Welcome to Christmas week! Hope you all had a great weekend.
Happy to report that my 20 mile run on Saturday morning went well! It was a sunny but chilly morning, about 30 degrees with the wind. I felt prepared in my layers, including Brooks running tights, long sleeve and Brooks shell, and gloves. I fueled with Honey Stinger chews right before the run and had an entire packet throughout the run, as well as a vanilla bean GU (my new favorite flavor!). I could have taken one more GU, but felt that my nutrition worked well overall. I also ran with my handheld water bottle.
Passing through Boston Common on the long run!
During the run, I listened to podcasts, including “Stuff you missed in history class”, “Serial” podcast episode 2, season 2, and “Runners Connect: Run to the Top” podcast. If you haven’t listened to “Run to the Top”, I’d recommend listening to host Tina Muir’s latest podcast, “Why It Is Important to Welcome the Bad Runs” with Tom Foreman. The episode is incredibly motivating and inspired me to continue to battle the elements by running outside! We spend so much of our day inside yet there are tremendous mental benefits to being outside, surrounded by nature. Check out this NYT article if you’re curious about these benefits.
The long run pace was just under 9 minute miles overall, and I attempted to run marathon pace miles 15-18. I only managed to run MP in 2 of the 5 miles, slightly slower than MP for the others. This was the first time in months that I had pushed to this distance, so I was pretty happy with my performance.
Boston is beautiful!
Five things helped me get through that tough 20 miler:
- I ran the first two miles slowly, as my coaches advised, in order to warm up my legs and get my body acclimated to the cooler temperatures.
- I took in water and fuel often, which helped me maintain a solid energy level throughout the run.
- Instead of feeling sorry for myself for being out there for a few hours and having the perception that everyone else was having more fun, I mentally kept my head in the run and the ultimate goal of running fast in Phoenix. Thinking of how good I would feel finishing the race physically prepared from all of the training kept me motivated. Visualization really works!
- I kept thinking about the fun plans I had later in the day with friends, thought about Christmas, and about an upcoming trip with Mark. Mental distraction of happy thoughts is key!
- Running away from home in a point-to-point course made it more difficult to swing by home and stop!
These are just some of the mental and physical methods that worked for me this weekend. What do you think about when you run a long run?
Saturday night sites: blurry dancing, party desserts (how cute?), and a beautiful Christmas tree!
The rest of the weekend included a holiday party/turned crazy fun dance party at my good friend’s place, catching up on sleep/heading out for an easy hour-long run on Sunday (it was a bit warmer than Saturday!), and finishing up the Christmas shopping. I should be done shopping before Christmas eve this year! Oh yeah, and I saw the new Star Wars movie and it was amazing. I won’t say anything more, just that it was very entertaining and I recommend anyone to see it, even if you aren’t a huge fan!
Love my wine night gals!
Short week at work this week but some intense workouts ahead! Have a happy Monday and catch you soon!
Plans for the week? Upcoming vacations/runcations?
What are some things you think about during a long run?
Anyone else listen to podcasts while running? Any recommendations?