Thanks for all your sweet comments about my new haircut. :) You all made me feel so nice. But I was a little confounded by my bangs when it came time to coach for Girls on the Run. I ended up using a hair clip to pin them up and back. I think I need to get myself to Target and pick up a bunch of new hair fubbies and thingies!
Pre-GOTR snack was a homemade granola bar:
And after the lesson, I came home, dropped off all my gear, filled my water bottle up with Gatorade, and immediately left for my long run. I was afraid if I hung out too long at home, I would never leave again!
Itâ€™s strange for me to do my long runs alone because Iâ€™m used to having a training buddy. So I put some new music on my playlist and tried to zone out. I also ran a new out-and-back route that kept my interest up.
I say that todayâ€™s run was a â€œlong elevenâ€ because the last 2.5 miles felt so, so, so drawn out. I had to remind myself around Mile 9.0 that Iâ€™ve run the distance (and more) before, I was not going to die (contrary to how my legs felt), and it would be over in approximately 20 minutes.
Itâ€™s so helpful to think back on all of your other runs â€“ even if youâ€™re doing a new distance â€“ and think about how youâ€™ve felt better and maybe even felt worse in comparison. Draw on those experiences! I really get a lot of strength from remembering all my past racing.
Hereâ€™s my stats:
- Distance: 11.0 miles
- Duration: 1:46:02
- Average: 9:38
- Mile 1: 9:38
- Mile 2: 9:20
- Mile 3: 9:28
- Mile 4: 9:34
- Mile 5: 9:35
- Mile 6: 9:44
- Mile 7: 9:44
- Mile 8: 9:33
- Mile 9: 10:00 <â€”getting angst-y
- Mile 10: 9:58
- Mile 11: 9:22
Post-run protein smoothie that was PACKED with good stuff:
In the blender:
- Almond milk
- 2 scoops protein powder
- 2 heaping tablespoons sunflower butter
I had to go to a meeting for Girls on the Run (tons of GOTR stuff today!), and by the time I left, I was practically shaking with run-induced hunger. Such a terrible feeling! I shouldâ€™ve eaten more before I left for the meeting but I didnâ€™t have time. Major rookie running mistake.
Dashed back into the house and threw a sweet potato in the microwave:
By the time I was done eating the potato, pizza was ready!
I ate half (or maybe a little moreâ€¦ Hehe) of an Amyâ€™s roasted veggie pizza with added goat cheese. Adding cheese to Amyâ€™s cheeseless pizza is a great way to satisfy both the Husband and I since he doesnâ€™t do cheese. Plus, melted goat cheese? Mmm yeah!
And just as I was eating the last of the crust, the doorbell rang! My mother-in-law, father-in-law, and their two dogs are staying with us until Sunday so they can see patients at the clinic. We have a very full 1,000 square foot apartment right now â€“ four people and four dogs.
My mother-in-law saw that I went to Ben and Jerryâ€™s last week and said she wanted ice cream, too! So we hopped in the car and went on an ice cream errand. I got Bonaroo Buzz and a sprinkle cone.
Now that my belly is full, I am going to collapse in bed and get some rest! Sleep is just as important as mileage. 🙂