Hope everyone had a good weekend! As a follow-up to my last post, I’m happy to report that during Saturday’s ~18.75 miler there were no GI issues to speak of. I felt great, actually!
It was gorgeous and cool out at 6:10 a.m., and I started the run with a quick half loop in Central Park and over to Riverside Park, and then returned to Central Park (about ~8.5 miles) to meet up with Megan to finish up the run with about 10 more miles. The miles flew by and we chatted until I headed home and Megan went on to finish up her 19 planned for the day. Hooray!
When I got home from the run, I refueled with my new favorite post-run treat – PB & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams straight from the jar.
There was just enough left for a few large scoopfuls, and I would have totally licked the jar if I could have. 🙂
The rest of the day involved rehydrating, compression sock wearing, relaxing, enjoying the sunshine, and a trip to NY Running Co. for something I’ve been lusting over for a while – the new Garmin 110!
And a new pink foam roller, which is amazing!
Foam rolling has been essential during my marathon training so far – it really helps keeps reduce tightness in the legs, especially my IT band, which I want to keep as happy as possible.
Some good refueling was necessary, and thank goodness for my dependable Whole Foods pizza – I always crave this after long runs. This time, I gussied it up with a mini Japanese eggplant and organic heirloom tomato purchased at the Union Square Greenmarket, as well as some broccoli, grape tomatoes and zucchini.
Per usual, I snacked on a salad while the pizza baked. This one had greens, orange and green pepper also bought at the Greenmarket, and some grape tomatoes.
The flavor in the heirloom tomato was insane on the pizza – so fresh and delicious.
After I ate, post-long run exhaustion set in and I started feelin’ not so great – marathon training is no joke!
I decided to raise my running dork flag high and settled down with a great documentary called Spirit of the Marathon.
The film follows a variety of runners training for the 2005 Chicago Marathon (including Deena Kastor, who ended up winning), and documents their ups and downs with a little marathon history thrown in throughout. If you want to be inspired, I highly suggest it!
Of course, the movie was enjoyed with a gigantic bowl of Greek yog, more PB & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter (a new jar!) and some Peanut Butter Pows cereal.
Sunday morning I enjoyed 5.1 recovery miles along the bridle path, and the Garmin worked like a charm! I have no idea how I’ve gone so long without one – yay for new running toys!
The usual day-after-a-long-run ravenous hunger didn’t really kick in yesterday, which was odd! I tried to ignore the heat outside (yuck – so over it) and roasted some beets to have with some baked flounder and corn on the cob for dinner.
Beets are so sweet and delicious – and full of antioxidants! I roast them simply, by peeling…
Wrapping up in tinfoil with a little olive oil, s & p, and throwing them in the oven (425°) for about an hour.
The fish is prepped just as simply, with just a little olive oil and some dried herbs. Flounder is a pretty thin fish, so it only takes about 15 – 20 mins in the oven at 425°.
And voila! So delicious, despite the fact that I was severely sweating by the time I was done cooking 🙂
So, I think I’ve come to the point in training where I worry about every niggle, ache and pain turning into an injury (waaahh!) – my shin has been feelin’ a little achy so I played it extra safe and cross trained at the gym this morning with about an hour of spin bike/elliptical and some lifting.
If all goes well, Tuesday will be a tempo day – can’t wait to use the Garmin on this one!
Question: What are your favorite running toys?