Check out how dirty (read: hardcore) I am!
Check out how I eat anything I want after long runs! (I’m sitting on the floor because I’m dirty.)
I just got back from running the fourth and final 20 miler of my training, and the trail was all muddy. That didn’t affect my run much, but I made a crucial mistake that did. I under-hydrated/fueled, choosing to stop only one time, at mile 10, for some sports drink and an apple. I’ve been stopping to drink and eat only twice during my recent long runs, so I figured that just stopping once wouldn’t be too big a stretch.
The result: Bonk City, Utah. I cruised along for 17 miles, right at my target 7:30 pace or under, then got hit with a ton of bricks as everything broke down during the last three. My splits for those final three miles were 7:58, 8:01, 8:28. And I really had to fight for those! Still not as bad as my worst run ever, but if I had to run another mile or two it would have gone there.
So I’m a little mad at myself for that; it would have been nice to have a successful final 20-miler to think about during the next two weeks as I taper. But at least it’s done. I got so busy earlier this week that I had to postpone it (and—gasp—not even write a blog post on Tuesday), so I was worried that it would be too close to the race for the long run to do me any good. But with 16 days to recover, I think I’ll be fine. The rest of the training is still no vacation, but it’s definitely a reduction in mileage, which I’m looking forward to.
Daily Dose of Inspiration
- I read a great post by Rachel of Shed It and Get It yesterday. Rachel just signed up for her first marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon! I think WDW is a great first marathon because it’s so much fun, and when you’re having fun, the horrible pain of those last six miles isn’t quite so horrible. (Kidding, kind of. Not really.) Erin and I did it this year and had a great time. Check out Rachel’s post and get inspired! And by the way, Rachel followed my steps for moving your blog to self-hosting. See how awesome your blog could be if you read Health Blog Helper?
- Caitlin of Healthy Tipping Point posted her personal mission statement. I’ve thought about writing one of these but I’ve never done it, though I do always write down goals. I think this kind of stuff (and not being scared to share it) is so inspiring! Also cool: Caitlin is training for her first marathon, also at Disney!
I whipped up some quick bean quesadillas from The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook yesterday. Quick and easy, but kind of bland, the way a lot of the meals from this book have been. The second time around, I’ll have to spice them up a bit. I won’t give the amounts here, since I’d recommend just seasoning everything to taste and adding some Mexican flavors that you like, but gist of it is this: combine two cans of black beans, some cumin, salt, cilantro, and a little olive oil in a food processor. Spread over half of one side of some whole wheat tortillas, add some diced tomatoes, cheese, and whatever sauce you like, fold it over, and bake for about five minutes. So easy.
Alright I’m out; these legs won’t clean themselves. Make your Friday a Sweet-Tooth one!