I'm not going to lie, I was really apprehensive about this weekend's long run. I was just getting over the flu, I hadn't slept well all week, and it was supposed to be HOT. I woke up late and it was already really warm, so I was prepared for the worst.
|marathon training in san diego is not too shabby if you ask me.|
|pre-run beach bathroom selfie. i was nervous.|
The night before...
Run: 4 easy miles
Dinner: Steamed tofu, brown rice and pumpkin
Dessert: Cookies, ice cream and 1 glass of red wine
It was Valentine's Day-- it happens.
Sleep: 8ish hours
The day of...
Breakfast: 2 pieces of peanut butter toast, 8 oz of water & 1 cup of coffee
Mid-run fuel: 1 pack of Honey Stinger energy chews and Ultima Replenisher
Water Intake: ~40 oz
Post-Run Eats: Acai bowl with berries and granola
Also... a nice little ocean ice bath for good measure. :)
This run felt so ridiculously enjoyable and dare I say, easy. Every single mile! I was breathing through my nose the entire way (except on hills) which is always a great indication that I am at a relaxed pace. Each mile ticked by seamlessly and I couldn't believe it was already time to turn around when I hit 8 miles. I stayed on top of my hydration and fuel, something I often neglect. I think this was definitely key, especially in the heat.
I also switched shoes from the new Pure Flows, which were giving me cuts and blood blisters, to the new Brooks Pure Cadence 3s, and wow! I am in LOVE. This was the first time I completed a long run without bloody socks, a missing toenail or a massive blister. I've never loved a shoe more and no one is paying me to say that.
|who needs an ice bath when you have the pacific ocean?|
|post-run acai bowl.|
Earlier in the week, I completely bombed my tempo run and threw in the towel at 2.6 miles. I never quit a run but I knew it just wasn't happening. Even so, I wound up having an incredible 16 mile run two days later-- You win some and you lose some.
This weekend is the Women's Running Series Half Marathon here in San Diego! I have 18 miles on the training schedule so I am thinking about running from home to the start line to get in the additional 5 miles. That said, I definitely won't be PRing if I run 5 miles beforehand. Regardless of my finish time, it should still be a blast and the perfect chance for a beautiful long run with a ton of other women and aid stations. I'm super excited about it!
Week 6 Recap:
Monday: Rest day (still sick)
Tuesday: 6 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 2.6 miles (the one where I quit)
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 16 miles
Sunday: Rest day (and 3 hours of cleaning the house)
Total: 32.6 miles
My mileage is still really low, but it seems to be keeping me injury free and working wonders for my endurance so I will continue to roll with it. :)