)

  • Stools

    The area I usually run in has a few higher traffic streets to cross but as SOON as you press the button to cross the traffic light turns yellow. Sometimes I need that 45 seconds to catch a quick breath but nope – with about 3 seconds the sign turns to “walk” dammit.

  • Stools

    Seriously! My pace is SO SLOW and I find a 10 minute mile pretty freakish :)

  • Molly

    Super impressed at your being able to do 20 on one!!! Rock on! My only marathon training injury (a week before my taper) was doing 10 miles on a treadmill when I previously ran outside for anything over 5 – readers, be careful doing a long run on a treadmill if you haven’t trained on one up to that point. You run differently, and the lack of variation means repetitive stress injuries are pretty easy if you don’t have perfect form, which Heather must but I clearly do not.

  • http://www.appropriateinc.com/ Margot Bloomstein

    I *love* that your energy source of choice is named “CHOCOLATE OUTRAGE.” For longtime readers who came for the poop stories, stayed for the doggie pictures, and now live for the rants, that is so, so perfect. EMBRACE YOUR CHOCOLATE OUTRAGE, and best of luck here in Boston!

  • Lala

    And make sure that you’re running at a slight incline. A totally flat treadmill = injuries.

  • Sarah C.

    I can’t move properly – kind of like a cat wearing a sweater – whenever I try to run wearing a water bottle belt.

  • Jo D

    I’ve spent the last 5 months not running, because I was saving my knees. I bike to/from work, which is teaching fitness classes or classical jazz dance, and my body already takes a beating. Well, hubby signed us up for a 1/2 marathon this summer, so I have to get back into it. I thought I’d be a little off my game, but since I’ve stayed quite fit it would be relative breeze… yeah no. 6 miles is kicking my butt, and I’m dreaming of the days when that felt like a “quick little run” before work.

    You are inspiring me to keep going! It will get easier for me! I’ll be able to do those long runs again and not feel like I’m dying for the first 5 miles! (Although as soon as school ends, I’m going to be commercial fishing… and boat life doesn’t lend itself too well to running.)

  • http://www.moosenotes.com Carla DeLauder

    I was just about to jump down to the comments before I finished your post and say, “Why the heck would anyone spend THREE hours of their precious lives on a treadmill?” when I read your advice that people should run marathons for a cause.

    That’s exactly right. Good post.

  • AJS

    I would run with you in a heartbeat! If you’re ever in Raleigh let me know :) But I am not running 20mi in three hours. GOOD LORD WOMAN YOU’RE INSANE.

  • Justine

    GU is totally vegan. They stopped using amino acids derived from animals. My running coach was vegan and would sing the praises of GU frequently. Good luck in Boston. I’m ramping up for a 10k next month and hopefully my first half later this year.

  • http://talesfromthechicks.com/ The Ginger Chick

    I do not run super long distances, but I also HATE carrying water. Oddly enough, I carry my phone in my hand the whole time…