I do love the long run. Even the bad ones. They make me feel so accomplished. They produce the greatest naps. They make me feel not as guilty for reaching for that 5th cookie or 3rd bowl of cereal. They allow me time to really sort out my feelings about any and everything. They put all my fancy running gear to really good use.
miler, I just don't know about you. 16 is good. 20 is good. But that
18 miler gets me every time. I even did all the right things. I
hydrated with water and Gatorade like a fiend the day before. I made
sure to eat healthy (re: no bar food) the day before. I ran between
8:20-8:30 per mile (okay, still a little fast, but I felt like I was
trotting). The weather was absolutely perfect--about 50 degrees. I was
comfortable in capris and a short sleeved shirt.
I went out
and back on the Greenway which is 13.5 miles and then I ran out 2.25
miles and back to complete the 18 miler. I really only paused twice
which was good preparation for race day. I just never really got any
little tinges of euphoria like I normally do on long runs. It wasn't
super terrible, but I was happy when it was over.
I did run 16
miles on Saturday and did this 18 miler on Wednesday so it wasn't a
full week's rest. I'm hoping this was the main cause for my lead legs
feeling. I was in a good place mentally and excited about going out to
do my long run. I felt the energy and the mojo, but my legs just didn't
I took an ice bath afterwards and then
wore compression socks for about 4 hours. I'm not sure how much good it
did, but I figure it couldn't hurt. I ran a hilly (yay!) 3 miles
yesterday that was pretty decent. I ran after a crazy sweaty day at
work so I was a little more body-weary that usual. Tomorrow I will be
tackling some mile repeats (blech!) in the morning so I am hoping that
my body decides to cooperate.
I have 20 miles to tackle on
Valentine's Day. Seems appropriate to do good things for my heart.
Hopefully my post long run nap won't interfere with my dinner plans.
Good thing Adam won't love me any less if I decide we are going to have
frozen pizza for Valentine's dinner!