Good morning! So sorry for the delay â€“ I was running. :) Before I left, I had PB toast:
And then I slathered sunscreen all over myself because I had read a post about skin cancer on Oh She Glows. I have been really bad about sunscreen on my long runs. In the past, Iâ€™ve been religious about using it, but I keep forgetting lately. Itâ€™s a bad habit I must break!
I wanted to do 5.0 miles as fast I could. Iâ€™m working hard to regain some of my old speed, and longer â€œshortâ€ runs like todayâ€™s are perfect for building back my base.
I aimed to maintain a 9:15-mile pace until the last 0.4 mile, when I simply sprinted my little heart out. When I try to run fast for a long distance, I strive to disconnect my mind from my body. It seems weird, but if I think too much about what Iâ€™m doing, I freak out and back off the speed. I usually chant a mantra in my head to help lull myself into a happy disconnect. 🙂
Here are my statistics:
- Duration: 45:54
- Distance: 5.0 miles
- Mile 1: 9:17
- Mile 2: 9:00
- Mile 3: 9:19
- Mile 4: 9:26
- Mile 5: 8:51 (yay)
And then I came home and ate exactly what I was craving:
An everything bagel with cream cheese + an orange:
Being Healthy on Vacation
A few of you have asked how our Christmas-time trip to England will affect my Marathon Training. Luckily, my marathon is on January 10, so the 10 days I am in England are actually a taper period.
My training plan calls for 5 days of running while weâ€™re in England. The longest distance I have to do is 5.0 miles. Iâ€™m concerned about running in the cold, but Iâ€™ll live.
I worked out or ran 5 out of the 10 days I was on my honeymoon and clocked about 20 miles, if I remember correctly.
Iâ€™ve also gotten a few questions about eating on vacation. This will be my first vacation as a vegetarian, and I am a little nervous. Nutrition is very important in the weeks leading up to the marathon, and I hope I can find enough healthy vegetarian meals while abroad. Iâ€™m sure it wonâ€™t be an issue in London, but it may be when we go to the countryside.
Do you workout on vacation? If itâ€™s a short trip, I usually wonâ€™t. But, I actually really love to run on vacation because its an excellent way to see a city!