They aren’t kidding when they say running is largely mental. Today’s run could have really gone in a different direction, but I kept a positive attitude the whole time and just took it slow and steady and it turned out to be one of my best long runs.
The plan was to run with the Capital Hill Running Club since they were doing 11.8 today and I had 12 on my schedule. I checked their website and the run was set to start at 6:30am, so I set my alarm for 5:30am and woke up in a haze. It was one of those omg what is that sound wake ups while my body registered that it was my alarm and time ot get up. I immediately turned on all the lights which helped, and then got into my running gear which I had laid out last night.
I made a quick breakfast, and hit potential roadblock number one – all out of nutbutter, except for a really old jar of almond butter where the oil and the butter part were visibly separated. It’s always my go-to pre run fuel, so I sucked it up and basically crumbled a tablespoon over two toasted waffles. Then I realized I was out of bananas too, so I just sucked it up and forced the waffles down.
After digesting a bit, I tried to pep myself up but was SO tired.
I left at about 6:10am, and I couldn’t get out of my garage. Every exit that I normally take was closed off, so I had to go to a few different levels before I could finally escape. I had left myself some extra time, so I just remained calm and headed over. When I got to the start area, every single parking spot was taken, and it was already 6:25 or so. I drove around a bit and then I found an apartment parking lot and just parked there with the risk of being towed so I wouldn’t be late.
I grabbed my Camelbak, Spibelt with 2 GUs, ipod, and keys, and headed to the start. When I got there, everyone was gone! There was one lady there who I asked, and it turns out the runs now leave at 6:00am instead of 6:30am, so I missed the group. Argh. I told myself it would be OK, I’d just do the same route and zone out with my music. I went to put my headphones in and realized that my ipod wasn’t attached to them… Rather than freak out, I just decided to head out and enjoy the sound of my feet hitting the pavement.
After I set out, I realized the weather was PERFECT. I set out to run the same trail as the group was going, but took a wrong turn and ended up in Rock Creek Park. I just decided to go with it and turn around at the 6.0 mile mark, but I got to the end of the trail and had only gone 4.5. I ended up turning around and then at 5.0, 6.0, and 7.0 miles, I looped back and ran extra to make up the difference. I am the type of person where I can’t get back to the start and have another three miles to go – I just won’t do it.
In the end, I finished the 12.0 miles feeling pretty awesome. There were even still some people from the group hanging around when I finished, so I got some gatorade and talked to the organizer and now am aware that despite what the website says, they will be leaving at 6:00am every Saturday. Their 16, 14, 18, and 21 mile runs correspond with my schedule, so I’m looking forward to doing those long runs with a group rather than solo.
The final stats:
- Distance: 12.0 Miles
- Time: 2hr3m51s
- Avg. Pace: 10:19min/mile
- Pace Range: 10:02 – 10:36
- Calories burned: 1440
I took two GUs during the run, one at the 5.5 mile mark, and one at 9.25ish. The first one was Pineapple flavor and made me gag, and the second one was my beloved Vanilla Bean. I’m going to go ahead and order a case of the Vanilla Bean today because I haven’t been digging the other flavors I’ve been trying and I’m going to need a lot of GU leading up to the marathon.
After I got home, I immediately made a protein packed smoothie:
1 cup fortified soy milk (9 g protein), 1/3 cup greek yogurt (7g protein), frozen blueberries and frozen pineapple. It was definitely missing a banana, but a smoothie was all I could think about!
I’m off to soak in a bath for a while and then see where today takes me! Happy Saturday!!