This week’s long run per training plan was a 10K race. I wasn’t feeling this.
There was a long lunch chat on Monday about this distance with a fellow half marathon runner, co-dietitian. We talked it out and I settled on doing another 10 mile run at Rock Cut. I wasn’t pleased with last week’s 10 miles and I knew that I needed to get out to Rock Cut at some point during training.
I woke up late today, 6 am, and began getting ready. There were a few points where I was just walking aimlessly around, not sure what I was doing. Mental focus: absent.
I managed to toast 2 slices of bread and slather on cookie butter.
Breakfast of champion runners.
I grabbed my self-mixed Gatorade, iPhone, earbuds, hat, coconut water and was off. I drove across town to Rock Cut. I’ve had a few runners tell me to run the perimeter of the lake. Today was the day.
I glanced at the park’s map but couldn’t quite figure out the exact route that I’ve been told about. Main tip of this route: trust your gut with following the road. I rocked that advice.
I started my run and was quickly joined by a turkey!
Have you seen a turkey run? It tucks its wings in and just runs. It’s such a site! It ran about 20 yards in front of me for a few minutes. Hilarious. This was a good start to a hilly run. Oh my hills. My quads were screaming at me to stop. I forged on.
I made it the 4.25 mile route around the lake and took off on another route for the last 6.75 miles.
I essentially ran out of the park and towards a high school. This portion of the run was great. It was when I turned around when things fell apart. I broke at 8.33 miles for a walking break. I was disappointed with myself, but I think those hills took a lot out of me that I haven’t experienced before.
During this break was when I was not polite. A guy and older lady were walking towards me as I was mentally preparing myself to run the last 1.77 miles. The guy approached me to hand my something. I put up my hand and said, “No, I don’t have time.” I’m pretty sure he was going to hand me a gospel track. I kept walking while he said, “Really? Because you don’t seem to be in a rush.” Not the right thing to say to me (or any runner) at that moment. I continued on with my last bit of walking break and yelled back, “I’m running 10 miles and am on a break right now. Good God!”
I don’t regret yelling that. I still think that that was rude of him.
Moving on. I ran another .75 miles and allowed myself to stop again. It was warming up and I was tired. And going at a slight incline. I forged on and realized that my distance wasn’t being tracked! Ah! I hit “resume workout” and it picked up where it left off. Not sure if I bumped it earlier?
So, I likely ran 10.3 miles.
Stats: 10 miles 1:33:08 9’19″ pace
I was pleased with this run because I pushed myself so hard with the route around the lake. Those hills were constant and challenging.
I stretched out back at my car and opened up a passion fruit coconut water from Swanson Health Products to try out.
This was not a great flavor for me. I still gulped it down though.
Turkey crossing on the way out.
I made a few pit stops on my way home. First up Great Harvest for weekly bread. Earlier this week, Aaron stopped by GH which resulted in this conversation.
Today I was offered apple crumbled while I picked up loaves of Extreme Cinnamon and Honey Whole Wheat.
My mouth was too dry for this but I choked it down anyways.
Next stop: Sugarjones of course! I may have whispered “Sugarjones cupcakes” earlier at mile 8.
Specials for the day: Crisp Caramel Apple and Bananas Foster. For real?
Once I was back home I grabbed chocolate milk and foam rolled.
Breakfast wasn’t on my mind though. I finally ate after a lengthy shower.
This took me about an hour to eat. Not hungry!
Plans for the day: Olympics and grocery shopping. We were invited to a British party because so many of them fled the country to avoid the Olympic chaos. Not sure if we’re hitting that up.
FYI: my uncle coached an Olympic athlete. I always forget about this. How cool!