My First 15 miles!!!!!


Saturday-15 miles, 8:57 pace

I was seriously so excited to run all night long. I get so excited when I’m doing something for the first time. Running past the 13.1 mile marker was a huge barrier in my mind. I just needed to do it to know I could do it. I love the anticipation of a workout. I love going out and just being able to run with no time restraints. Just run. I needed this, as I’m sure many of you have experienced with runs. I’m so grateful to be able to run. period.

There’s a trail close to my house that I thought for sure was at least 7 miles long. I was wrong. It’s only 5.5 miles, so after I ran that stretch I had to bank a couple more miles by doing a lot of out and backs.(which I hate) I listened to music the second half of my run and it took all that was in me not to do the Harlem Shake when I finished!=)


I ate half of a peanut butter Lara bar at about mile 10 and I had a gel at mile 6. By mile 12, I was starving! I need to figure out how to better fuel without eating too much for breakfast and then feeling sick. All I had for breakfast this morning was a bite of a banana and the other half of the Lara bar.

during my run when I stopped to take my jacket off

during my run when I stopped to take my jacket off

What breakfast works for you before a long run?

Overall, I feel pretty good. My knees are a bit achy, but I’m really proud of myself for doing it. The weather was gorgeous! Sunny, in the upper 30’s, wonderful Saturday run.

post run. yes I wore shorts and a t-shirt. I started with a jacket but got too hot, love the warmth!

post run. yes I wore shorts and a t-shirt. I started with a jacket but got too hot, love the warmth!


What’s your PDR(personal distance record)?

What was your run today? What was the weather like?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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31 Responses to My First 15 miles!!!!!

  1. You are awesome! I’m so glad it went so well! I’ve never eaten too much before my long runs probably about the same as you but I dotty to eat something every 45 minutes or so, that really helps. I’d just bring shot blocks or more gels.

    My longest run ever is 16 (we were probably working together when I did it), I was training for Hobble Creek half. My longest run post baby was 14 just last summer. My favorite long run distance is probably 12-14 miles, I just love long runs! My long run right now is around 5, which I’m hoping to maintain as long as I can (I have 12.5 weeks until my due date so we’ll see).


  2. Congratulations!!! My longest distance is 13.1 miles and I’ve taken this week off, but I’m hoping to get a run in tomorrow before my little road trip! I CANNOT WAIT! None of my workouts this week have made me feel as good as running does…so I can’t wait to get back to it. The weather here has cooled down a lot (cold for Florida, as in the 60s), so it’s perfect running weather for me.

  3. health advocation says:

    wow, that amazing. i remember my first mini last year was the first time i even reached 13.1 miles because i didn’t do it during training. but my favorite preworkout fuels are oatmeal and bananas or i’ll go for whole wheat toast and eggwhites with cheese, seems to hold me over really well because they both stick to me.

  4. Wow! Awesome job! I can’t really eat anything before runs… I always have stomach issues. I like the honey stinger gummies and eat those during a run.

  5. Erin says:

    Yay for you! My longest run is 7 miles haha

  6. Runner Girl Eats says:

    Congrats on the long run. Nothing feels better than hitting a PDR 🙂

  7. Congrats, I am glad you got to get outdoors for this one. Probably felt wonderful.

  8. CONGRATS!!! 15is my PDR too(last weekend..on a tready.,ughh lol). It is such a GREAT feeling to get past the 13.1. Soooo happy for you!

  9. Congrats!! I have only ran 6 miles before… Im working on longer runs!

  10. I always seem to have a good run when I eat a banana topped with peanut butter and a glass of TruMoo chocolate milk about 1.5-2 hours beforehand. I know some people would have a problem with the milk, but I have never had an issue.

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  12. Congratulations!! That is so amazing! I bet you felt so accomplished after a 15 miler! You are truly an inspiration 🙂

  13. Awesome job! I remember my first 15 miler. . . gosh about 10 years ago now. But it is a great feeling. Enjoy it!

  14. Lindsay says:

    Wahoo! Way to go!

  15. jumpeatrun says:

    Nice work!! My PDR was 20 miles last fall training for the NYC marathon (which was cancelled). One pre-long run b-fast that works for me is a slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter, chia seeds, and half a banana smushed on top. My stomach is pretty sensitive and I tend to have a hard time fueling long runs too.

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