Thoughts On Running Long And Strong

Today’s Happy Note: I’m officially in love with my creative writing class — the people, the teacher, and the materials are all great.  It’s about Lyric Essays.  Today we reviewed one of my pieces.  It is a piece I am tremendously proud of — it sort of encapsulates the last three or four months of my life.  I feel like a lot of times with writing, my best work comes out of nowhere.  I start putting words on the page without knowing where I’m going and then all of the sudden there are pages full of words and ideas and I have no idea where they came from.

I will always be writing. Always always always.

Marathon Training: I was supposed to get in my second 20 miler (read the recap of the first 20 miler here) on Sunday, then do a rest day yesterday, then a speed work day today.  Unfortunately, the LSAT sucked the life force out of me on Saturday.  I didn’t wake up until 3:00 on Sunday.  Yeah, long run wasn’t gonna happen.  Especially since I needed to see USB. 🙂

I took Sunday as a complete and total rest day. Yesterday I had yoga class (it’s not really vinyasa-style so we always just hold a bunch of random poses for a long time; this is actually kind of nice because it increases the stretching factor) and did 6 miles.

I was determined to get in my 20 miles today and I did! It meant getting up at 6:00 which is insanely early for me.  But I did it.  I wanted to run it at about an 11:00 minutes/mile pace.  I was almost exactly on target!  I finished just over 3:40,  which would put me just over 11:00 minute miles.   BUT I stopped for water bottle refills several times, along with some stretch/walk breaks.  I used some leftover pear cider mixed with water for some sugars instead of plain water.  I liked the idea in theory, but cider does not taste good while running.  You would think that would be obvious, but my groggy self thought it was a great idea.  I think for future long runs and the marathon I will do watered-down gatorade.  I also took about ten small dates along with me to eat (they’re really mini).  They tasted really dry and I had to force them on.  I find it so hard to establish an effective fueling plan for long runs.

Anyone have any ideas?

I am also torn about walk breaks.  I can’t decide if they make me faster or slow me down.  I don’t have any kind of ethical problem with them — I think they can be a great tool for runners — but I just can’t seem to figure out if they work for me.  I took maybe four or five today, one every four-ish miles.  They felt good, but I also felt like it would have been less disruptive to just run continuously?

I had a lot of joint pain on the run.  Grrrrr.  Especially afterwards — I actually found it pretty difficult to walk today.  My muscles feel great — worn out but still strong — but the damn joints hurt.  I notice it in my hips and sacrum a lot during longer runs and I honestly don’t know what it means.  Sometimes it is worse than others.  It isn’t bad enough to necessitate stopping training, but I know that I will take a break from running after the big day.  I feel like a good anti-inflammatory would help, but you can never take anti-inflammatories with blood-thinners.  Also grrrr.

That was a lot of running talk!  Phew.

Today’s eats:

After many long-runs worth of experimentation, I am quite confident that the only thing I can safely eat before one is a banana.  Many other runners eat full on breakfasts beforehand, but that would never work for me.  So bananas it is.

I got back and had 20 minutes to shower, edit a paper, and get to class.  Crap.  Not to mention eating.  I felt a little queasy so just decided to sip on gatorade during class.  Afterwards it was noon and I was ready to eat!

I had the weirdest craving for Chinese noodle soup.  So that’s what I had.  Long runs have taught me to always listen to my body!

The salty broth was perfect.  I had all the soup (minus some of the chicken, which I am saving for later) and about half the noodles.

About an hour later I had a cinnamon raisin bagel with walnut raisin cream cheese.

Late afternoon snack of pb pretzels and trail mix.

Dinner was light and refreshing — I don’t have a huge appetite on long run days much of the time.  Don’t worry, my hunger will be back tomorrow! 🙂  This was a smoothie with vanilla soy milk, lots of ice, vanilla hemp/whey protein, a banana, and half an avocado.  Topped with a crumbled granola bar and sesame almonds.  I had another serving or so of the almonds while “cooking.”

The marathon is officially less than a month away!  I am getting a bit nervous, but also very excited.  New York is supposed to be a very fun course with tons of spectators/cheerleaders.   Any readers/bloggers running and want to meetup?  I’ll probably plan something closer to race day!

Alright, time to go call my mom and USB.  Separately, though.  That would be weird if I was calling them at the same time…

Goodnight dearies!

Update: I just had the most delicious, satisfying snack I have ever had in my entire life.  Two eggs scrambled in earth balance with babybel light cheese (x2) and maple turkey and salt.  I was craving salt, fat, and protein like nothing else — I literally felt like I would collapse if I didn’t have some!  I am now munching a big apple. 🙂


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 00:25:22

    your last paragraph and snack sounds like me when i was in early pregnancy. i wanted protein, fat, and salt. the total opposite of me usually!

    20 miles. my god. I have done it before but dont have any plans to do it again 🙂

    you are one tough cookie Caronae!

    oh and the disowned before age 21 comment to me..LMAO. You’re almost there anyway as you said 🙂


  2. Kate
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 07:27:32

    i have been craving pho something fierce lately. seeing it in your post has left me wanting it super badly. i must get some soon!

    thanks for the great info on calcium. i never would have thought this would be so complex. sigh.


  3. Cindy
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 10:52:38

    gosh I don’t know why I think I have anything relevent to offer because I just signed up for my first 5K…no where near a marathon…but
    something that I have started doing is adding a sploosh of honey to my water.

    natural sugars, just a tsp or so. or of course coconut water. it seems to keep me going.

    also I eat crystallized ginger after I workout. I quit recently and started having a lot of post run pain…so I am starting again to see if it helps with inflammation.

    20 miles IS amazing, as is a marathon. I have no ideas anymore how far I will get, and I am not trying to set myself up for disappointment. I am just enjoying the journey right now. I’ve run 6 miles at my farthest and at 40 I am super thrilled with that (plus trying to fit in running with parenting and a full time job is not easy).

    oh…yoga helps me but I think you said you do that too.
    well enough of my rambling! I am just in awe how you ladies run so far!
    it’s inspiring!


    • caronae
      Oct 13, 2010 @ 11:22:52

      Unfortunately, I despise coconut water, but I’ll have to try the crystallized ginger. Does dark-chocolate covered ginger count? Hehe. 🙂


  4. Kelly
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 11:50:56

    I’m not super hungry the day of my long runs either but my body makes up for it the next few days. Salty foods is always a must as well.


  5. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 13:22:00

    I can see it being hard to determine the best way to fuel for such intense workouts. I would have no clue where to even begin!


  6. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 19:47:49

    I get really tight hips too, and I’ve talked to my dad about it and he just said to incorporate more cross-training. Running is stressful on your joints as well as repetitive, so apparently using the elliptical or even the treadmill just forces your body to move in a slightly different way.

    I’m hungrier the day after a long run too!! Though it seems for some reason I’m always the hungriest on my rest days- weird.

    Hope you’re having a great week!


  7. Bec
    Oct 14, 2010 @ 14:14:10

    I am usually not that hungry after my long runs either so I just try to eat a normal amount (but thats hard too sometimes) but the next few days I am always starving!


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