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