I took this run to be a dress rehearsal of sorts, trying everything as if were the race day. Except we weren’t in Denver, and I just hopped on my usual trail.
And I was only going to run 20 miles. But you get the drift!
The Plan: 7 miles solo, out & back initially heading East. I put the tunes on random to enjoy some Lady G, The Temptations, Michael Franti, Britney, etc. I had Go-Fast Juice in my handheld (aka Accelerade), water & Shot BLOKS stuffed in my Camelbak and sunglasses for the eventual light.
D met me at mile 7 (hi!); time to remove the earbuds & zone out with my bike-amigo.
The Fuel: Lemon-lime Shot BLOKS, you never fail me. I will be forever loyal to you.
Mile 7: 1/2 pack of LL blocks. Mile 11: 1 bag of Plain Baked Lays. Yup, they’re back! Salty, crunchy and easy to swallow. Perfect snack. Mile 16: 1/2 pack of LL bloks.
Liquids: Water around every mile after the first few +Go-Fast Juice every other mile for the first half, and as-needed during the second.
The Mentality: Honestly, I had varied expectations. I really wanted another 20, one that went well; I questioned whether it was smart to do another 20; I wondered whether my legs would backfire against this high mileage for the third time in one month.
I started out easy. I allowed myself to play through race goals, soak in what my legs have done for me over the three months, dance to Lady Gaga (how can you not, really), and know if I reallly needed to stop, I would.
…things went better than expected.
The first 7 miles flew by, the next 13 just came easily. D & I talked, laughed and zoomed right along. No nausea, no pains, no fatigue. Another mile down, and I’d wave my hands with the remaining tally.
Mile 18 beeped and I knew I had energy left. 8:59
Mile 19 beeped and I wanted at least one more. 8:52
Mile 20 beeped and we just kept moving. 8:48
Knowing I had to go into work for a few hours put a time deadline in here, otherwise 22 would’ve had a date with me.
21 miles, 3:11:50, avg 9:08
Add 5.2 onto that – I’m ready for it! 🙂
Post-Run Recovery Smoothie (you knew this was coming, it’s a staple!)
1 container Peach Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 banana, sliced
Apple Pie Spice, to taste
Blend blend blend – and top it with some crunch!
Marathon Countdown: 16 days!
Happy weekending, Long Running, Racing and/or Relaxing!