Today I had a 15 mile run! That is the longest distance I have done in my marathon training. I am hoping that sometime within the next few weeks I cover a 20 miler. I started the run a little late in the day for my liking, at 11:30am after my breakfast that Severin made(!) of smoothie and egg on toast, had digested. It was pretty cool when Severin and I started but it warmed up quickly as the sun made an appearance.
Since it was going to be a pretty long run, I thought fuel would be necessary. I haven’t been fueling during any of my other runs but I’m sure had I had some sort of snack or sip of something it would’ve been energizing on those runs. Severin ran holding our snack of a Cool Mint Chocolate ClifBar which is so yummy but way too sweet for times other than during a run. I had also packed some nuts and a few tortilla chips- that way there would be the option of sweet or salty. We ended up not even finishing the ClifBar between the two of us during the run. And definitely didn’t need the nuts or chips Severin held in a baggie in his hand for 15 miles. Oops!
The run was mentally tough. My iPod shuffle died a few miles in because I had thought it was charged. Luckily there were many other runners and bicyclists on the course we ran, so that kept things interesting. Many thanks to Severin for being my rabbit; I am sure it would have taken me much longer to run without him! Physically my legs felt waayy tired and in pain. It may have been the fast and steep trail run we had done yesterday. I love trail running but I really know I should avoid it until after the marathon because it is so easy to take the wrong step and wind up injured.
Speaking of ‘injuries’ —>(I dislike acknowledging pain by calling it an injury because I usually am in denial and use ignoring it or willing it to go away as a remedy.) A little over a week ago I was running on a trail in L.A. and took the wrong step not once but twice in the course of a few minutes and ended up doing that thing where you twist and bend your ankle in a weird way and nearly fall. What that’s never happened to you? Well I don’t recommend trying it! I was right at the half point of my run and ended up shaking it off and running the 5 miles back to get home. That was probably a bad idea because the spot between my ankle and arch is now swollen still and in pain whenever I stand on it. Running on it hurts less than standing but it does feel odd still. What comes to mind is Woody’s arm in Toy Story 2, when it was holding on by just a thread.
The fun part of this whole day was eating an entire pizza! I hadn’t had this on my mind while running or anything but we have no groceries at the moment and that meant digging into the emergency-in-case-of-extreme-hunger-break-open-box-here-pizza. The pizza that made it’s way into my stomach was an Archer Farms Organic Tomato and Pesto pizza, sounds good right? I was hungry so I devoured the whole thing (Severin had his own) but it really didn’t taste that amazing to me. It was just okay, which I guess is what to expect from frozen pizza. Especially from the Target brand, even if it is their fancy brand.
Enough rambling. Shout out to: (drumrooooollll) MY FEET! Couldn’t have done it without you guys!
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