So my workouts have been on hiatus due to the incredible amount of boogers (sorry, but true) in my chest, head and nose. Not being able to breathe is a real bummer when you are trying to run, let alone walk. So…I took about 8 days off. My intro back run was a 3 miler at an okay pace, and then a day off, and then today…
9.62 miles of hot, nose blowing, leg-shaking fun. My goal was to go 10 miles, but I don’t have a cool watch to track how far I go, nor do I have a smart phone to strap onto my sweaty body- by the way, I think that would bug me. I don’t listen to music, so no anything, but a water bottle, and my sneaks. Which by the way, I am shopping soon for a new pair. Stay tuned on that one, as I have some issues with lots of brands.
So the point of this post is to remind myself what I’d do differently next time I go for a long run:
- Eat more before the run. I only ate a banana and a handful of cheerios a half hour prior.
- Run earlier. I ran at kind of the hot part of the morning, so I felt the drain of the sun.
- Get better sneakers. I already told you that is in the works, and I know I need to because my legs feel it, and so do my feet. I could almost feel a blister forming that last mile.
What I did right for this run:
- I ate just a little before the run. Too big a breakfast is gross and I won’t digest it. I know this is exactly the opposite of what I said above, but maybe just a little more food would have been okay.
- My husband brought me water along the way. What an awesome thing! He filled my water bottle twice as I was on the run, which was key, as I still needed tons of water after. **I am super careful about hydration, as last year I ended up in the hospital after a week of running and never fully hydrating. Seriously. Water works.
- I stopped and did walk breaks. I have been reading a lot lately about walk breaks, so every 1.5 miles I took a 60 second break or so, just to breath, take a drink.
- I brought raisins, hidden in my bra, to fuel up at the 1/2 way mark.
My goal, other than to do the long run itself, was to be injury free. The last time I did a long run, I followed it with a sprint workout the next two days and I ended up ruining my knee for months. Lesson learned, and now I am off to stretch. My next workout will be a short run, and after that another short run or cross train. Both days with stretching. She’s back!