Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Yesterday all day I was preoccupied with how my long run didn't go on Sunday. I even woke up in the middle of the night Sunday night and couldn't go back to sleep because I was thinking about it! I usually am off on Mondays, but I decided I had to try to do something yesterday afternoon to make up for the craptasticness of Sunday. Thank you all for your sweet and encouraging comments yesterday, you were all right! Bad runs definitely make the good ones all that much better :)

So after work I set out to do 12 miles at around 6 PM, perfect because of daylight savings time! And...the run went great!! I actually ending up cutting a few corners so it only came out to be 11.38, but that was fine by me because as it was, I was finishing up my run (through the not so nice areas) in the dark. Plus I really didn't want to push myself as I was pretty sore from the weekend.

I felt fab the entire run, and only started to get tired around mile 10. While I was running, I was thinking and realized that this was the longest run I have completed (without walking) since before I went to the wedding! No wonder I was having trouble with 17 miles.

Here are my totals and split times:
Time: 01:59:48
Distance: 11.38 mi
Elevation Gain: 1,760 ft
Total Calories: 1,293 C

Avg Pace: 10:31 min/mi
Best Pace: 07:34 min/mi

Total Time
Total Distance
Elevation Gain
Elevation Loss
Average Speed
Max Speed
100:09:56 1.00 110 60 09:56 08:23
200:10:00 1.00 84 68 10:00 08:41
300:10:08 1.00 235 248 10:08 08:19
400:10:19 1.00 137 196 10:19 07:34
500:10:36 1.00 177 55 10:36 09:52
600:10:29 1.00 148 49 10:29 09:24
700:10:32 1.00 101 166 10:32 09:40
800:11:09 1.00 166 126 11:09 09:34
900:10:56 1.00 32 151 10:56 09:53
1000:11:05 1.00 150 151 11:05 09:25
1100:10:50 1.00 344 364 10:50 08:03
1200:03:42 0.38 77 69 09:50 08:17

So my goals for this week (and most every week until taper time) are simple: to increase my mileage on my weekday runs. I just don't think I have been logging enough miles during the week to sustain my weekend long runs. I haven't figured out my schedule yet for this week, but I will let you know as soon as I do!

OH, I forgot to mention that I tried Yoga for Runners from YogaDownload.com on Sunday. Loved it! It was also nice because I did it around sunset out on our balcony, and I already told you how nice of a day it was on Sunday. I definitely think that helped me out yesterday, as well as drinking a TON of water throughout the day (about 64+ ounces). I will try to do it again tonight to stretch out, possibly download a new one too.

Monday's Dinner:

I didn't eat too much yesterday and was starving while I was out on my run. But when I got home--yeah, not so much. But I knew I needed to eat something to refuel me. I made Matt some Salmon baked in aluminum foil with onions and peppers, a baked potato, and some Steamfresh Southwestern Rice.

For me, I steamed up some Salmon with dill and garlic, nuked a Sweet Potato and added some Smart Balance Light butter, and had a small bowl of grapes. I finished it all but it took me a while! I absolutely love steamed fish. If you haven't tried it yet, you should!

I didn't get a picture of the sweet potato, but you all know what those look like. :) By the time that was ready, I was so dog tired all I could do was sit on the couch and spoon it into my mouth...but I actually haven't had a sweet potato baked like that, ever, so it was a pretty good treat. Usually I make baked fries out of them. This was much easier! (I actually used to hate sweet potatoes as a kid, one of the only foods I wouldn't eat! Never ate the casseroles at holidays...now I love them!)

This morning
I am STUFFED from my oatmeal!

This time I added: About 1/3 cup oats, about 1/4 cup Vanilla Soy Milk Light, a dash of water, 1/2 scoop Soy Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 spoonful of Publix Chunky Natural PB, 1/2 banana (I ate the rest..), some pumpkin spice, Greek Honey, and some blueberries. Delish. I have some plums I want to start adding, but they're not quite ripe enough yet.

Today I think I will not be running. Instead I am going to do some yoga, ice my knees & shins, and study a bit. I am also going to make some Acorn Squash Risotto! I don't really have a recipe so hopefully it will turn out okay.

Wise Words From My Nana...
I was gchatting with my Nana this morning (yep, she's that hip) and I was telling her how worried I was about the race, and I will leave you with her sage advice:

The best way to predict your future is to create it!


  1. SO glad to hear that the run went well!! I have my first long run this weekend after that not-so-hot one a couple weeks ago. I'm going to take your grandmother's advice when I head out there for 18 miles!

  2. I am so glad your run went well! Great job!! Your Salmon looked so yummy, I will have to try that recipe! Love the advice your grandma gave you, it's so true!!

  3. Nana's a smart lady.

    Great job on the run! I was trying to find the reference that had me picking up my weekly mileage, but I can't find it. Something about how your long run can't be more than 50% (I think) of your total weekly mileage.