No More 20 Milers!

Check out how dirty (read: hardcore) I am!

[dirty legs photo]

Check out how I eat anything I want after long runs!  (I’m sitting on the floor because I’m dirty.)

[eating pizza photo]

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!

Bean Quesadillas

[bean quesadilla photo]

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.

[open quesadilla photo]

Alright I’m out; these legs won’t clean themselves.  Make your Friday a Sweet-Tooth one!



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  1. Mmmm, your making me want pizza..and quesadillas. What sauce did you end up using? I’ve never made quesadillas at home before.
    Nice new header 🙂

  2. Congrats on your last 20 miler!!!
    .-= Tay´s last blog ..Make New Friends… =-.

  3. Congrats on your 20 miler today. Looks like it was intense! I totally agree with you in that the Disney Marathon is a great one for people who are new to marathons ( I did my first there back in 2008). Now I signed up again for the 2010 one to do my 2nd marathon. Disney sure knows how to make if fun even through the pain. I usually die around mile 21 and have to push myself to the end. I am actually starting to really train for it here in October. Good luck with your running/races. I love to see a guy who eats no meat and is an athlete!!!
    .-= Lori – pure2raw´s last blog ..I love raw yogurt =-.

  4. I love the banner:) Did Ryan make it? I also like the running glamour shot on the left side…looks familiar…near my house, perhaps!?

  5. Thanks for the shout out! And I clearly need to start getting dirtier/more hard core now that I’m training for a marathon!!
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Beauty Booty: Good Food For Good Hair =-.

  6. i LOVE the new header – it seriously looks awesome!

    i can’t believe you only drink water once – don’t you get thirsty? i usually take a little water every other mile or so (or as often as a drinking fountain presents itself). do you take any goos or shot bloks along the way!

    woowoo for getting the last 20-miler out of the way…we are almost there!
    .-= Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)´s last blog ..So long, fair well… =-.

    • Holly, glad you like the new header! I actually don’t get thirsty during runs anymore. I do on faster workouts, but the 7:15-7:30 pace doesn’t cause me to be gasping for air or needing water anymore. So it’s more the accumulation of miles on long runs that wears down my legs and catches up with me at the end if I haven’t hydrated or eaten enough.

  7. That’s what long runs are all about – seeing what works, what doesn’t, what you need and what you can do without.

    I think I remember you’ve said that you lost weight after becoming a vegetarian? Do you think the weight loss has helped increase your pace? I certainly found that to be true, but I wonder if it’s because I’m more conditioned now than I was 35 lbs ago or if it’s a combo of both. Less of me to move with stronger muscles to move me forward – seems to make sense.
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..Tomato Currency =-.

    • Hey Alison, I think the weight loss has been a huge part of my improvements. I’m not really sure where the weight loss came from, because I didn’t have much fat to lose and I didn’t get any weaker. So maybe it was a bunch of toxins and crap (I did a “cleanse” at the beginning of all this).

      I’m only talking about 5-10 pounds. 35 should make an enormous difference over a long distance. And like you said, if you’re stronger too, even better. But I can’t imagine how much slower I’d be if I had to carry a 35 pound weight with me!

  8. Welcome to taper. The quesadilla looks good even if it was bland. The pizza looks better. 🙂
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..New Bergstrom Baby! =-.

  9. Sorry to hear about Bonk City, but hey, ironing out the kinks is what training is for, right? I love to read about your journey, thanks for sharing with us! Enjoy your taper!
    .-= Veggie Runnr´s last blog ..Chili that turned into Stew =-.

  10. Good job on the run (even if you don’t think it was good).

    I love eating anything I want after long runs!

  11. Love the new header! Well done on completing this part of your training…
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..Out of the mouths of babes =-.

  12. Woo woo!! Dirty legs and pizza and 20 milers over! All great things. I can’t imagine what that “last six” feels like. I can only imagine the pain! haha. I don’t drink water when running because it just juggles around in me…but then my longest distance is 8/9 miles. I’m constantly looking for info on pre-run fuel at the moment so this was (as usual) super interesting. At least now you know you need 2 stops, right? Enjoy your taper!
    .-= Angharad (Eating for England)´s last blog ..Milwaukee Italian =-.

    • Hey Angharad, two stops are definitely a must. One thing that I think about when I start to doubt about whether I’ll qualify is that I’ll have many more drink stops on the course.

      You might have already seen this, but I wrote a post about pre-race nutrition that has some good rules to follow; mostly stuff I’ve gotten from two different books. It’s here : //

  13. That’s how my legs looked after my run too! When I got back I kept getting dirt everywhere so I had to shower pronto! Congrats on being one step closer.

    Those quesadillas look awesome 😀
    .-= Katharina´s last blog ..Another First =-.

  14. You might be worried about the whole bonking bit but that’s probably the best thing that could have happened to you in your training run.

    Now you know what doesn’t work, so you can be confident in what did work in previous runs and carry that through to your race. Plus, your body has now experienced (again) what that is like so it won’t take you as much by surprise come race day if you do have something that doesn’t go 100% right.

    Nice work, and muddy legs are what you are supposed to have after a good run…
    .-= Blaine Moore´s last blog ..Eddie Izzard Ran 43 Marathons For Charity…In A Row! =-.

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