I woke up at a shocking 5:45 a.m. today and put on my running clothes. After sleeping in for 4 weeks, being up so early felt rough and strange. While my sports doc had told me that I could run 20 miles this weekend, I didn’t think it was smart for either my heel or my legs in general plus I had a meeting with my new gym at 9 and couldn’t devote 4 hours to a 20 miler. 16 on the other hand felt do-able.
I fueled the same way as usual with half a piece of toast, sunflower butter, raisins, and walnuts and then headed out the door.
I knew my run was going to be tough and that there was a chance I might not finish so I brought my iPhone, public transit card, and cash. I wanted to be prepared for any situation. I also kept telling myself to run slow. My goal today was to finish the distance, not work on speed.
I’ve noticed since starting to run again this week that I actually feel like I’m in better CV-shape and can run faster than I could previously. However, my legs aren’t there right now so keeping a slower and steady pace is key.
My legs felt fresh off the bat and I let my pace get a little out of hand. With much effort I slowed myself down and felt pretty good until around mile 4 when my quads started to tighten up. This lasted until about mile 8 when the tightness shifted to my calves, I couldn’t win. When I was moving I felt fine but when I had to stop at crosswalks my legs were locking up. I fueled with half of a medjool date at mile 10 and the other half at mile 14. I kept myself moving and thankfully didn’t feel any alarming pain so I pushed and completed the entire 16. Whew!
Obviously this run wasn’t my best but I am so proud that I was able to complete one more long training run. I feel a lot more confident about my ability to run and finish Boston after today. Mission accomplished , training is so incredibly mental for me! Hopefully in the next 2 weeks my legs will continue to re-acclimate to running and it will continue to get easier and easier to bust out miles.
Also, I want to reiterate that if I didn’t have the marathon looming in the future, I would not have pushed my body 16 miles today. Unfortunately, the date of Boston is out of my control
After my run I had to go to my new gym for an orientation aka pitch for personal training. I didn’t have time to eat anything between my run and the meeting so I grabbed a water at a 7-11 and headed over. When I left an hour later, my stomach was growling!
Breakfast when I got home was speculoos cookie butter baked oatmeal with banana sauce. Obviously I was so hungry that I dug in before I could take a picture. Oops!
I’ve spent most of today relaxing and watching X-Files with Ian, we have big dinner plans and I want to make sure I’m well rested
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!