Best One Yet

I woke up today to a vivid dream where I had gone out to run 9 miles, and while the run itself was good, towards the end I was running through grass and looked down and realized I didn’t have any shoes on, and also didn’t have the keys to my apartment. Another random thing I remember was that I didn’t fuel at all during the run, but I somehow made it to the end, even if I couldn’t get into my apartment afterwards.

As soon as I opened my eyes today, I had nine miles on the brain, and not just because of the dream. I am going to the Shenandoah Valley this weekend with a bunch of friends, so I decided to use some of my comp time from San Antonio to take the day off to get ready to go and get my long run out of the way.

I started with my usual pre-run breakfast of a sandwich thin with banana and peanut butter:

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Plus coffee and a bottle of water. I got myself dressed pretty quickly after eating, making sure not to forget my shoes or my keys:

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My mentality going into this run was really different and I need to make an effort to use it more consistently. The last time I attempted a long run, I fell at just past the half way point and had to have a friend come scoop me and drive me home. When I started that run, my goal was to get it over with. With this run, I wanted to just enjoy it, and that I did. I put no time pressure on myself because I had a lot of flexibility in that department with taking the day off from work, and that worked out great.

    • Mile 1: 7:36 (ummm I’m not sure how this one happened)
    • Mile 2: 9:52
    • Mile 3: 9:44
    • Mile 4: 9:47
    • Mile 5: 9:48

Around the 50 minute or 5.3 mile mark, I took a Vanilla Bean GU (my favorite – tastes like frosting to me!) and stopped very briefly to buy a bottle of water from a street vendor, which I chugged on the go.

    • Mile 6: 8:54
    • Mile 7: 9:38
    • Mile 8: 10:31 (big hill)
    • Mile 9: 10:08 (tired)

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    • Total Distance: 9.0 miles
    • Total Time: 1:25:57
    • Average Pace: 9:33

I’m not gonna lie… the last .25 miles was tough because I was definitely ready for the run to be over, but I felt the best I’ve felt in a LONG time during this run! So then I decided to take this goofy picture of myself:

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And now, time to eat and pack for my weekend away!

11 Comments on Best One Yet

  1. Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic
    February 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm (9 years ago)

    Wohoo! Sounds like a fantastic run. I’m glad this one went so much better. I love your enjoy it attitude. I really need to have more of that attitude with my workouts.

  2. Lauren
    February 10, 2012 at 8:12 pm (9 years ago)

    I just love when a good run amounts!!

  3. Tina @ Best Body Fitness
    February 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm (9 years ago)

    Awesome run! And I’m just now realizing I forgot to buy more gu before my long run tomorrow. Hope the sports beans I still have from a race sample forever ago do the trick.

  4. Lisa @ experiencelifewithme
    February 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm (9 years ago)

    Vanilla Bean Gu is my favorite, too! Followed closely by chocolate.

    Great job on the run!

  5. Hilary
    February 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm (9 years ago)

    Nicely done! Enjoy your weekend! 😉

    • Hilary
      February 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm (9 years ago)

      P.S…..I had a dream that I lost 20 pounds in a week last week….sadly that one did not come true :(.

  6. Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt
    February 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm (9 years ago)

    Yummy looking pre-run breakfast! I am out of bananas right now and don’t if fiqure that’s all i’m craving.

  7. Erika - The Teenage Taste
    February 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm (9 years ago)

    Congrats on a fabulous run, Beth! I love that feeling of being “in the zone” while running!

  8. Life's a Bowl
    February 14, 2012 at 11:30 am (9 years ago)

    I’ve been loving any and all bfasts that combine banana & PB lately! I recently started buying bags of day old bananas at the grocery store and cutting them up and freezing them- great addition to cereal, oats, or ice cream 🙂


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