Scott works A LOT of weekend but today (Sunday) he had off! HOORAY for Hikes and fall and being exhausted but happy
I hope you all had as wonderful a day as I did
Saturday morning I happy woke up to NO alarm I woke up slowly and had breakfast before heading out for my run. I had 13 miles on the schedule and I wanted to run somewhere new. I had a new trail in mind but I decided I wanted to SAVE the newness of it for my 17 mile run next weekend. I took to google and did some back country road street view searches and picked out some roads near by. FYI- street view makes everything look flat.. HOLY CRAP this turned out to be the hilliest run of my life.. it was ROUGH.
See those mountain like hills in the background.. I accidentally ran up them… ouch.. my bootay is feeling it now!
I bought a new vega raspberry gu and it was so gross I chucked it and busted out my salted watermelon gu which I had at 20 and 40 minutes. At 60 I ate a fig newman and then 80 and 100 I had Honey Stingers Strawberry Lemonade chews.
I incorporated some short walk breaks here and there based on the, what seemed like, constant up hill battle!
It sure was pretty though. I did learn to NEVER trust street view… I plan on finding some time to drive some back roads around here to scope out some flatter turf for the future!
I finished 13 miles in 2:20:10 with an average pace of 10:46..
next weekend.. FLAT TRAIL HERE I COME!
On Thursday morning I ran 7 miles. I struggled mainly with the enormous hills. I did run my regular 7 miler backwards so I was running more downhills then ups but there were still plenty of ups!
It is still one of my favorite local runs, very pretty and scenic
I had some kefir, water and coffee before my run and felt pretty good the whole time. I finished 7 miles in 1:12:06 with an average pace of 10:17. Certainly not my best pace but at least I felt pretty good!
I drank my Vega Bodacious Berry Protein shake while I took the dogs on a cool down walk
Once I let my dogs out and fed them I chugged coffee, quickly changed and drove the 3 miles to downtown to run with the street lights, its still just way too scary to run on my DARK forrest road!
I had my headlamp to light the way.
I was also very surprised as to how many people are out at that hour. I ran past many couples out on walks.. at 5:00am! cute?
I ran in one direction until the street lights ran out then I turned around. Once I got 3 miles in I ran 4X100 meter strides and jogged the reamainder until I hit 4 miles.
I quickly drove home and managed to shower, dry and straighten my hair, get dressed and leave for work in 25 minutes. Impressive!
Tuesday morning I woke up to darkness, cold and drizzle. alright, I got this. I made some coffee as running without it would be blasphemous. I got dressed and when I stepped outside it was still dark and cold ( in the 40′s) and it was now POURING.. yay.. challenge accepted. It’s been a while since I’ve run in the rain anyway
Headlamp on, I hit the road. I ran out 3 miles and then I did 4×100 meter strides on a flatter part of my route. It poured the entire time, but I felt great I ran home and it was finally getting light out.
Of course, the only time it rained all day was while I was running….
I finished 4 miles in 38:24 with an average pace of 9:35
Sunday morning I had a great 15 mile run. I felt great, I slept great and the weather was perfection! Cool, sunny and beautiful!
I drove to a local trail along the Delaware river, there are trails north and south on the NJ and PA sides. I decided to run north on one side and south along the other after crossing a bridge. It was nice to mix it up as I usually do out and backs on these trails.
I tested out a new pre workout drink that didnt taste amazing but I think I may incorporate it in future runs.
I got my hands on a few salted watermelon Gu’s and gave them a shot. I had half of one every 20 minutes until I had ate 2 packets then I ate a fig newman and finally I opened a package of pink lemonade honey stingers. YUM.
I had to run a section of the road for a few minutes and some reallly old dude on a motorcycle blew me a kiss, It made me laugh. I don’t know if it was my high pony tail, my beauty or my short shorts lol
I felt the distance in the last 4-5 miles but I felt great about continuing to run. I knew I would need to do some serious hip stretches when I finished.
I rocked the 15 miles in 2:27:24 which is about 12 minutes faster then I ran 15 miles last year and it was faster then I ran 14 miles last week!
You reach a new level of dedication when you’re “excited” to wake up at 5 am to run. I have arrived HA
I set my alarm for 5 am and woke up at 4:58… talk about timing. I was shockingly not even that exhaused.
