15 miles. Done.
Now that wasn’t so bad. The hardest part is always getting out the door (oh, and those first couple of miles where you realize just how far you still have to go aren’t very fun either).
My alarm went off at 5:00 this morning. I made a peanut butter and strawberry quesadilla for some pre-run fuel and geared up to head out the door.
I had mapped out a 15 mile route from my house the night before and made the mistake of not double checking it before i headed out. I assumed I was following it correctly, but I made an early turn and ended up cutting a mile out of the route. Oops.
It wasn’t too big of a deal. Once I figured this out (with about 4 miles to go) I decided to just make a quick pit stop at home and grab Maddie for the last mile. I was at that ‘I’m just ready to be done’ stage when I picked Maddie up and she was the breath of fresh air I needed to push myself through the final mile. She was so full of spunk and so excited to run that I just let her take the lead and had her basically pull me around the block. My last mile was 8:40. She’s a strong pup.
The other miles were pretty good too. I had a goal of maintaining at or around a 9:00 min/mi pace and managed to hit that goal dead on. I could definitely feel my lack of training the past couple of weeks. ugh. I need to work on that.
For fuel, I carried my favorite Camelbak water bottle with a Gu Brew fizz tablet added to the water inside.
The Gu Brew tablets are just like the Nuun tablets (with the added electrolytes and all that jazz), only I think these taste better (Nuun has an artificial sugar taste to them that I don’t care for). The lemon lime Gu Brew tastes more like a fizzy Gatorade. They’re pretty good and don’t make my stomach churn when I drink them.
I had a mini package of sports beans at mile 9 when I stopped to refill my water bottle at a First Watch (did you know Publix doesn’t open until 8:00am around here?!). I’m not sure why, but I think my body is starting to reject the idea of eating on runs. Once upon a time, I could eat anything on my long runs and be fine. Now I don’t get hungry at all and literally have to force the sports beans (or gu or chomps) down my throat to make sure I have the fuel I need to run. So strange. Has anyone else had this problem?
After my run I still wasn’t hungry. I loaded the dishwasher, downed a glass of water, made a cup of tea, and nothin’. I ended up making a bowl of cereal, but my body was kind of ‘meh’ to it all. I’m sure the post-long run hunger will kick in later, my body is probably still trying to figure out what I just did to it.
In the bowl:
- 1/2 cup shredded wheat
- 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Crisp
- Apple Cinnamon Chobani (my first time trying the new flavor – I really liked it!)
- honey peanut butter
All of my measurements up there should really say ‘heaping’ servings because I got a little crazy with the pouring and grabbing of everything. So let’s round the cereal measurements up a 1/4 of a cup and add in a few handfuls.
I’m so happy it’s Friday.
Anyone have any fun plans for the weekend?!