I think my run today was the most difficult run I have ever completed. Seriously, it was so hard. More details later.
First, here is my dinner from last night.
BBQ tempeh, sautéed chard, and sweet potato rounds. That is a pretty big pile of sweet potato rounds but I think it looks even bigger in the photo. Since I have been having stomach issues the last 2 weeks (while running and just on a daily basis), I want to keep track of what works and what doesn’t the night before long runs. This meal worked. I’m happy to say I didn’t have any stomach issues while running today!
I got up 2 hours before I was going to start running (as usual). And ate the usual pre-run snack: half a banana and nut/seed butter. Today I went with sunflower seed butter.
While I was waiting for it to be 8:00am, I started reading the No Meat Athlete Marathon Roadmap. This e-book is a guide to training/running your first marathon as a vegetarian/vegan. This is perfect for me since I’m training for my first marathon and I recently stopped eating meat! I can’t wait to read more of this book.
I packed a marathon chunk and a couple dried apricots. I meant to find something else for a mid run snack but I forgot.
It was around 31 degrees and foggy when I left the house this morning. I thought I should probably wear a little more clothes than I have been since I haven’t run when it has been this cold for a while.
Hat + headband to cover up my ears.
Jacket (that I obviously love since I have worn it on every long run lately).
Long sleeve shirt under my jacket (usually I wear a short sleeve shirt).
Pants (these are thicker than the ones I normally wear).
Defyance shoes (I really don’t like these shoes).
I over dressed. When I got to Alton Baker Park, the sun was out and it didn’t feel as cold as it did at the house. I didn’t wear my gloves. I took my headband off after mile 2. And I was wishing I could take off my long sleeve shirt but that would have been kind of hard to do. Lesson learned (I hope).
I should mention that yesterday I went to my favorite yoga class. It’s a challenging class but I haven’t felt like it usually affects my long runs. But yesterday we did a lot of things that worked the quads. So my legs were a little tired before I even started running. Not a good thing when I needed to run 16 miles!
My legs were feeling pretty tight the entire run. I felt like they didn’t warm up at all and just felt really stiff. I think this is from a combination of yesterday’s yoga class and the Defyance. I felt like my hamstrings were really tight when I wore the Defyance on my 12 mile run. I didn’t feel any of this tightness when I ran 14 miles 2 weeks ago.
I was pretty frustrated. The last 6 miles or so were really hard. I think I stopped 3 or 4 times to stretch. The last 2 miles were a cool down. During these 2 miles I felt like my legs were REALLY heavy. I almost didn’t run the last mile but I really wanted to run 16! I had some left knee pain that I think was due to a tight IT band. It’s my right IT band that usually gives me issues.
8:51 – mile 1
8:32 – mile 2
8:41 – mile 3
8:35 – mile 4
8:44 – mile 5
8:30 – mile 6
8:27 – mile 7
8:26 – mile 8
8:39 – mile 9 —–> ate a marathon chunk
8:27 – mile 10
8:11 – mile 11
8:21 – mile 12
8:16 – mile 13
8:07 – mile 14
9:33 – mile 15
9:56 – mile 16
Summary – 2:18:27 – 16.01 miles – 8:38 average pace
I’m okay with my average pace. I think I ran the 14 mile run too fast and I had intended to run this one slower. But I’m a little worried about how tired I was. How am I going to run 18 miles in two weeks? After looking at my mile splits I noticed my pace jumped around quite a bit. I was planning to run slower for the first 10 miles (9:00 – 8:45 pace) and run hard for miles 11-14. Based on how I felt during this run, I’m wondering if I’m overtraining.
Because my legs were so tired I thought an ice bath might help. I have never done this before. I started with cold water and eventually dumped ice in. I just had ice from the freezer so I don’t think it was as cold as it could have been, but it was still really cold!
Sonny made me oatmeal so I ate that to keep warm! Max is begging for oatmeal in this photo.
With all the ice!
I was afraid to sit down for too long because I thought I would end up unable to get off the couch and be even more sore. So I baked corn bread (to go with the chili I’m currently making for dinner).
Then I ate lunch. This is a high protein lunch! Exactly what I needed after a long run. Left-over tempeh, quinoa, and cashew cheese wrapped up with steamed veggies on the side.
After lunch I made some muffins and then chilled out for a little while. Now I’m making chili for dinner. I’m hoping to get LOTS of sleep tonight so I can recover from this run!