I Ran 17 Miles!

17 miles in the (marathon training) books. It’s funny because the last 2 long runs I’ve had, I had been totally dreading them. I was nervous and really doubting myself…and then they ended up being great runs. 

I was really nervous about this one because of the heat. All week it had been mid-high 90s, and humid. The day before this run, I struggled even finishing 5 miles. In fact, I ran/walked most of the last 2 miles in order to keep it easy effort.

I posted in the FitFluential Running Facebook group and got some good feedback from other runnerrs. Many advised me not to try to do the entire run outside due to the high heat. I would be running at 5 pm, so it would be a bit cooler than during the day, but still mid 90′s. 

So my mom and I decided to run indoors at the gym first, then head outside. We were kinda winging it. We didn’t know how long we’d run on the treadmill but the initial plan was only 3 miles. I felt fine running longer so we ended up running 6 miles on the treadmill before heading outside.

I changed my shirt real quick (#heavysweaterprobs) and then we continued with 6 miles outside. I’m glad we ran inside first because once we got outside the sun had gone down, BUT it was still pretty hot and muggy.

Before our run we left 2 water bottles on the route so we could stop every 1.5 miles and drink.

So anyway, we did 6 miles outside, then headed back inside (after another shirt change), and hopped on the treadmill as quick as we could to keep moving.

We were supposed to do 18 but finished at 17. The gym was close to closing and we needed to stretch and cooldown too. I felt really good though!

We wanted to do the last 5 miles at marathon goal pace (10:20-10:30) so we pushed ourselves a bit, and then I finished my last mile in 9:45. If only it felt so easy in the actual marathon! I’ll share some photos from my snapchat story (I’m @pattyrivas13 btw):



I’m so glad this run went well because this one and the previous 14 miles have been confidence boosters for me. I’m still kinda not sure at all how I’ll fare at Chicago Marathon, but here’s what I’m thinking:

  • Even though in my training for NYC Marathon I was close to 50 miles per week, I think this range (35ish) has been working well because I don’t feel too run down AND my shin pain has not been flaring up *knock on wood*

But I guess we’ll see!

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How do you handle hot runs? I made sure to take water every 2 miles and a salt pill every hour.

What is your least favorite part of long runs? Mine is just how time consuming it is…though I guess if you’re faster, that’s not a problem for you! ;)


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  1. I’ve never done back and forth between inside and outside, but that’s a great idea to handle the heat.
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  2. I’d be afraid something would happen to my water bottle leaving it out of my constant view.
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  3. I’ve see a bunch of people do this and split up their runs outside and treadmill – great job getting it done! You know the drill time on your feet is what is most important!
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  4. Great job!!! WOOHOO!! Looks like you’re finally getting back at it and getting some of your running mojo back :). I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love that you and your mom train together! Have a great weekend!
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  5. I can’t run in the heat. My body loves the cold. I used to run either super early or super late to try to beat the heat. Never thought of combining both though. God job doing 17!
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  6. great job!!
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  7. Great work! Sometimes (often) we get in our own way. I’m glad that you had some great mom support and figured out a way to get it all done! For hot runs, I modify pace, take in a bit more water, and just give myself a break.
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  8. Yay!! Such awesomeness!! You should be SO proud of yourself!! You are absolutely amazing!! Have a fabulous weekend! XOXO

  9. I knew you could do it! Are you feeling more confident now?

    I’ve got mine on Sunday. Wish me luck!
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  10. Awesome job! Don’t get so hung up on the mileage. Feeling good during long runs seems most important!
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  11. Awesome job finishing this tough run. Running long in the heat can be a killer!
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  12. Congrats!!! I’m not currently training for a marathon but am looking to incorporate some longer runs into my training just for fun. I’m looking forward to the weekly PRs ;)

    I’d have to agree with you on the time-consumption aspect, though. I run slooooow to keep old injuries at bay, and while I’m just grateful to be able to run, sometimes I wish I could go faster ;)
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  13. Running in the heat is no easy job. Well done !

  14. Great job! I just moved to Florida
    In August and my running has suffered! Get up early or head indoors, those have been my options. When info run later I felt like I am running through soup. But what doesn’t kill me will make me stronger, right?
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  15. Awesome job girl! 17 miles is a long way. Way to go!
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  16. Hi 5 Patty! I knew you could do it. Love the pic of you on the floor.
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  17. Awesome job! Great thinking to switch off between outside and inside on the treadmill. I’m a heavy sweater too :(
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  18. ok, I’m going to stop commenting on how cool it is that you and your Mom run together, but it it cool lol. 17 miles dang, you are doing it. Congrats to you guys.
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  19. Way to go getting those 17 miles in! Doing a long run on the treadmill is never any fun, but you have to do what you have to do sometimes!
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