Today’s Happy Note: Completing the third longest run of my life!
(photo credit goes to Ada)
So. Today. (Hint: “Veinte Tres” means 23 in Spanish):
I have eaten multiple pumpkin smoothies.
I have spent most of the day in bed (but wait! Some of it was productive because I was cuddling with USB!)
My hips and ilio sacrum are not happy with me.
I have a headache. And I have to pee.
BUT most importantly I FINISHED. More accurately, WE finished. Yup, I had a special friend to do this run with!
Seriously, this run would not have happened (or I would have wimped out by mile ten) without the lovely Miss Ada. She was a lifesaver. I always forget how nice it is to run with someone. We chatted, motivated each other, and just generally collaborated. It was spectacular! She even knew a really fun route that I have never done before: we went down the West Side of Manhattan, along the Hudson, around South Street Seaport, back up the East Side to the Brooklyn Bridge. We then crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn then came right back into Manhattan on the Manhattan Bridge (such creative names, really genius). Then we continued up the East River to the Williamsburg, crossed that into Brooklyn and continued North in Brooklyn towards the Pulaski Bridge. We crossed the Pulaski into Queens, ran to the Queensboro Bridge, and made it back into Manhattan. We then followed E 61 street to Central Park and headed Northwest to West 72nd. We ended at 72 and Broadway.
Total: 23 miles.
Time: About 4.5 hours (we did a few breaks)
That description probably makes no sense if you don’t live in NYC. You can get a rough idea of the layout of the bridges and the boroughs from this map:
One of the best things about this run was that a lot of it followed the route for the NYC marathon (which is officially less than three weeks away!!!!). So now I feel like I have more of an idea of what to expect in the outer Boroughs. Yay!
Overall, I was really happy with this run. I had already run 46 miles this week so my legs were pretty tired (I ended up with 69 miles — easily the highest weekly mileage of my life). And you know what? They still performed. They still worked. They were sore in some parts and creaky in others, but they carried me through. Thank you, legs.
The last five or so miles were tough, but not undoable. They could have been much, much worse. I am right on track to make my goal of covering the whole 26.2 in just under 4:30. 🙂
I think I did a good job listening to my body in terms of food today. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. And most of it was pretty clean, delicious, simple food. Some of today’s epic eats (FYI: this is most definitely not everything I ate!):
I ate toast with PB and banana (I have discovered I can eat a small amount of PB before running) before starting. I ate one package of shot blocks during the run and two diluted gatorades (bought one during the run).
I find myself insanely thirsty during long runs — like, I drink five or six bottles of water thirsty. Is this weird?
This cheddar and spinach panini was FREE. And it was tasty. A winning snack, in my book.
Many of these (leftover cookies!) were consumed.
I made a delicious dinner for USB and I. The above was for both of us. I am very poor and only own one plate. I know, sad.
I cooked salmon with peanut/maple/ginger sauce, roasted cauliflower, and steamed delicata squash topped with cinnamon and avocado. It was all really good but I only wanted a few bites — most of the avocado, some cauliflower, some salmon. I have leftovers.
USB is 29 years old and has NO idea how to cook. It’s kind of cute, actually. I’m teaching him. He is a very good learner and is quite useful in the kitchen!
I saved room for dessert a few hours later though. This was a pumpkin/peanut butter/banana smoothie topped with more PB, chocolate chips, and a crumbled cookie. It was epic. That is all.
Lots of exciting things on the horizon this week:
-How I Eat Post
-Something involving bacon, I suspect (I have been craving it obsessively lately)
School is pretty light this week, which will be a nice break.
See you all tomorrow night! Thanks for being in my life, bloggies. 🙂