Happy Monday, runners and readers-
Back at it again! I hope that everyone enjoyed their week and managed to stay warm, dry, and positive despite all of the gloomy weather. This past week was a busy one for me, and for the first time since I began training (and probably ever), I felt as though running was a nice way to take care of myself.
Running is something that I have felt pretty insecure about through the years. Until I was able to run one mile without feeling totally overwhelmed, I would not even consider running with another human. I would actually try and avoid running anywhere that I thought would bring me within proximity to familiar people and places. I think that I was embarrassed of my running shape and fearful that I would not be able to fulfill the planned distance. Somewhere along the road, things changed dramatically; now I have a hard time running alone! This buddy-running has kept to the realm of friends and acquaintances and has been a fun and healthy way to spend time with people who I care for.
Now, until last week, I had successfully dodged any type of buddy-running that could be considered “date like”. In the spirit of taking risks and putting myself out there, I agreed to a nighttime run around the town with a new, cool dude in my world. Don’t worry Mom, I let people know where I was in case things went sour.
But, it went great!
We did a five-mile loop that went from the O.N.E. –> North Ave –> Burlington High School/campground –> bike path –> up College Street. I moved at a pace similar to that of honey making its way out of the jar, but he stuck with me. We chatted the whole way, and he was pretty jazzed to show me this route. Side note- has anyone seen the traffic cones up in the trees by the dog park on the bike path? Way cool at night.
After the five-miler, I had an uncomfortable case of the Itchy Butt Syndrome. Talk about a nice end to a hot date. What is that about? Why does it happen? Can it be prevented?
Itchy behind aside, this Thursday night run was a success.
Confession: I have skipped out on one of my mid-week runs (one 4-miler, two 3-milers) for the past three weeks. Any training tips from busy folks out there? I know that I need to get my act together and get all of my runs in, but shoot, it’s hard. I would have hit the 100-mile mark had I kept up with the schedule. Oh well, next week it is!
In an effort to be a bit more planful, on Friday I looked into the weather forcast for the weekend to try and figure out what day would make the most sense for my long run of the week. I was able to wrangle my friend Jameson into running most (7.7) of the ten miles with me on Saturday, and was so thankful to have him there. I picked him up at Oakledge after three solo miles, and we continued in reverse fashion on the Thursday evening route.
I typically do not hit my stride until around mile three, making the miles pre-Jameson pretty grueling. I talked myself through about nine different ways I could sabatoge the run and not have to do the whole thing. Upon realizing that I was being outrageous, I sucked it up and pushed through. Things became much more manageable- enjoyable, even- after picking up my good friend.
After the long haul, I decided to skip out on my Greek yogurt smoothie and instead went with a glass of Lemon-Lime nuun and half of an avocado with a little bit of salt. It sure felt right, but is this an okay post-run snack? About twenty minutes later, I ate the other half of the avocado and some chicken that I had made the night before. No tummy grumbling this week!
Next week’s long training run tapers to seven miles. I think I’ll start incorporating some type of “food” into the experience the following week when I push for 12. It seems to me that a lot of the “goo” type concoctions come in peculiar flavors and shapes. Margarita cubes? Espresso-flavored goo? Jelly beans? I wonder if my stomach and I will be able to get down with fueling while running. What are some things that have worked for folks on long runs? Is it unheard of to bypass all of this stuff and stick with plain old food?
The topic of this upcoming week’s Marathon 101 is nutrition, and it’s coming at the perfect time. I’ll be sure to report back with any goodies I pick up.
I’ll close out this post with a quote from Jacqueline Gareau that lives on the inside cover of my runjournal:
“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy. It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed”
Thanks for reading!
Respect your body & have a great week,