It’s official — I’ve run over 200 miles! I was so excited to see this when I logged into Smashrun. In my last training update, I was just over a month away from my first half, and now I have less than 30 days to go.
Monday – 4 mile run
D and I ran together on Monday. While I had some calf pain in the first mile, it faded away after a walk break and didn’t return — which is awesome! Stepping outside felt like a sauna and it was over 80 degrees at 6 am. I’m still using 4:1 run/walk/run intervals and they’re great. I use the walking breaks to drink water, so it helps me remember to hydrate.
Wednesday – 4 mile run
I called this run Margarita Miles on Garmin Connect, if that tells you anything! We met up with friends for dinner on Tuesday night, and of course I had to get a marg (okay, two). I was a little concerned that I would start to feel terrible during my run, but this ended up being the fastest 4 mile run I’ve had in the last month (that’s even with walking intervals)! Even better, my last mile was a full 30 seconds faster than the previous mile, and over a minute faster than my first.
Saturday – 8 mile run
8 miles! My longest ever! We have company in town for the weekend, and this run had all the makings to be an absolute nightmare. Since we were all hanging out at our house, I didn’t get to bed until around 1:30 am and was up before 7 to run. My IT band was tight and sore. It was raining. My iPod wasn’t charged. I couldn’t find the right socks.
I felt slow and tired, and spent the first 3 miles planning my bail out strategy. I tried to make deals with myself, saying I could do this run on Monday since it was a holiday weekend. If I hadn’t been using the run/walk/run strategy, there is no way I would have finished this run. Slowly, things improved. I started to feel looser and less uncomfortable. I gave myself permission to extend my walk breaks if I needed to. Things started to click into place, and when I got to 5 miles and had just 5K to go I knew I would make it.
I even tried GU again! The first time I tried on on a run I swore I would never ever eat another one again. It was like warm, fruity toothpaste. Since then, I’ve stuck with the Honey Stinger gel chews, which taste great but don’t really feel like they give me a boost of energy. I picked up a Chocolate Outrage GU after a coworker of mine recommended it and it tasted like brownie batter! The texture made sense with the flavor which made it much easier to eat without getting too grossed out. If I switch to GUs, I think the non-fruity flavors are the way to go. They’re less like toothpaste, more like dessert.
Between runs, I had 2 PT appointments and tried my best to do the exercises at home. I’ve gotten better about stretching and foam rolling since I do it at night while we watch TV.
Things to work on:
- Fueling during and after runs. I don’t have problems with the shorter distances, but I kind of felt like I had been run over by a truck after my long run.
- Cross training. I need to work on strength training and some other form of cardio or conditioning. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way with injuries, so obviously I can’t skimp on this any longer. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to try out a barre class!
I’m putting together a monthly training overview, that I hope to share next week. Get out there an enjoy the long weekend!