It seems that every blogger who’s ever run a marathon — and some local friends — have made the comment that with my mileage and long runs lately I might as well just do a marathon.
No, just no! I really do not want to. I had all kinds of respect for marathoners to begin with, but not that I’ve done runs longer than 13.1 — seriously, you guys are nuts! I can’t even begin to imagine having to run 9 more miles than I did yesterday. I am not saying that I will never run a marathon — but at the moment, I repeat: no thank you.
And I apologize in advance for the length of this post — there’s just a lot in my head right now.
I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I wrapped up my peak week of training and am so, so happy to be tapering. Even if it’s possible that taper might include a half marathon!
- Monday: 6 miles (3 @ tempo), PB Booty & Core (20 minutes), YFPR Hips
- Tuesday: 6 miles easy
- Wednesday: Dogwalk
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy
- Friday: Dogwalk in between rain/thunder showers, KB Core (20 min)
- Saturday: 17 mile LSD, YFR Foundation
- Sunday: Dogwalk, Recovery Yoga
Mileage: 34 (+5)
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Can you see the little rainbow? Glad I took this quickly because it was gone just as quickly
Damn tempos! It was definitely less humid than Saturday’s long run, and yet I struggled with this run. You’d think it would go smoothly after a half and a 15 mile long run but nooooo!
In fact, with about .20 miles left in the tempo portion, I threw in an extra walk. I never do that (well, sometimes in a race). And when a walk interval came up just .05 miles later? You better believe I took it — with about .1 mile to go!
I gave it my all, but today my all came up a little short.
I got out early, but it was not a fasted run. Not that that seemed to make a whole lot of difference. It was just one of those “easy” runs that felt anything but easy.
This week started out ugly (hot, humid, & rainy) and just got uglier and uglier as the week went on. I headed out Thursday afternoon, mid 80s feels like a gazillion degrees, knowing I could always throw in the towel and come back and run on the treadmill.
Only I didn’t; I toughed it out, literally praying for rain most of the run. Of course when you want it, it doesn’t happen — not until I finished the run, anyway. I have definitely struggled with the humidity since coming back from ID; I would not say this was a good run, but I kept a decent pace.
Oh, the humidity! It was raining when I got up, I had no one to meet, so I took my time and got ready and left a little later. And almost the minute I got to the park the skies opened and a deluge came down. I did what any sane runner would do — I waited it out.
You know what? 17 miles later and not a drop on me, even if I actually looked like I’d run through a car wash due to the humidity and again was truly wishing I got rained on.
I won’t lie — this run was so, so tough. I swear I started to ache already about mile 8. I could feel some chafing going on — although in the end there was much less than last week, and none in unmentionable places, so that’s a win. The last 3 miles reminded me of ZOOMA Annapolis (read about that sweatfest here) — although thankfully it was at least cloudy, and I just kept in mind “forward” — as in when that watch vibrates to run, you run — doesn’t matter how slow (and yes, I slowed way down those last 3 miles), you run. And I did.
By the way, I actually did 17.12 miles. The race (assuming it’s not short or long) is 18.12 miles. So I am now able to say to myself: it’s just one more mile.
Carbs + Protein = yummy seafood pasta
Favorites of the week
We had dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants, Innovo Kitchen. We don’t go very often because it’s pricey and I always get dessert (see below).
I always get the same dessert here (it’s appeared on the blog every time, too). It’s always just a little different. It’s peanut butter chocolate-something ice cream, this time on an oreo crust, with fudge and a big ole slab of peanut butter on top. It’s heaven. If you run 17 miles, you definitely deserve some of this, although we do share it.
This morning I made a recovery cookie (more like a recovery cake). It’s from my favorites board on Pinterest (find it here) — it’s the “huge chocolate protein cookie” — no lie, obviously — I just sub in teff flour and decrease the coconut sugar to half a tablespoon.
I also picked up some Simply Ptotein Bars (Amazon Affiliate link) at Homegoods this week. They only have 1 gm of sugar and no sugar alcohols. They do use soy protein for the protein, and I know some people avoid soy. I didn’t get around to taking a photo, but they’re like a rice crispie treat, and only 150 calories. I haven’t had a lot of time to bake recently, so I’ve been relying on bars more heavily — but so many of them are more like a meal than a snack and/or loaded with sugar. I like them, but obviously with only 1 gm of sugar, they don’t taste overly sweet.
Either I’m doing something right in refueling, or it’s just the heat, because knock on wood, I haven’t been suffering much with the rungries after my long runs or the next day.
Let’s get the conversation started:
Do you get excited about trying new snack foods?
The forecast: rain, potential thunderstorms, hot & humid. The next day: even hotter & more humid but supposedly no rain. What would you do?
How do you mentally turn around a hard run?