Can we all talk about how much Mondays suck?! During the academic year, they are always filled with anxiety for me. Luckily, the school year is over so I don’t hate them as much as I used to. But still, I dread them a wee bit.
Today, I woke up not feeling so hot. I am fairly certain it’s all related to my long run last night. 12.5 miles. In the interest of full disclosure, I walked the last mile. I was beat. I was starving. I was ready to come home. Oh yeah, not to mention the lightning that started and it was 9:15 pm. This is just a bit too dark out for my comfort level.
The 25k is THIS Saturday! I can’t believe it! I’m sooo going to need to trade some baked goods for a massage when it’s done!
But yesterday’s run went fairly well and was 12.5 miles of sheer confidence for Saturday. Here is what I was happy with:
1. I kept my pace fairly steady – 10:45-11:20… at least until the end ;) I also totally accepted if I wanted to run 12 miles (15 soon enough) I needed to embrace the time/pace and enjoy the run
2. I wore my Aspaeris pivot shorts – this was an AWESOME choice! I have only ever worn them for recovery but these really helped and I will be wearing them on Saturday.
3. I added a GIANT hill at mile 3 – lately I have been trying to avoid hills around this mile because I felt I couldn’t tackle them or I would be too tired to keep running. But I ate this hill for breakfast! Or at least as a snack! For those of you local folks, I did Howard hill up to Oakland Drive!
4. I brought water with me – I typically think I don’t need fluids but I am so happy I’m getting smarter!
5. I didn’t have any expectations for this run. Instead, I went out there ready to enjoy it and if I fell short of my goal than this was okay. But I did well! I also exceeded my expectations. I didn’t really start getting uncomfortable until mile 9, a major improvement.
6. I kept running!
7. I wore my sparkle skirt! I think I got a marriage proposal from a passing motorist as I was running :)
Things I still need to improve upon:
1. I only took one shot blok while I was out there. I didn’t notice my waning energy until much later but at this point it was too late. I was EXHAUSTED.
2. I didn’t eat enough before I started running. Again, I didn’t notice this until much later but when I got home I was feeling a bit light-headed. I ate something immediately but then I started to feel nauseated. I ate more after a shower (lots of protein) but still felt pretty sick. Then today I still felt kind of crappy. Lesson learned!
3. I didn’t bring ENOUGH water – I was out by the time I made it to the track for the last couple of miles and really thirsty. So, apparently, I am not smart enough.
The good thing is the positives outweighed the negatives! I know I will finish on Saturday. I also readjusted my goal – before I thought maybe I would finish around two and half hours. Buuut… I am now a bit more realistic and am hoping for three hours or less. I also decided to dedicate this race to my mom. I decided this last night as I was running and knew it was the right thing to do. It will be more constructive than wallowing on Mother’s Day and I know it will give me some great motivation to dig even deeper to keep going.
Okay… sad stuff aside, I do have a great announcement! Duck on the Run put a call out on her blog for some runners to join her on this
as an ULTRA!
Haha, crazy girl! But in the excitement of this past race weekend (more on this tomorrow) I decided to jump in with both feet and told her I was IN! I am super excited! We are still looking for a few more runners so let us know if you are interested! It’s going to be a BLAST!
Running and Reading Long starts today! Yay!! I will be posting on Thursdays about my reading so I for the next several weeks I will be doing my Thankful Things Thursdays on Tuesdays. Or maybe on Fridays – I haven’t quite decided yet. I am thrilled to share the insights from the program though and have a feeling it’s just what this introspective gal needs right now as I’m reconnecting with my love of running!