A Good Run

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!!

What are you doing to be active this weekend?

23 Comments on A Good Run

  1. Kathy @ newlywedindc
    August 13, 2011 at 10:21 am (9 years ago)

    Way to be steadfast in the face of adversity! 🙂 Seriously, you encountered a lot of Murphy’s Law this morning and I’m impressed that you pressed on, anyway.

    When you run with a group, do you chat to other people or zone out on your ipod? I ask because you said you brought your ipod. I’ve never done a group run because I like to go at my own pace and I’d be nervous about finding others with my same pace. Also, I never talk when I run (obv, since I’m alone) and I figure it would slow my pace down…

    Anyway, this morning to be active I did 10 miles (along the mall and rock creek) and the weather was perfect. Happy Saturday!

    • Beth
      August 13, 2011 at 10:32 am (9 years ago)

      Hi Kathy! I’ve only ever done a group run once before, and my friend Vera did it with me so we did talk a bit. I actually kind of prefer to run alone because I also don’t like to talk, but it is nice to be with people who are running the same distance with you so you can commiserate after. Congrats on your 10 miles – it was the perfect day for an outside run!

      • Kathy @ newlywedindc
        August 13, 2011 at 10:42 am (9 years ago)

        Thanks for replying! One of these days I’ll take the plunge and try a group run.

      • Theodora
        August 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm (9 years ago)

        Well, I plan on chatting your ear off at the HLS run.

        Also, good job!!!

        • Beth
          August 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm (9 years ago)

          I’m really good at listening… 😉

  2. Katie
    August 13, 2011 at 10:30 am (9 years ago)

    Awesome run! I would have let all the little things that went wrong this morning get to me but you let it just fuel your great run! I was waiting to see if your car got towed, though ;-). I rode my bike 10 miles this morning and am doing a sprint TRI tomorrow 😀

    • Beth
      August 13, 2011 at 10:34 am (9 years ago)

      Ha somehow it didn’t get towed! I left that out above but it was a little risky.

      Good luck tomorrow!!!!!

  3. Kathi
    August 13, 2011 at 10:46 am (9 years ago)

    Beth I just had to tell you I ran my very first 5K this morning. I have been fighting cold but I was determined I was going to run the race under the weather or not. I did it! I am running on high right now. It was tough but I never gave up. I finished the race in 32:38 not bad for my first race. Thanks for all the inspiration to do this.

    • Beth
      August 13, 2011 at 10:53 am (9 years ago)

      CONGRATULATIONS Kathi!!!!!!!!! “Not bad” isn’t the right word – Amazing is! Seriously, you should be so proud of yourself. Be careful though, the race bug tends to bite pretty hard quickly. =)

  4. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    August 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm (9 years ago)

    Group runs are SO COOL – and look at that pace you held! Nice work.

    I’m staying active by doing an Olympic Tri in a hilly area of Virginia (today) and doing 55 miles of biking in California (tomorrow). It seemed like a good idea when I decided to do it.

    • Beth
      August 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm (9 years ago)

      Wow. You win!

  5. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    August 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm (9 years ago)

    Beth you should be SO incredibly proud of yourself. You hit so many mental roadblocks today but you didn’t give it!! You’ve really impacted me with this post. I allow myself to be mentally defeated ALL the time! Congratulations on your run today.

    • Beth
      August 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm (9 years ago)

      Aww thank you! It’s so easy to get distracted and let those little things get the best of you, but I just rolled with it and it turned out to be my best long run to date!

  6. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    August 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow, way to push through a ton of barriers to get out there and run! I don’t know if I could have made it through all of them to pull off a good run. You have such a good attitude 🙂
    I really like running with a group but ran by myself this weekend because of the weather. My group goes out on Sunday mornings and I knew today’s weather was going to be stormy so yesterday I ran to Old Town from Arlington. It was nice to have it done on Saturday!

    • Beth
      August 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm (9 years ago)

      I have started loving the Saturday long run. It’s so awesome to get it out of the way first thing on the weekend. I’m trying to implement a Friday night movie night if you’re interested, so I still do something but it doesn’t involved alcohol and ends early!

      • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
        August 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm (9 years ago)

        Definitely interested! I’m a big fan of keeping Friday nights low key. 🙂

  7. Jen@foodfamilyfitness
    August 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm (9 years ago)

    Great job!!! I hate when so many things go wrong before the sun comes up!

  8. Dee
    August 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm (9 years ago)

    I did 7 miles (for the first time!) on Sunday, and so this morning I read about your very long run, and especially how you fueled it, with great interest. I started having a hard time and thought I might not finish around 5 miles; I plugged through but now I think having something like a gu might have helped me out. Based on my sluggish 7 I am slightly scared about the upcoming 8 miles I have scheduled; so hopefully having a Vanilla Bean gu on hand will give me courage!

    • Beth
      August 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm (9 years ago)

      Hi Dee! They say your body naturally stores enough for 60-75 minutes of exercise, so if I’m doing anything 6 miles or more, I do try to fuel. I usually take a GU around the 5-5.5 mile mark, because you want to refuel BEFORE you start to feel tired. If I was doing 7 miles, I’d probably have a GU around 4-4.5 miles, and for anything over 10 miles I fuel at least twice during the run!

  9. Jennifer
    August 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve experienced this before, where everything seems to go wrong, and then somehow, the run goes so well! Glad you had a good one!

  10. Shaquita
    August 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm (9 years ago)

    I have never seen a blog that motivates me as much as this one. I can’t wait until I am at this level with my running. I am going to try to get up and move everyday. I know its important to listen to my body but I felt so much better when I would run at 0530 for 30 mins a day. The goal is to get this to 1 hour before the end of the year.


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