I had a 12 mile run planned for today with the running group. I wasn't quite sure how this was going to turn out for a few reasons. I only ran a total of 8 miles this week and only did strength training once. This is not very typical of me. I opted not to do an additional four mile run this week because of THIS. I also bagged a strength training session because my work out buddy bailed at the last minute because she is still struggling with the flu. Sure, I could have done it on my own and I had every intention of doing it but THIS got the best of me.
My nutrition, Wednesday through Friday in particular, was pretty much nonexistent because of THIS and I could feel it. I didn't necessarily feel the normal growling stomach feeling when you are hungry, but my brain felt like it was definitely deprived of glucose. Not good.
All of this was setting up to be a not-so-spectacular 12 miler. I had my normal pre-long run fuel which consisted of steel cut oats, string cheese and a small glass of milk. I had my normal pre-long run ritual of gagging down my pre-long run fuel. (Seriously, I literally dry heave more times than not while eating oatmeal for some reason. It never used to be that way.) All was good there.
What is your pre-long run fuel?
I met up with my fellow runners and as we headed out I really didn't have high expectations for this run. I was just gonna run at a pace that my legs wanted to. The result?
A 9:36 minute/mile average pace.
I have never sustained a pace like that on a long run. If this was supposed to be a long, slow run I wonder what I could actually do if I made myself run faster?!
This route was quite hilly to boot. I am starting to kinda like hills because I feel like a warrior after a conquer one. Bring it!
Overall, this run exceeded my expectations and I feel awesome.
I realize too that it is very important to not let THIS overtake your life. I need to get better about that.
As a side note, I really smelled today. Not like I normally smell after a long run. Not even after lifting weights for an hour in a hot, sweaty gym. The smell was somewhat reminiscent of a barnyard. Yup, a barnyard. Wonder what that was about?
Do you notice sometimes your stink is a little off?
Total miles for this week = 31! WAHOO!!