Since I’ve got my long run on my mind, I thought I would talk about what I do to help get me through long runs. I like to listen to Podcasts because then you get to listen to more like a story or a show while you’re out which can be more entertaining. There are all types out there, I personally like a few morning shows, which I don’t get to listen to normally, so I subscribe to their podcasts and listen while I run. They talk about news, and celebrities, nothing too thought provoking, but entertaining while running. Here’s an example of one that I like a lot, probably my favorite:
That morning show also does a “secret show” which is a podcast you can subscribe to, but it is for 18 or older and so you can assume the content is different. It is also entertaining, but isn’t for everyone.
The other thing I really like about my iPod is that it plays the radio!! That way when I’m sick of my music or don’t feel like a podcast, I can just see what’s on.
In preparation for this morning’s long run, I made this very simple rice for dinner. It was good, but the goal for a regular dinner is really to add stuff to it, which I didn’t do. So it was a little boring but perfect for a pre-long run
It looked like this:
Here’s what I’m having before I head out.
Are you doing a long run today? How far? Have fun!!
I spent Thursday evening doing 2 miles of hill repeats and now i am sooooore. But it’s the good kind of sore that we runners are obsessed with you know what I mean?
Friday was a 6 mile run with some pick-ups (little sections where I speed up which makes it a more interesting and gets a little speed work in).
Today it is completely pouring out but it’s my rest day anyways so it’s fine with me! I’m hoping it clears up for tomorrow. I need to get my last long run in before the half marathon next weekend.
I have to say I have a bit of bittersweet feelings about the course layout, and the fact that you park at the end and then shuttle to the start which basically means you have to be there and ready even earlier than usual. The race starts at 6:30 am and I have to be in downtown SF, park in a garage and on a shuttle by 5:45 am at the very latest (that’s the last shuttle). So all that means I am basically getting up at 3 am! It’s going to be a tough one, but then of course, that’s partly why we all love races right?
Plus after all that I’ll of course be this naive and happy and ready to sign up for another race like I always am after races:
Adrian brought this home as a surprise the other night. Sometimes he is so very wise!
Have you ever had to shuttle to the start of a race and get there so early?? Maybe I just don’t know that it’s somewhat normal!
Oh yea, how awesome is that?? I absolutely love Kara Goucher. She is just completely amazing and I love that she is the face of this awesome brand from my awesome home town city of Seattle. Seeing this made my day a bit!
I ran a really slow easy 6 miles tonight. It’s funny how I can go one day running 12 miles at a fairly good pace, then two days later sort of trudge through 6 miles. Every day running is just different and there are so many other factors involved. For example, I think I have my mental game face on when I know I’m doing a longer run, and so maybe that adds a lot, versus a night, where I just want to get 6 done and move on to pizza. I could see that playing a huge role. They say it’s half mental right?
Speaking of pizza…. We had pizza for dinner. I had a double decker of cheese, Adrian had a double decker of pepperoni. It’s actually much yummier than it looks….It’s kinda dry.
I also had a salad. I’m crazy for always getting some kind of nutrients in every meal. Although my salad was really some lettuce and a ton of red cabbage. I have a thing for red cabbage.
After my “eh” run I did a nice peruse of the internet and came across this quote which made me feel better. I’ve seen it before and it’s always one of my faves.
It’s nice to remember that sometimes. Just get out there, do your thing, you’re a runner.
Lastly, my friend Alison stopped by tonight to say hi, hang, and catch up. She’s fun and always has good stories and good things to say. Also we all watched that funny first kiss video and analyzed it. Do you know which video I mean? It went viral like 2 weeks ago, of strangers put together and told to kiss. Kinda interesting social experiment. We thought so anyways.
Have you met any “fake runners”? I haven’t!
Have you tried Oiselle? What I’ve tried I totally loved, also love the bird, super cute.
I went for a little more tropical smoothie for a little weekend change and I must say it hit the spot!
I spent a lot of Sunday relaxing in my favorite spot with a few upgrades, the cozy pillows, as well as my water bottle (really always with me) and a good book. Currently I’m reading The Glass Castle.
It was sort of a long weekend so I just had to have a calm day! Also I was planning for a very long run this morning so I drank a lot of water and let my legs rest.
Also, the most important part of the night before a long run, is obviously going to a burger place with friends for dinner! We went to Wheezy’s. They make kinda smaller burgers, not quite slider small, but almost, so you can order a couple different kinds. Of course I had 2 burgers and fries, veggie burgers of course. And the best one they make, I promise, is called the White Trash burger with thousand island, crunchy iceberg lettuce, and american cheese. It kinda tastes like a Big Mac. So good. Then of course we went to Fro Yo. It was directly next to the restaurant, so I literally had no choice.
This morning I did 12 miles with an average pace of 8:36. YAY!! I was so worried I wouldn’t be ready for my half marathon in 2 weeks, especially when the hamstring issue happened. So now I feel so much better and ready to Rock n’ Roll!! ( haha get it? Rock n’ Roll half? yea I know my jokes aren’t good. ) I’m just so happy that I now feel ready.
I finished it off with a really easy yoga sesh tonight to stretch it out, and I’m about to go to bed because I am completely exhausted!
