What an amazing weekend for running/racing, yes?
The weather here in NYC finally cooled down, and Saturday was picture perfect for my long run – 20 miles was on the schedule but I really wanted to run this one by feel and take it kinda easy after last weekend’s experience.
I set out bright and early as usual, and after the first few miles I warmed up and felt great. I ran this one entirely on my own and without any sort of music, and it was a great time to get my thoughts together about a whole ‘lotta things that have been on my mind.
So, 20.5 miles in 3:12:00, with an average pace of 9:20/mile – right about where I wanted to be.
This run really gave me some much-needed confidence for the big 26.2 (ahh – a little more than a month away!)- I finished strong and could have definitely kept going. Hooray!
What made this run a success? Here are my thoughts:
- Positive thinking – I went into the run excited and happy, not dreading it and just wanting it to be over
- Weather – 60 degrees when I began and just beautiful
- Fuel – pre-run I had a banana, some salt and a few sips of Gatorade; during the run I had about 16 oz. Gatorade and a little bit of water with one Clif Shot Blok at about mile 15; post-run I immediately refueled with some peanut butter, pretzels, salt and more Gatorade
- Immodium – I took one of these before I headed out and experienced no intestinal problems during the entire run (woohoo!). This was amazing, and yes, TMI.
- Post-run ice bath – these are so, so helpful in speeding up recovery after a hard run. I take them as soon as I get home after stretching (the peanut butter and pretzels mentioned above were enjoyed whilst in the tub – multitasking at its finest…)
After a shower, I refueled more completely with my usual cereal, blueberries and almond milk before running off to Whole Foods for some groceries.
Another snack soon followed – warm caramelized figs, walnuts, raw oats and Greek yogurt
This is becoming my new favorite combo – SO GOOD.
The runner’s high definitely carried me through a long day of studying nutritional biochemistry – the first test is on Tuesday and I’m a bit nervous!
I parked myself at Starbucks for several hours and enjoyed some vanilla rooibos tea
Followed by some sea salt and vinegar pop chips (mmm)
Might I just add that the tea was caffeine free? And I had NO caffeine whatsoever on Saturday?
Pat on back.
Dinner was simple – I’ve been craving grilled cheese for some reason, so I whipped up a little something with a multigrain bagel and some TJ’s Light Brie cheese
I had no idea how this was going to turn out, but how back could it be?
Bagel – goood. brie – goooood. Warm and toasty on a fry pan – goooood. (hehe, this is a slight reference to the Friends episode with Joey and the trifle, if you get it, then you are awesome…)
I spread the Brie out onto the bagel
Spread some Smart Balance on the outside of the bagel (this is key!) and mashed it onto the fry pan with some random zucchini and eggplant
It took maybe about 8 minutes to get all melty and delicious.
I also got some veg in with a salad of arugula, carrots, cauliflower and green bell pepper with a simple balsamic/olive oil dressing
Although a bit unconventional, this may be my new favorite post-long run dinner! It really hit the spot and filled me up.
Sunday was an easy 4.85 mile recovery run on the very crisp (53 degrees!) bridle path, followed by laundry, cleaning, much more studying and some baking/cooking – stay tuned for a few recipes this week!
I hit about 53 miles for the week (I do a Monday-Sunday schedule), and I’m feelin’ pretty good – training deets can be found here if you’re interested!
Question: Favorite grilled cheese combo? Or, how did your long run or race go this weekend?