Brian Deleon ran: I had to think about ...

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  • 20 miles
  • 03:08 time
  • 09:23 pace
  • 2321 calories
  • 708 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
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great First ever 20 20.05 mi 03:08 09:23 pace

I had to think about how I was going to get in 20 miles today, with coaching soccer, and wanting to be a lazy ass and watch the Spartans and Tigers later. I woke up at 6am, had a Clif Builder Bar (Mint Chocolate Chip flavored) and 12 oz of water. Sat around til about 7. Wife and daughter still sound asleep. I step outside and it is not too cold. But I did have my new arm sleeves on + my Martian tech shirt from this years race. I decided to do an 8 mile loop from east to west, and then 12 miles south and back north.

First 8 miles were uneventful. Just trying to get a steady rhythm. I was all over the place. 9:10 - 9:40 every other half mile splits. I wanted again to be around 9:20-9:30 per mile and stay consistent. After about 3 miles, I started to get in a groove, and settled in. Popped my first round of GU chomps at 3.5. As the sun was coming up, I was headed back east. So nice to see the sun come up while running. Definitely gave me an extra kick in my step. Around mile 7, I really had to use the bathroom. So I ran behind a tree on Campbell and 14 mile, and took care of business. Lucky to be a guy, as this only took about 30 seconds to pee and go. I apologize to my mom for not washing my hands.

I stashed an extra water bottle behind some bushes at mile 8, and it certainly came in handy, as I refilled my handheld. Popped 2 more GU chomps at 8 miles. Now headed south towards Ferndale.

Miles 8-12 were solid. Felt pretty good during this stretch. My buddy Steve saw me running and texted me. Headed through my old neighborhood in Ferndale, and hit up Livernois heading north. Back across a side street, headed South on Woodward, until I hit 9 mile. Scary moment as I tweaked my ankle a bit crossing the street. Luckily, maintained my balance and it was a non issue. Trudged up through Downtown Royal Oak for miles 13-18.

GU Chomps at 12.5, 15, and 17.5.

Once I hit 18, I realized this was the furthest I have ever run, and got an extra kick in my step. Coincidentally, one of my favorite tunes popped on, and I felt pretty good.

Miles 19 and 20 were a non issue, and finished strong. Wife had a plate of eggs and bacon ready for me when I got home. She is the best.


First 10: 9:09, 9:32, 9:33, 9:24, 9:10, 9:22, 9:18, 9:27, 9:25, 9:26

2nd 10: 9:22, 9:27, 9:28, 9:32, 9:14, 9:21, 9:28, 9:27, 9:35, 9:30

Now, off to coach some soccer, watch MSU / OSU and Tigers / Twins. Oh yeah, I may eat a cow later.

3 weeks till the Freep. Some nice tapers coming up. Will enjoy for sure. Again, no expectations... just gonna get out there and do my best!!

Weather: 48 °F, 0mph N, 87%

  • Karyn

    Stellar 20 this morning Brian! Anxious to read your recap!!!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Rebecca

    Yeah!! Congrats on your longest distance run ever!!! I only a little 10k extra to go on race day :-). Sounds like it went really well and you fueled nicely. Those clif builder bars are my favorite! Yum! How nice you got this over and can now enjoy the rest of the day! Great job, Brian!!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Mary Beth
    Mary Beth

    Rock solid miles! Congrats on your first 20!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Matt

    Congrats on your first 20-mile run, Brian!

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Laura G.
    Laura G.

    I bow down to you sir! Fantastic job.

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Sarah V.
    Sarah V.

    Awesome 20!! So nice of your wife to have breakfast waiting for you - especially bacon!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Torrie

    Amazing run today, Brian!!! You are going to do great on your first full =] You fueled so well and it sounds like today was a great dress rehearsal for race day! Enjoy your taper!!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Nita M.
    Nita M.

    Great JOB!!! Congrats on your 20 miler!! And such a GREAT PACE TOO!!!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Shauna N.
    Shauna N.

    You are so inspiring. Nice work!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Jenn P.
    Jenn P.

    I just got a tear in my eye reading this!!! AWESOME! :) YAY Brian!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Brian D.
    Brian D.

    You all are rockstars.

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Jessica M.
    Jessica M.

    Amazing run Brian! Your write-up made me smile! I love that you have such a great attitude going into race day! I hope you enjoyed watching the Tigers game a little more than that State game!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Bert D.
    Bert D.

    You're killing it Brian. Congrats on your 20!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Jocelyn

    Congrats!! Guys have it lucky. :) Glad that ankle is okay and that the last few miles went just peachy - that's when a lot of wackiness can happen! Great job!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Darci M.
    Darci M. Congrats

    Holy smokes! Congrats! Can't wait to read about it!

    over 5 years ago

  • John B.
    John B. Congrats

    Awesome job! Let the taper begin!

    over 5 years ago

  • Danielle
    Danielle You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Dudeeee, kick @$$$$$$! Freep got nothing on you in a few weeks! Love your writing , esp the "sorry mom" part, lmao. Awesome job!!

    over 5 years ago