Ugh. This picture sums it up.
I just had the worst run yet of my training. I think the truth it I’m getting burnt out and am just ready for the race itself to be here. Two week from today… come onnnnnn March 26.
Let’s rewind a bit. I started the day with some oats, my new pre-run fuel of choice. I made it in the classiest way I know how – in the microwave.
1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup water, salt, and a banana in the mix. I’ve been trying to make sure to eat some salt before my runs because I’m a super salty sweater. But more on that later.
Off I went all geared up and the day was actually perfect running weather. The first few miles went by pretty good and I ate some lemon-lime sports beans around mile 5. After that, it went downhill. Physically I felt totally fine, but mentally I was having a really rough time wanting to finish the run. I let myself walk a little bit, which I hate to do because for me, it sours the rest of the run. If I take a walking break, I just want to walk for the rest of the time rather than start running again. Case in point, after that small walking break, it was terrible. I forced myself to get to 9 miles, and then I walk/ran the last two, mostly walked. I was trying to go fast but all I wanted was for the run to be over, and then finally, it was.
- Mile 1: 9:07
- Mile 2: 9:40
- Mile 3: 9:41
- Mile 4: 9:45
- Mile 5: 10:23 (including .1 mile walking break)
- Mile 6: 9:58
- Mile 7: 9:45
- Mile 8: 10:09 (struggling)
- Mile 9: 10:09 (struggling)
- Mile 10: 11:13 (walk/run)
- Mile 11: 11:02 (walk/run)
So the good part about all this is I finished the 11 miles even though I really didn’t want to. Also, I did it in 1 hour 50 minutes 51 seconds, which is an average of a 10:05 pace. My first half marathon was a 10:21 pace, so even if I mentally struggle as bad on race day (which I hope I don’t!) I can still PR in the half.
Another good thing was I had a smoothie waiting for me when I got in from my run, which made me force a smile.
Can you tell how much I don’t mean that?
Have you ever tried freezing a smoothie before? You mix all the ingredients together in a blender, pour it in a bowl, and then ltierally place it in the freezer for a few hours. The texture of the smoothie turns slushy/sorbet-esque and is SO delicious to eat with a spoon.
In the mix:
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 medium banana
- handful of frozen strawberries
- handful of frozen pineapple
- vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup peanut flour turned into PB by adding 2 tbsp water and some salt(16 grams protein!)
You know how I mentioned above how salty of a sweater I am? A lot of times on my long runs, I literally have salt crusted on my face afterwards. Don’t look at this picture if you’re eating…
See that around my nose?? SALT! Gross. I’ve been trying to eat salt before and after my runs to replenish because of this little issue.
On with the weekend!
Have you ever had a bad run in training? How do you recover?
And, what’s your favorite post run or post workout snack or meal?