I managed to eat so much during the day yesterday that I didn’t get hungry until 10:45 PM last night. I’m trying not to eat for the sake of eating on long run days because then I end up stuffed and uncomfortable. Instead, I’m re-fueling when I actually feel hungry (within reason, of course. I’m still calorie counting on long-run days to make sure I’m properly re-fueling).
I ended up having soup and pita chips (and some unpictured hummus) while watching TV with the Husband and my brother-in-law:
And some watermelon.
I woke up slowly this morning. I have today off for Labor Day! Yay! Incredibly, I didn’t feel too sore from my 11.0-miler yesterday. My legs felt a little stiff, but my knees were fine. I cannot tell you how excited I am to be doing double digits and not be in pain.
My original plan was to run a slow 5K by myself, so I had a mini bagel with Barney Butter (mini fuel so I could leave ASAP):
….But then I chatted with Megan and Kelly online and they said they wanted to exercise together. We planned to meet up an hour later, so I headed back to the kitchen for more fuel:
And got dressed in a very girlie outfit: 🙂
We met up at Moss Park, which has a hidden natural preserve with dirt trails. I love this park so much and have run a few races here, so it holds a special place in my heart.
We discussed actually running 3.0 miles, but decided that walking would be much, much better for our legs. This prompted a debate on whether walking "counts" towards race training — I think it does as long as it’s at a steady pace (i.e. not walking my really slow dogs). My motto was always been that mileage is mileage, whether you sprint, jog, or walk it. It all counts towards making you stronger!
We ended up hiking for well over an hour!
- Duration: 1 hour, 18 minutes
- Distance: 4.16 miles
We say goodbye, and I raced home to make a veggie-packed lunch. I was starving and craving some very specific foods:
Like corn on the cob:
And roasted potatoes with ketchup and snow peas:
Still Running Without ID?
Sara wrote me to say, "The story of that woman in DC who got hit by a bus while jogging (on a street in my neighborhood where I’ve jogged before) finally got me to order a Road ID. For the next 30 days, anyone can get $1 off their order by using the coupon code ThanksSara537956. Here’s hoping we’ll all wear them but never actually need them!"
Have a wonderful day!
What do you think — does mileage count towards training even if you are walking it?
Since you're engaging the muscles, just with less impact, in my unscientific opinion walking counts for something!
Thanks for the encouragement yesterday- I finished my first race!! It was a lot of fun 🙂