Yesterday’s long run was stupid.
And the frustrating thing is… it was totally my fault.
I knew what the forecast was. But had no desire to wait until Sunday morning for better weather. Patience is not a virtue I possess.
So maybe I’ll just get up a little earlier and take a nap when I get back?
Fabulous idea, Amy! You’re so smart!
One glass would have been fine.
Two? Sure, I can handle it! I’m so giggly! This is fun!
Three? Well, I’ll be slower, but man am I thirsty and it’s just soooooo gooooood. It’s too early to go to bed! What should we do? Let’s text EVERYONE!
You get where I’m going with this. Right?
I still got up at 6:30 yesterday morning. Plans were to be out on the roads by 7:30. Get in 9 miles before 9:00 with no issues.
All good so far.
And then I entered some crazy time warp and didn’t make it out until 8:30. 2 hours after I make a point of getting up early.
What? I still have no idea how that happened.
Things were fine for a while. A new playlist helped. But my water was running out too quickly. And I needed energy gel badly.
After a mental fight, stubborn Amy and whiny Amy compromised. All three of us looped it back to the apartment, grabbed a gel and ran to the gym to finish out the run. This is why I’m annoyed.
8.6 miles in total. I’m absolutely positive I could have hit 9 if my estimates wouldn’t have been off (my runs are always GPS free and I track my neighborhood runs afterwards on MapMyRun). I know this because my last mile was spent working on going progressively faster. So the endurance is there (my positive takeaway from the run). I just need to actually do it.
I don’t feel too badly about missing the mileage. It was only .4 under what was planned. A little bummed, but hardly anything to cry over.
The thing that bugs me is only half of the run was done outside. Which is more important to me right now. The Chicago Half Marathon is early September. And, in regards to the weather, it’s a total crap shoot of what we’ll be dealing with. Being ready for the heat/humidity is a must.
That last glass of wine was excessive. As was the waste of time before actually getting outdoors. Both very much factors I can control. And just didn’t.
But I’m done dwelling on it. There’s always next week.
Although I’m super crazy about my pre-run rituals, my post run process has never been the same.
Due to Muscle Milk being a ZOOMA sponser, I’ve been taking advantage of their generosity:
An entire case was given to us at the ZOOMA Training Kick-Off party a few weeks ago!
This is the first time trying it. Normally, because texture plays a large part in what foods I like/dislike. Drinking smoothies/shakes/milk/etc is almost always avoided. So I was timid about this stuff.
But protein after long workouts is pretty important.
So what the heck?
And wouldn’t you know? It’s good! My favorite is the Cookies n’ Creme. If you were to liquify an oreo, this is what it would taste like. Totally.
Never do I drink a whole one at once- it’s split up between 2-3 workouts. This works perfectly- just enough to tide me over with recovery fuel until my stomach settles a little more and my true appetite kicks in.
And when that appetite kicks in? Watch out for your fingers, kids. 8.6 miles gives me a lot of room to work with. Holla’.
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