Saturday morning required some convincing; my running shoes were staring at me, and my motivation was sitting in my cup of coffee & thinking a relaxed morning sounded better.
Wrong, motivation. We have to take advantage of the sunshine!
We have 11 miles to run, right now.
I underestimated the 50* morning; a little too much coffee and not quite enough water is not a recipe for success. Surprise! Bringing a Camelbak full of water is; too bad my mind didn’t think of that.
The first 9 miles were a breeze. My legs found their “easy” pace, without any remnant of the ITB issue (whew), and stayed right between 8:30-8:40. High-five for consistency! My twisted route didn’t keep me as entertained as I had hoped (RBs needed!), but I reached my last turn-around and got ready for the last 2.5 miles home.
Never doubt hydration; I was ready to ask a passing cyclist (or all of them) for a sip, and the river water wasn’t looking too bad (gross), and I envied every runner on the trail who was more prepared (i.e. had water) than I.
The Waffle Shop saved me; I ran in (at mile 10) needing water NOW. I filled a cup with half lemonade (shh) & half water to save my blood sugar & hydrate. SUCCESS!
I don’t recommend getting to the point where its necessary to stop into a local breakfast shop and ask for a cup of water. I DO recommend stopping if you need to, because it will make all the difference to listen to what those muscles are asking for!
11.10 miles, 1:36 & Alive
On warm days, my favorite recovery food is Greek Yogurt! With a good Protein:Carbohydrate ratio, it’s ideal for those tired muscle fibers. Thanks to Chobani, for sending me a pack of their newest flavors!
Black Cherry Chobani
1/4 c Kashi (extra protein + carbs!)
This combination will not disappoint the taste buds, DOTR approved!
Did your weekend include a dose of sweat?