Not every run is going to be your best and this morning I learned just how true this is. This morning was a struggle to say the least, but I survived.
I guess I can trace my offness this morning back to my early morning hunger. For the first time before a run I was not hungry. This is very strange for me! I ended up eating about 1/3 of this Odwalla Bar, which actually tasted good, I just was not hungry.
I met my Team in Training group out our group run at the West Orange Trail Head in Winter Garden.
This was a new trail for me and I really enjoyed how it takes you through downtown Winter Garden. WInter Garden is a small cute suberb of Orlando and the downtown area was being set up for their Saturday morning Farmers Market.
One of my Team Leaders had e-mailed me this week letting me know she would run with me this week so I would have a running partner and that she was planning on doing 15 miles. I have been struggling finding someone to run with in my Team so I was really excited when she asked. However, after we had stretched and everyone was ready to hit the trail, she was no where to be found. Bummer. So I set out to tackle the 15 miles on my own.
The first couple of miles I was flying and felt great, but then for no reason at all I felt blue and it hit me how many miles I was planning on running. The run went from easy to a struggle and I had to constantly give myself pep talks to keep going. I ended up only completing 13 of my original 15 planned and should be thankful I was able to complete that.
- Distance: 13.0 miles
- Time: 2:01:20
- Avg Pace: 9:20
- Avg HR: 168
- Max HR: 182
- Calories Burned: 1263
The last 3 miles were especially a struggle and I kept thinking how much I just wanted to walk. I really, really need a running partner for these longer runs. Sometimes you just need that extra encouragement. I also need to let go of this disappointment in myself for not being able to do all 15. In the back of my head is a little voice telling me I didn’t succeed, I know this mind set is not healthy.
Luckily as I was leaving I was talking to another TNT member who was running at about a 10 minute mile pace and she seemed to need a running partner as much as I do. I think I am going to take all of your advice and bring my pace down just a tad so that I can have a new friend to run with. This gives me encouragement for next week.
When I got back to my car luckily my hunger had returned and I was STARVING. I had packed an Orange in my car this morning for this very reason.
Last night I made a Breakfast Cookie so I could have something quick to eat when I returned. I used 1/2 cup of Oats, Applesauce, Almond Butter, Goji Berries and Chocolate Chips for my cookie.
Can you tell I was really hungry when I pulled the cookie out? I added 1/2 container of Oikos Vanilla Yogurt, Strawberries and some Peanut Butter Puffs on top.
THe extra additions made this the best breakfast cookie yet!
Now I need to Shower and get on the road. I’m heading to my parents neck of the woods for the rest of the weekend.
If you are looking for a good laugh check out Nate’s ‘Perez Hilton’ take on the blog world. I may make a little cameo in the entry and when I read it I was laughing so hard I was tears.
Mallory from a Bacon Wrapped Life has some baking talents I ill never be able to touch upon. The goods she has graciously offered up for bid, look so good I am considering bidding myself!
And our friend Dori is more then happy to vouch on Mallory’s behalf. Last month she received a wonderful batch of Mallory’s Carob Almond Butter Cups for her birthday. I believe there was story in there about her eating them straight from the box on her way home from the mailbox? 😉 Oh yeah, they had to be good!