a girl who ran a very soggy, but successful 21 miles. Well, that's pretty much the story, but scroll on for the pictures.
Got back to the neighborhood and decided to make the mileage an even 21 for good measure. And it didn't even hurt that bad!
The stats: me, one very happy runner. Average Pace: 8:22
A jam packed Green Monster was in order!
Tart cherries on top to aid in recovery. Granola because it tastes good and makes a crunch.
Pumpkin bread, which I found the recipe for here. No cream cheese filling in mine.
Okay, there's a little more to the story, so here goes.
As for the run, I have to say it was one of my best runs. I'm so relieved it was better than last week's rough 18. Last night when I went to bed after coming home from a wine bar, I wasn't so confident the run would go as planned, aka I was a bit dehydrated. I popped an ibuprofen and chugged some water.
This morning I felt fine, ate my breakfast and went on my merry way. I realized that over time, I've finally found the right combination that works for my body. And that is key, my friends. Do what works and makes your body and mind happy.
What works for me?
-Eating bkfst 1 hr before heading out
-Carrying hand held water bottle filled w/ half Gatorade and half water
-Sipping from that water bottle approx. every 15 min
-Munching on something real but easy to eat (Larabar)
-And something sugary (Shot Bloks)
-Eating these goodies approx at the 1.5 hr, 2 hr and 2.5 hr marks
-Choosing a route you enjoy before you start
-ice/cool bath afterward
-refuel w/ some protein and carbs immediately
-POSITIVE mental attitude (this one might rule over all others)
While the entire run wasn't sunshine and teddy bears, I noticed things that bugged me and then let it go. Sure my long sleeve made me a little warmer than I'd prefer, and yes my legs were about 75% fatigued from the first step, but I was doing my LAST 20 mile training run AND I was running a route that had not failed me in the past. I only hope that my attitude and body feels just as strong today as it will on Oct. 10, 2010!
What works for YOU?