The Run of Truth

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
    • Bananas
    • 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!

49 Comments on The Run of Truth

  1. Mb
    September 23, 2011 at 8:43 am (8 years ago)

    What a great strategy (breaking up your run). I’ll be trying this in the future.

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:54 am (8 years ago)

      It seriously helped SO MUCH in tackling the run. I’m thinking about doing 3 6 mile loops for my 18 miler because I feel like that will make it easier mentally!

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  2. Mary
    September 23, 2011 at 9:03 am (8 years ago)

    That is an AWESOME run, Beth! That’s a very motivating recap!

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:54 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Mary! I was surprised how much easier it made it to tackle that long run on the treadmill.

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  3. Linda
    September 23, 2011 at 9:04 am (8 years ago)

    This is off topic, but I got the new issue of Fitness in the mail yesterday; you looked great in the piece they did on you!

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:55 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Linda! I plan to write about that soon but I’m so behind on everything… =)

      I love the big picture, but think the small one is a little awkward. And I’m also not of a fan of the opening line because that wasn’t my nickname in high school, it was something one mean kid said to me one time…

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:55 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Hilary!

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  4. Sara
    September 23, 2011 at 9:23 am (8 years ago)

    Wow! That’s amazing! AND on a work trip! Great job!!! I’m so impressed!

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:56 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Sara! Luckily Saturday morning was the one morning where I didn’t have to be in until 9:15, so I took advantage of that to knock it out of the way. This weekend will make it more challenging to get the long run in…

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  5. HD
    September 23, 2011 at 9:24 am (8 years ago)

    Wow! That is impressive! WAY TO GO! Nice job on sticking with your training plan, I can only imagine how hard it was.

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:56 am (8 years ago)

      I’ll tell you – it was more tempting to skip it, but once it was over I was so proud of myself and that totally made it worth it!

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  6. Liz
    September 23, 2011 at 9:28 am (8 years ago)

    I’m so proud of you!!! If you can do 16 on a treadmill, you have the mental stamina to do anything you put your mind to. Way to go Beth! I can’t wait to cheer you on at MCM 🙂

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:56 am (8 years ago)

      Aww thanks Liz. You are so sweet! I’m definitely going to take you up on the crowd support.. =)

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  7. Heather @ Dietitian on the Run
    September 23, 2011 at 9:32 am (8 years ago)

    I’m so impressed that you did this on a treadmill! I’d much rather get soaked in the rain than run in place for that long – but to each their own! Whatever way you get the miles in, it works 😉

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:57 am (8 years ago)

      I don’t mind running in the rain too much either, but the weather was COLD and all i had were running capris and a tank – there was no way I would come out of that run outside without being sick!

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  8. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    September 23, 2011 at 9:33 am (8 years ago)

    Oh man… I’ve done a 9 and 10-miler on the treadmill before. They’re KILLER. So yes- way to go with the 16! My hat is off to you… fo sho!

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:57 am (8 years ago)

      I never in a million years thought I’d be saying 16 miles wasn’t so bad, especially on the treadmill…. weird.

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  9. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    September 23, 2011 at 9:35 am (8 years ago)

    Great job Beth!!!!! I knew you could do it. I like how you broke it up on the treadmill, it is so much ‘easier’ to tackle that way.

    What I hate about hotels — the air seems so dry there! I end up with a stuffy nose (or a bloody nose!) and my skin feels so dry.

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:58 am (8 years ago)

      Yes! The dry air is definitely another very annoying factor. That must be why I’m so stuffy… too bad I’m back to a hotel again starting tonight!

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  10. Cait @ beyond bananas
    September 23, 2011 at 9:39 am (8 years ago)

    16 miles on the treadmill?? You are amazing! I can imagine how awesome that must have felt! Love the leg sweat. I get it all the time! And welcome to the wonderful world of sun butter!

    I miss my kitchen and stove when I am traceling!

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:58 am (8 years ago)

      I feel like I haven’t cooked in SOOOOOOOO long. I can’t wait to get back to it next week!

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  11. cristina
    September 23, 2011 at 9:44 am (8 years ago)

    That is beyond amazing that you did 16 miles inside!!! Way to go!!!!!! Question about the ice bath…I’ve been reading a ton about them, but everyone I read who does them is training for a full marathon. Do you know if it’s necessary or would you recommend for a 1/2 marathon? In your opinion, how many miles warrant a n ice bath?

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 9:59 am (8 years ago)

      Hi Cristina- Based on my experience I think it could be good for anyone recovering from a long run, no matter how many miles that long run is! When I was training for my half, I was often sore after the long runs, whether they were 6 or 10 miles. That said, it’s a little annoying to put it all together with the ice and such so you just have to decide if it’s worth it. If you don’t mind putting it together, I would highly recommend you try it! It made such a difference in soreness!

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  12. My Blonde Moments
    September 23, 2011 at 10:00 am (8 years ago)

    Way to go with that run!!! And while you are travelling no less. That’s major dedication.

    My biggest peeve when travelling is not having my own pillow. I hate using hotel pillows, but sometimes bringing my own is just not an option.

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 10:04 am (8 years ago)

      Ohhh good one! My own bed is definitely something i majorly miss… too bad I only got it for 2 nights between trips!