I had plans to run on my road but there are no side walks and street lights and it was DARK. Scary dark. so I changed my plans and drove 2 miles into town where there was plenty of street lights.
I chugged my coffee and I was off.
Running in the dark is totally different. I had my head lamp on and some street lights but its just a different feeling. PLUS it was in the 50′s which was AMAZING!!!!
like my selfie?
I ran 4 miles before 6 am. I finished in 39:45 with an average pace of 9:55
and then I got to watch the sun rise on my 2 minute drive home
Pretty awesome way to start the day. Plus I have had awesome energy all day.. weird!
Thursday morning before work I ran 6 miles. It was humid but not all that hot, I hope that heat wave is GONE until next year! I felt pretty good for most of the run which is nice, I think I am finally breaking through my rut! Hoooorayyyyy.
It straight up looked like fall out there!
I didn’t use any fuel or water on this run and I didn’t really need it BUT I did force myself to have something to “eat” before my run. The thought of food sounded horrible so I drank some Kefir ( a thin yogurt) which is yummy and I did notice and improvement in my energy just from not running on an empty stomach.
I ran 6 miles in about 59 minutes with a 9:52 average pace.
I am testing out a new protein powder to help me on my quest to consume, well, more protein obviously.
I first tried this with almond milk and It was.. horrible. Although it wasn’t my tried and true unsweetened vanilla blue diamond so that might have been part of the problem. I hated it! I tried it was ice cold water as recommended and while the first few sips were absolutely gross, it kind of started growing on me? I am determined to give it a fair shot. I am currently trying to costume it after all or most runs
finally, it was in the 60s when I went on my run at 6:30 this morning
finally, I HAD A GOOD RUN!
After all the crappy runs lately I spoke with my brother in law who’s pretty much specializes in running marathons and I asked him for some advice. He changed my plan around a bit which led me to todays run.
I incorporated some strides in my 3 mile run.
I ran 2 miles and then 4 x 100′ish meter strides and then jogged a little over a half a mile home.
It was really nice to have that break in the run to work on my speed a bit.
It was also nice that it was COOL and I got to watch the sun rise
Here’s to an awesome week in running and an awesome last 10 weeks of training until my SECOND MARATHON
I finished the distance today in 28:08 with an average pace of 9:22
It was dark when i started so I rocked my head lamp
When every run you do for weeks is crappy and just keeps getting crappier…. its SO discouraging! I am at the end of week 7 training to run this marathon and I cant seem to get past this! I have been working HARD on getting enough sleep, eating more protein and less junk and all I get is another run where I feel AWFUL and my pace is so much slower then I know I am capable of. I know part of this is the insane HEAT and HUMIDITY the end of August and early september has brought to us but I think theres more that I can’t figure out. It started before this heat wave but even on he RARE cooler morning I still feel crappy. I am battling some dehydration which I am trying to squash immediately.
Anyone else going through or have gone through this!? I NEED TO GET OUT OF THIS RUT!
Yesterday morning my friend Sarah and I ran 14 horrible miles. We both took a huge hit. I felt pretty great the first 6-7 miles or so. I ran a bit slower hoping not to burn out in the heat. It didn’t work. I was DONE. I even ran off the trail at one point to a highway down the road just to find a gas station to buy water and Gatorade. ALL I could think about was cold water. My camel bak was hot and I was PARCHED. Luckily I didn’t have to go to far out of my way to find it.
I found Sarah and we dumped a lot of that water on our heads and chugged some Gatorade, which was a mistake because I got a stomach ache and cramp. I was just SO thirsty!
I fueled up every 20 minutes which has been working for me.
This flavor was OK.
I had fruit punch sports beans at 20 minutes which taste like starburst jelly beans. YUM
minutes 40-60 and 80 I sucked on the gel above. Then at 100 I ate a fig newman and then my stomach refused to take in anything else. I should have forced it but with the heat I really thought I might throw up
By mile 10 I wanted to lay down and die. I know I can be dramatic but really. I couldn’t even imagine finishing. It was SO HOT and the humidity was like running through a steamer. The last 3 miles I had to do run walk intervals to even continue moving forward.
R O U G H
That picture captures it ALL.
And don’t let this one fool you, we weren’t happy but we were happy it was OVER.
I painstakingly finished this run in 2:36:09 with an average pace of 11:09. crap.
WORST run YET!
I NEED this week and next weekends long run to be BETTER!!!!