I never thought I’d say this, but I’m currently training for the 8th marathon, the New York Marathon. Today was a big day. Our first twenty miler. A twenty miler is never easy. It’s always scary. It always hangs over your head the week before. It always feels so good to be done. Ellen and I met in Venice and set off on our adventure across West Los Angeles. Not gonna lie, I was kinda nervous about this run for several reasons.
1. My hamstring has been aching when I run. I found a spot on my quad and in my glute that was super tight and foam rolled it to death this week. With hamstring pain it’s rarely the hamstring, instead something else pulling on the hamstring. You know you’ve found the spot when you roll it and feel your hamstring ache a bit. Everything really is connected.
2. We didn’t have a route planned.
3. Some of our cheer buddies who were going to jump in for a few miles weren’t able to make it.
Much to our surprise, the run went really well. Ellen and I had a lot to catch up on with our new jobs and all, and my hamstring felt 10000 times better. The route ended up being nice, and we were able to meet up with Brianna and run a few miles with her. I love running with Brianna. Her stories help the miles fly by. Random fact, did you know there is a pop-up barber shop in the VA?Because I’m so NOT stressed about NY, I haven’t been good about long run notes. Here is my attempt to reflect on the run…
Friday Dinner: Israeli CousCous with Spinach Hemp Pesto + Roasted Veggies
Friday Sleep: Went to bed at 9PM. This whole getting ready for school starting on Tuesday exhausted me. I was so tired.
Pre-Run Breakfast: English muffin with peanut butter, honey and banana
Post-Run Snack: Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispy from Groundworks on Rose
Long Run Fuel: Swedish fish + pretzels. I didn’t eat enough before and during. Hence the Rice Krispy treat immediately after the run.
Long Run Hydration: Random sips of water, water fountains, ran into Whole Foods in Brentwood for water.
Long Run Outfit: Polka dot lululemon shorts, Run Vancouver shirt, target sports bra, random socks, Nike visor. No chafing which is always nice.
How Did It Feel: Today was a major confidence boost. It felt hard, but the right kind of hard. I did a pace tempo run last night so I went into the run with tired legs, forcing me to slow down. The last two miles were harder because I was getting hungry.
Top Tip: 1. Never underestimate the power of a foam roller. 2. Don’t forget to load up on the carbs the day before a long run. Yesterday was hectic at school, and I had lunch at 11:30am, and didn’t eat again until dinner at 7. I was to busy to even realize I should be snacking throughout the day. Felt it the last two miles.
And a few more photos from my birthday and the week…
Getting pampered!Lululemon Run Club Mom, Kathy.
The lovely Brianne. Team EQ3 planking 🙂 Didn’t expect this on a Wednesday night at RunMDR’s six year anniversary run. Apparently stress (good “I’m about to open a school” stress) makes you run faster.
And now that football season has started, the evening will consist of Trader Joe’s snacks and beers on the couch. Until next time!