“Test” long run complete! Okay, so it was only 8 miles, which doesn’t qualify as a “long run” for most of you folks. But it was long enough to gauge how my body feels these days and if I can move forward. I’ve had 4 mile runs where my body would scream STOP, so I wanted to make sure that wasn’t the state I’m in. I understand that that can still happen, but knowing that I didn’t fall apart today is a relief. Success!
My only issue was that I hit the wall at mile 7 (yes, SEVEN. Sigh.) because I was dumb and didn’t hydrate. At all. I was wondering why the last hill took so much out of me, and then I realized that I barely drank any water last night, only had a few sips this morning, and didn’t bring anything with me on the run. I had a gel but all I wanted was a drink.
I hate carrying a water bottle while running and I also despise fuel belts. I could have done laps that allowed me to stop back at my house every few miles, but I opted for one long loop through the trails and on the back roads. I admit that it was 100% my fault – lesson learned! (Miss Zippy – I don’t know how you did the glycogen depleting runs!!)
survived thrived and am now enjoying my afternoon in my compression shorts.
My Garmin kept saying something like “Lap database is almost full”…yikes! I’ve had this same watch for almost 3 years. It’s so fun to look back at my runs from 3 years ago and see how things have changed…but I guess 3 years of run-data is enough! Apparently if you remove data off the watch, it will still stay on Garmin Connect (a website where all workouts are uploaded). I guess I have some deleting to do if I want to track my splits for my future marathon…hint hint.
Overall, it was a pretty slow, positive-splitting run. I had a few niggles (I think it was Kara Goucher that used this term to describe little random, fleeting pains that aren’t necessarily anything) but besides the fact that I simply need to get my running game back, I felt fine. I think I’m ready to move forward with Philly!
I’m excited to see how combining pre-Ironman training with marathon training will help me improve. I know my body doesn’t take everyday running well, so I’m hoping the swimming and biking interspersed with running will aid me more so than the boring elliptical (like I used to do). I truly believe that I’ll be in much better running shape by doing complementary exercises…I REALLY want a PR this year, because my first two marathons were ridiculously slow, and my training basically sucked. I also really want another marathon under my belt before my Ironman marathon next August…which will be preceded by a 2.4 mile swim and a 110 mile bike ride. Woh. Scary.
We all know I learned the hard way that rest is super important and over-training is a REAL THING, so trust me, I plan to focus on finding a balance.
In other, exciting news, I just had the best sandwich ever:
I got the idea to make a tomato sandwich from Amy Lauren – she always posts delicious-looking photos of her yummy sandwiches! So, I went to Trader Joe’s yesterday and bought some whole wheat bread, a tomato, and an avocado, among other things. (By the way, if you find a ripe avocado, WHICH I NEVER DO, it makes life so much easier! I didn’t have to struggle with this one at all. I could slice right through it!) I chopped up the tomato and avocado, added a little salt, and viola! Also, the grapes were absolutely phenomenal. They are called Tomcord grapes and they tasted just like grape juice. Delish. Too bad I can’t make these sandwiches for Brendan…he despises tomatoes!