Monday, October 6, 2014

That Much Needed Awesome Long Run

Everyone training for a race needs at least one solid long run during the training cycle to give you the confidence that you can not only finish, but finish strong, on race day. I got exactly that on Sunday. It was one of those runs that reminded me exactly why I love running so much. Since I haven't ran more than 8 miles in the past month (oops), I had 8 miles on my calendar, but I felt so great, I went for 10.

Everything just clicked. I ran at the reservoir since I hadn't ran any hills or trails in a couple of weeks. You exert more effort on hills and dirt trails that you do on flat roads, so running the majority of my miles on the trails definitely helped strengthen my legs and gave me that confidence boost knowing my reservoir trail is a tougher course than race day's course. I started feeling a little discomfort around mile 9 (hamstrings, glutes - the usual), but I just kept telling myself that the hard part was over. Once you hit 9 or 10 miles, you can finish that Half.

Splits: 10:06, 9:37, 9:49, 10:01, 10:10, 10:03. 10:05, 10:14, 10:24, 10:26



I feel like I'm close to a new level of running because my legs are oddly feeling a-ok after my run. Maybe the pain will come in a few hours, but I usually am hurting 5 minutes after finishing a run over 8 miles, and I walked around/did errands feeling fine yesterday. I also wasn't any hungrier than usual. To be fair, I'm always pretty hungry, but I wasn't ravenous. I'm really hoping this is the start of a new phase where 8-10 mile runs are no big deal.

I had one disappointing discovery on my run. I am NOT a fan of salted caramel. I was told by basically everyone in the running blog world that salted caramel was the best GU flavor, but I did not like it at all. I'm not the biggest fan of caramel, so why I thought I would think it was the greatest is a mystery to me. I'll be sticking with chocolate for my race. 


I took an ice bath after my run - I'm sure that helped the legs feel better - and Stella fell in while she was sitting on the side of the tub. Ice baths are not cat friendly...


I fueled post run with the same lunch as Saturday. I'm boring like that…


I also added in a Quest Bar a couple of hours later…


I saw on TimeHop yesterday that my first Half in almost 2 years was one year ago. The Run Like A Girl Half feels like it was yesterday. I finished that race in 2:22. Here's hoping for a 20+ minute improvement in a couple of weeks! 


I went to my Aunt and Uncle's for family dinner and decided to elevate my legs while we were all watching football. My family thinks I'm weird…


Dinner was baked ziti. I don't think I really need to follow up with, "it was good," anymore. You just know...

This is why I run

For dessert, my aunt made homemade brownies that I paired with vanilla ice cream and chocolate chips. Go big or go home…

I run for this too...

Today, I'll be juicing in between meals.

How far did you run this weekend? 

What are some post long run recovery tips?

No comments:

Post a Comment