One thing that I always try to do on business trips is make a little trip to the grocery store. It helps so much to have a few things in your room that you can use for backup, and if you’re in a major/minor city, there’s usually one that’s fairly easy to get to. I didn’t have a fridge this time, but managed to pick up some good, nonperishable loot:
- Sunbutter (first time ever trying it – LOVE!)
- Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal (make with water from the coffee maker)
- Asian Pears
- Mini Sandwich thins (!!!)
- Snackwells PB bars
I’d never seen the mini sandwich thins – how cute are they!?
(1 pt+ for one and 3 pts+ for 2 if you’re curious!)
These goods especially came in handy because Saturday morning I had a 16 miler on my schedule. I shared that I’d been swaying on my mental stamina for the marathon lately, so this run was extremely crucial.
I laid out all my gear on Friday night:
And woke up Saturday with weather in the mid 40s (at 5am, but still!) with a misty rain. As tempting as it sounded to run outside in that (with only the warmer weather gear I brought with me), I realized there was only one thing that was going to help me get my long run in:
Yes, the treadmill.
I’ve done one other long run on the treadmill – ten miles – and while not ideal, it gets the job done. I started with some pre-run fuel:
2 mini sandwich thins with sunflower seed butter and a banana – yum. Plus, a side of coffee.
It was 5:00am after all.
I decided that the only way I was going to be able to tackle the run was by dividing it up into segments, which actually was pretty easy since the treadmill only goes up to 60 minutes. I knocked out 6 miles for the first segment in just under an hour:
And felt pretty good. I got off, used the bathroom, had a GU, and then hopped back on for the next segment. I wanted to try to do another 6 miles, so the last one would only be 4, but I was struggling a little bit mentally so I stopped at 5.25 miles for part two.
I hopped off, had another GU, got some water, and then hopped right back on, which took some convincing. The last part was HARD. It was much more mentally challenging than anything, but I ended up slowing down a bit and telling myself I just had to finish it. I kept repeating “You can do this” “You got this” to myself in my head over and over, and you know what? I did!
6 + 5.25 + 4.75 = 16 miles!!!!!!!!!!!!
I could barely believe it, after the previous weekend’s long run. I was SOOOOOOO sweaty – check it out:
That is salty sweat on my knee (slash all down my leg) – nasty!! None the less, I was thrilled.
A personal distance record by 2 miles. I couldn’t believe it.
I also had another first that day…
An ice bath! I ended up using the trash can in the room and filled it three times with ice from the hotel, and then sat it in for about 10 minutes (with my workout pants still on!). It actually wasn’t THAT bad, and I’ll be honest – it made a huuuuuuuge difference! Even though I had to be on my feet for the rest of the day that day and the next, I was barely sore. I think another ice bath is in order for the rest of my long runs – only TWO left before the marathon!!!!
What’s your biggest pet peeve when you’re staying in a hotel or the thing you miss the most?
For me, it’s definitely not having cold water! I rely heavily on my Brita when I’m at home or at work, and I hate that I have to buy bottled if I want it cold/don’t want to drink tap water. Argh!