Happy Saturday! I just wanted to pop in to say that I finally feel back on track with marathon training, and it feels so good! I was struggling since I missed last weekend’s long run, but after setting some mini goals last week, I got back on track with a 5 miler on Wednesday and then a 45 minute (4.63 miles) tempo run on Thursday. I took yesterday off, and then today… I did TEN miles!
It was my first double digit run since my half marathon back in March, so I was a little nervous about it all week. My plan was to get to bed really early last night, but that didn’t actually pan out and I slept in until 10am!! I HATE having long runs hanging over my head all weekend, so I decided to suck it up and did the 10 miles ON THE TREADMILL!!
Before today, the farthest I’d ever run on a treadmill was 6 or 7 miles. Mine only goes up to 60 minutes (about 6 miles for me), so I don’t like to go much further than that unless something crazy comes up. Running outside in the mid 80 degree very humid weather just wasn’t doing it for me, so I decided to just power through on the treadmill.
Before I went to the gym, I ate banana sandwiches stuffed with 1 tbsp reduced fat peanut butter, plus a big glass of water.
I also brought a GU and some Watermelon Sports beans with me for fuel while running, plus of course more water.
I ended up breaking it into two segments, since I knew I’d have to start the treadmill again after 60 minutes. For the first go, I did 5.5 miles in 54:48. It went something like this:
- Mile 1: 5.8 mph (10:20 pace)
- Mile 2: 5.9 mph (10:10 pace)
- Mile 3: 6.0 mph (10:00 pace)
- Mile 4: 6.1 mph (9:49 pace)
- Mile 5: 6.2 mph (9:40 pace)
- Mile 5-5.5: 6.3 mph (9:31 pace)
After the first 5.5 miles, I used the bathroom, refilled my water bottle, and ate the GU (which was just OK flavor-wise). I ate most of the watermelon beans during the second half of the run – and they were also just OK flavor-wise. When I got back to running, it went something like this:
- Mile 5.5-6: 6.3 mph (9:31 pace)
- Mile 7: 5.5 mph (10:40 pace)
- Mile 8: 6.0 mph (10:00 pace)
- Mile 9: 6.2 mph (9:40 pace)
- Mile 10: 6.3 mph (9:31 pace)
Total: 10.0 miles, 1hr,39min,56sec (9:59 pace)
It actually wasn’t THAT bad. Since I changed the speed every mile, I focused on one mile segments, and that really helped me get through it and made it seem more manageable than looking at the whole ten miles together. Now, I don’t think I’ll be doing long runs on the treadmill unless absolutely necessary, but it was less terrible than I thought it would be.
After the run, I refueled with a green smoothie:
1.5 cups skim milk, 1 frozen banana, frozen strawberries, and a large handful of spinach. So refreshing. I also made a Mexican Egg Scramble:
With 2 eggs, 1/4 cup black beans, 1 oz reduced fat shredded mexican cheese, salsa, and chopped cilantro. YUM.
And now, off to a crab feast! =)