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.
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…
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. 🙂