As you may have guessed from this morning’s post on surviving long runs, I did a long run today!
I am running the National Half Marathon in Washington DC at the end of March, and today was my first double digit run since I ran a marathon in October. I was a little nervous, but also excited. I really love long runs – the way they feel during and after, too.
Plus, the weather was gorgeous earlier – not too hot, a little windy. I started to sweat after a mile (and I was rockin’ a sleeveless shirt!). My aim was to maintain a steady pace that was a little slower than my goal pace (I hope to run a sub-2:00 hour Half or MAYBE a 1:55).
Around Mile 4.0, I stopped off at the store to grab fuel:
I was tempted by this $1 beer though… Heh. Can you imagine? I knew a guy who drank a beer at Mile 24 of a marathon (he vomited his way across the finish line). I know it’s not a good idea; however, it did sound REALLY refreshing. Maybe later!
Here are my splits:
- Distance: 10.0 miles
- Duration: 1:38:10
- Mile 1: 9:38
- Mile 2: 9:36
- Mile 3: 9:42
- Mile 4: 9:47
- Mile 5: 10:01
- Mile 6: 10:06
- Mile 7: 9:32 <— glucose from the Gatorade kickin’ in!
- Mile 8: 9:59
- Mile 9: 10:00
- Mile 10: 9:47
I cannot imagine running another 3.1 miles in the space of 17 minutes! But hopefully, I’ll be able to do it under race conditions.
Pre-run breakfast was a Grilled Banana Sandwich:
And afterwards, I made this incredibly easy bowl of pasta. Would you believe this whole thing took 4 minutes after the water started to boil?
I cooked Somen noodles (Japanese whole wheat, very thin), drained, put back in the pot, added white bean and basil hummus, added some tomatoes, chickpeas, and spinach, and gave it a good stir. Tada! Creamy vegan pasta. Topped with sunflower seeds.
I had about 1.5 servings of pasta in the bowl. I’m sure my hunger is going to kick in strong after such a hard workout, but it usually takes a few hours to catch up with me.
Psst – This morning, a producer of a major morning talk show (can’t say which one, but it’s cool!) contacted me and asked me to put a call out on my blog. Are you overweight or obese according to BMI charts and been denied health insurance because of your weight… despite the fact that you live a healthy lifestyle? If so, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You could be on TV!
Off to Girls on the Run! 🙂