Previous marathon training long runs:
After crashing and burning when I attempted to run 11.0 miles in the heat yesterday (I got to 6.4), I decided to wake up extra early today and try again.
My alarm went off around 6:30 and I was out of the door by 7:15. Before I left, I had an almond butter sandwich with 1/2 serving of Banana Soft Serve. The combo of warm + cold was so delicious! Definitely try this.
I ran 0.75 miles to a parking lot and met up with Michelle. Having a friend to run with AND being in the shade made such a difference. I was a little sore from running 6.4 miles yesterday, so I tried to keep a moderate pace and not push myself up the hills.
Michelle and I said goodbye around mile 7.5 and I continued along my merry way. I took a packet of Hammer Gel (banana flavor â€“ eck!) and the glucose seemed to hit my bloodstream instantly, making me nauseous. I need to remember to eat each packet slowly, not all at once!
Ran by the house around 8.0 and refilled my water bottleâ€¦ I drank three full bottles today! Itâ€™s so hot out there, even early in the morning.
Like my tech tee? :) Itâ€™s from Girls on the Runâ€™s Solemates program! I received my welcome package in the mail the other day, and the goodies are great (but within reason for a non-profit, which I really appreciate). The tech tee is SPF 30 and fits nicely.
Have you heard about the Solemates program? Itâ€™s a great way for busy people to get involved with the Girls on the Run charity, which teaches tween girls to run a 5K while building self-confidence and other social skills. If youâ€™re too swamped to be a coach, you can be a Solemate. As a Solemate, you run ANY race and raise $262 in the process. The fundraising goes towards funding two girlsâ€™ participation in the awesome program. If you want to make your race about something bigger than your own efforts but donâ€™t want to commit to raising a lot of money (some charities require thousands of $$!), Solemates is perfect! If you sign up, tell them Healthy Tipping Point/Operation Beautiful sent you!
Iâ€™m a Solemate for my upcoming marathon and I LOVE IT. So cool that my fundraising helps two young girls!
Back to my runâ€¦
I started to feel really good around Mile 9, but my attitude took a nosedive around 10.5. The last 0.5 mile seemed to go on FOREVER! But I finished it. 🙂 Thatâ€™s all that counts.
- Distance: 11.0 miles
- Duration: 1:51:09
- Mile 1: 9:56
- Mile 2: 9:39
- Mile 3: 9:52
- Mile 4: 9:48
- Mile 5: 10:11
- Mile 6: 9:56
- Mile 7: 11:46 <â€”walking breaks with Michelle
- Mile 8: 10:28
- Mile 9: 9:54
- Mile 10: 9:59
- Mile 11: 9:41
Came home and ate leftover Chinese food. Tofu, veggies, and rice is the ultimate post-long run recovery meal! 🙂
Chinese food at 10 AMâ€¦ because thatâ€™s how I roll. 🙂
Have a great day!
Oh, andâ€¦ Since the response to the Change the Way You See, Not the Way You Look Week was so overwhelming, I decided to extend it for an extra day. Here are the last bunch of submissions â€“ thanks to everyone who participated!
- Samantha: Turning Points: Learning to Love What I’ve Got
- Laura: Finding MY Healthy Balance
- Jennifer: How healthy eating and running boosted my confidence!
- Erin: True Friends Show Me My True Self
- Melissa: How comparing myself to others made me forget that I’m already beautiful!
- Katie: Embracing My Own Awesomeness
- Candice: Finding Beauty in my Imperfections
- Freya: Body Hate and How To Overcome It
- Sarah: Making Small Steps Towards Celebrating Yourself, As You Are
- Lea: Live Strong, Stay Strong
- Jan: The deep desire to take care of my health changed my mirror’s reflection
- Sarah: Being Strong in Both Body and Mind
- Dez: A Chubby Girls Nightmare: "But you have such a pretty face!â€
- Lisa: Follow Your Dreams For Good Health
- Megan: How Learning to Take a Compliment Changed My Outlook
- Jackie: You Are What Makes You Beautiful
- Angie: Weighs in on Negative Self Talk
- Kimberly: Pregnancy Taught Me To Honor My Body
- Alexa: You Are Beautiful!
- Wendy: Raising Two Girls
- Marilou: How I won my fight against the mirror
- Jen: Running Makes Me Feel Free
- Kimberly: Pregnancy Taught Me To Honor My Body
- Errign: Finding Contentment in Myself
- Andrea: How losing control meant gaining balance
- Kristin: Letting go of the girl that use to be, embracing the beauty of who I am today!
- Samantha: Learning that beauty and value are intrinsic, not numerical
- Kaitlin: How Changing Mindsets Changed Everything
- Maggie: I am Strong and Fragile and Unique
- Kiersten: Learning to Love My Body- One Part at a Time
- Lindsey: Embrace Yourself Today
- Monica: Going From a Food Diet to a Positive Thinking Binge
- Robyn: How Running Made Me See My Body In a Whole New Light
- Catie: A Challenge That Everyone Is Capable Of Doing
- Kristina: Running Gave Me Confidence
- Jaclyn: How Coaching Has Allowed Me to Help Young Girls… and Myself
- Laura: Changing Perspectives: Skinny to Healthy
- Katie: My Physical Weight Loss Meant Nothing Until a Psychological Weight Was Lifted
- Sana: How Seeing my Real Face Made Me Feel Beautiful
- Heather: I Learned to Love Myself After 14 Years of Disordered Eating
- Heather: How changing the way I saw helped me embrace true health
- Andrea: Making peace with being myself
- Amber: I’m not perfect, but I’m worth it!
- Caitlin: How Running Gave Me Confidence
- Michelle: Size is Temporary, Feeling Good is Forever
- Melissa: How I’m learning to just be me and not a number on a scale
- Michelle: Stop the Fat Talk and Love Yourself
- Ali: A new mom’s perspective on sharing the message
- Clare: Remembering a Love of Food and Goodbye to Anorexia
- Rebecca: Operation Beautiful–> Operation Rebecca?!
- Janna: Positive Affirmations Can Set You Free