Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mental block.

I'm sure I'm not the only person who has the 'long runs are on weekends, and weekends only' belief. I'd get all grouchy if I had to do more than 3 miles on a weekday because I felt like I didn't have enough hours to get it done... and long runs just feel like an undertaking because there's fuel and water and bodyglide etc etc. Well hopefully yesterday's run can put that to rest. The weather was absolutely glorious, mid-70's, and I was home a little earlier than I usually am. I got myself in gear and was out the door, sans plan.

I was also sans fuel. Here's what I ended up doing:

10:09:200:09:1919:20
20:09:250:09:2319:25
30:09:350:09:3119:35
40:09:350:09:3319:35
50:09:370:09:3719:37
60:09:540:09:5219:54
70:10:190:10:13110:19
80:05:110:05:110.510:25


Hey, look at that! guess I probably should have taken some sort of fuel before mile 5 (48 minutes into running.. that middle column is 'moving time'... what constitutes not moving time?). I didn't take any fuel with me because I didn't really know how long I'd go out.. lesson learned. I probably could have gone another half mile if I had had something to eat.

Anyways, I'm really pleased that I did this long run, since I didn't do it this weekend, and I'm also pleased that I did it on a weekday... and nothing terrible happened! The only big downside is that my stomach was terribly upset and I ate an ok amount of dinner, but certainly not as much as I probably needed (Garmin says I burned 906 calories... thanks, Garmin!). I'll focus on eating extra today so I'm not sore later. I just feel oh-so-happy because not only was it a nice long distance, but I was pretty quick (for me) and I feel like I'm capable of more distance all of a sudden. I hope that wasn't a fluke just because I hadn't run since last Wednesday.

Today I'm gonna crank out a couple miles then maybe go for a bike ride. I don't want to overstress my legs, or give them too much of a break since I did take 3 days completely off. We shall see. The weather is GLORIOUS this week, have to take advantage of it.

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