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  13. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    September 23, 2011 at 10:02 am (8 years ago)

    Nice run! And great strategy to break it up into segments like that! The furthest I’ve ever gone on a treadmill is 6 miles…I can’t even imagine going 16 with my level of ADD! Haha!

    I hate it when you’re staying at a nice hotel and they don’t offer a free continental breakfast…or they try to get away with prepackage danishes. I mean c’mon, I’m paying good money to stay here, the least you could do is feed me a decent meal!

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    • Beth
      September 23, 2011 at 10:04 am (8 years ago)

      Breakfast wasn’t included in our stay at all even though it was a Westin! That said, we had a staff breakfast every day so it wasn’t so bad, plus there was a Starbucks and Einstein Bagel Bros right outside our meeting rooms, so it wasn’t hard to get something. I totally agree though – give me free breakfast for paying to stay here!!!

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  14. MaryBeth
    September 23, 2011 at 10:19 am (8 years ago)

    YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION!

    (I will be going on a run after work today, I was debating it, but I think this has given me the inspiration I need!…. I just wont be going 16 miles though! Ha! Great job!)

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  15. Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 23, 2011 at 10:27 am (8 years ago)

    I always ask for a mini fridge at a hotel. I have medication that needs to be refrigerated so I use it for both and easy chilled water. Plus I can buy hummus to go with my chips. 🙂

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  16. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    September 23, 2011 at 11:00 am (8 years ago)

    That is an impressive treadmill run, Beth! I can’t even imagine knocking out that distance! You’re going to rock that marathon. 🙂

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  17. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    September 23, 2011 at 11:10 am (8 years ago)

    So… this morning I was sitting on the metro reading Fitness magazine when I turned the page and almost peed my pants. You look fantastic!! It was so awesome to read your story in Fitness. Congratulations again!

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  18. Jenny
    September 23, 2011 at 11:18 am (8 years ago)

    Beth that’s awesome! The longest I’ve done is 10 miles on the treadmill but the idea of breaking the run into segments and incorporating time to run to the bathroom and refuel is a great one. I will definitely try this idea out!

    For ice baths, I fill the tub with ice cold water and add ice. Before I get in, I make a hot drink (coffee, tea, etc) and start sipping right before the bath and then throughout. It makes it more bearable. I love ice baths for recovery, they make a huge difference.

    Great job on eating healthy and running while traveling!

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  19. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt
    September 23, 2011 at 11:20 am (8 years ago)

    Nice work! That sweat is the sign of how hard you worked. You earned it hardcore!

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  20. Roz
    September 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Beth!!! wow…way to go on the workout and the healthy eating in the hotel! I hate the hotels that charge you extra for internet. I can go to the coffee shop in the lobby and use their wifi for nothing….but can’t sit on my bed and use my laptop without paying? Other than that, I love hotels. Seems like a treat!!! (I guess I don’t sleep in hotels often, because I can only imagine how tiring it must get to be away from home alot!) Take care!!

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  21. Dani
    September 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm (8 years ago)

    Go you!! So awesome that you did it on a treadmill on a work trip!

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  22. Christy K
    September 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm (8 years ago)

    So I opened my issue of Fitness and was thumbing through it, when who did I see, but Beth! Congrats on the recognition and all that you have accomplished!

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  23. Maria
    September 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm (8 years ago)

    Beth! You are such a rockstar/inspiration!

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  24. Lorinda @ Waisting Away
    September 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm (8 years ago)

    Congrats on the run! I’m so glad it went well for you and moved you past scary #16!

    Haven’t tried an ice bath myself, it always seems so hard core…glad it was so helpful.

    Keep on rockin’ the long runs!

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  25. Sabah
    September 24, 2011 at 11:24 am (8 years ago)

    How do you not get dizzy on the treadmill after running for that long?! I’ve been having treadmill induced vertigo…not fun 🙁

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  26. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    September 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm (8 years ago)

    You amaze me. 16 on the treadmill???!!!! I suffered with ten. It is definitely a more mental game though.

    And ice baths do work wonders. They didn’t seem AS terrible as I expected either. Although today’s was rough since it was colder than normal outside.

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  27. Vickie
    September 25, 2011 at 8:23 am (8 years ago)

    I love my brita and when I’m on the go or out of town I bring my brita water bottle. It is awesome!!!

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  28. Theodora
    September 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm (8 years ago)

    good job! Glad it went well.

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  29. Kelly @ No Thanks to Cake
    September 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm (8 years ago)

    You are SUCH a rockstar! Congrats on your run!

    BTW… Saw your fab article in Fitness mag last night…. you go girl!

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  30. Anna
    September 26, 2011 at 7:43 am (8 years ago)

    Wow! I have a hard time staying focused for 30 minutes on a treadmill. That’s amazing!

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  31. sue
    February 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm (7 years ago)

    I can’t find the Arnold Mini Sand Thins anymore — I live in Florida. WHERE HAVE YOU FOUND THEM?????
    Thanks! Sue

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    • Beth
      February 12, 2013 at 9:35 am (7 years ago)

      Hi Sue! I haven’t found them in ages either. They might have been discontinued! 🙁

      Reply

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