Also thanks for the comments about the morning running!! Glad I’m not alone and that we are not all superhuman morning rockstars, which is what I envision all runners, besides myself, to be.
Anyone else doing the Rock n’ Roll SF? Other Rock n’ Roll races in different cities?
Very Excited about my new warm weather/bright running gear! I bought a few of that tank top. It comes in lots of cute colors,is SUPER light weight, and has a built-in bra. Downside, my clip-on iPod didn’t like that size strap as the only option very much, but we made it.
Yesterday was my first longish run since the hamstring has been acting up and I am so happy that it went well!! I ran 8.5 miles, took it easy on pace, but had no pain! Hooray!
Here’s what I used to get me through it in the morning:
So I have always always alllllways wanted to be one of those people that’s like “oh I got up at 5 and ran 12 miles, no big deal”. But I’m not. My idea of an early run is before the sun goes down, not before it gets up. But I’m on a mission to become one of those people. I set out my clothes the night before. I planned my breakfast. I set my alarm (for 7, not 5). Then I got up at 8…. hour late, whoops. Then I ate/drank my breakfast. Had to let it digest obviously…. Left at 10:30. WHY, why, can’t I be one of those people!?
Then I thought, ok, get up early tomorrow and do the same, and it will feel easier. But, I had a birthday party to go to at a concert and it didn’t end until midnight. So much for that. The band was awesome though! It was an all female Led Zeppelin cover band name Zepparella. Pretty fun.
How do you crazy morning people do it????
So since I’m still trying to rest up whatever is going on with my hamstring, I ran a really slow 3 miles yesterday. I mean slow with walk and stretch breaks frequently. I really just had to get out and get some fresh air so I decided as long as I made it really easy on myself it would be good to warm it up and stretch it out. Since I knew it would be an easy run, I took my phone and got some lovely sunset pics!
Today I took an actual, real, full fledged, rest day. No core, no yoga, no running, nothing. It was weird. But I think, finally, my hamstring is getting back. I almost can’t feel the issue at all anymore. I am really hoping I won’t feel it even a little tomorrow morning and I can go on a run first thing.
We had a couple friends over tonight and made a taco bar and cookies. Of course I am always so focused on eating that I never think to take a pic before I’ve started, so please enjoy viewing my partially eaten dinner and the taco bar after 4 people had already attacked it. This is one of my many goals. Slow down, enjoy the food for a SECOND before chowing down. Lofty goal for me obviously.
So we made beans, brown rice with southwest taco seasoning (basically makes Spanish rice), cheese, sautéed bell peppers and onions, pico de gallo, salsa, lettuce, cilantro, hot sauce, and for the meat eaters, chicken and ground beef. It was so amazing. I started with 2, and then had a third 🙂
Hoping to get to sleep somewhat early to get going on a run tomorrow morning! Isn’t that a “you know you’re a runner when” saying???
Who has awesome runs/races planned for the weekend??
I saw this in Runner’s World and thought it was SO funny. I am guilty of actually every single one of these, although I really do make an effort to not run obliviously. Especially funny about having seen it in a running magazine when that is an offense!I think I am the worst about wearing running gear in social situations. I have been on a mission for most of my life to find ways to wear athletic clothes in a way that is socially acceptable. I mean it’s serious. I even have levels of sweatpants, my at home only really comfy (really ugly) ones, all the way up to the expensive lulu’s. When I wear jeans I like to call them my grown up pants. So anyways, I am a major offender, and with no guilt about my offenses!!
My leg is still hurting today so I decided to play it safe and not run at all. I really, really (reeeeaaalllly), don’t want a serious injury so I will absolutely not run until it feels better. Instead I did yoga and some more core work on NTC. Also, doing the core workout yesterday was such a crazy eye opener because I am super sore today. I actually can’t believe how sore I am. So no wonder my leg is hurting!! I am apparently completely lacking in core muscle. I can’t believe I let it get so bad! I have a new plan that involves core 4-5 days a week. I think I have to.
Do you do consistent core work?
Anything in particular that works well for you?
Favorite thing I’ve seen in a while. This Waldo makes me really happy. Also I have an urge to go to yoga tomorrow.
So yesterday I did a 7 mile run at a very average pace and was feeling a little better than last week. I’ve been adding a bit more protein into my diet, sometimes the whole vegetarian thing can be lacking in that category. While I’m feeling great about eating a ton of fresh and whole foods, I don’t normally count or keep track of exactly what I’m eating, like number of calories, protein etc., and I think maybe I was lacking a bit. One thing I added back in for the first time in a long time are eggs. I’ve had this yummy looking egg, cheese, avocado, sprouted wheat bagel the last 2 days as well as my almost daily smoothie for breakfast.
Yes, that is a large sized mason jar of coffee behind it. No it wasn’t full originally, that’s the starting level and I added a bunch of milk. I’m not totally coffee crazed 🙂 Anyways, I think and hope that is what the problem was last week, so I’m trying to keep better track of the exact content I’m eating this week and see how I feel.
Here’s another lovely view of my smoothie obsession. This was today’s batch:
In this batch is:
Strawberry, mango, pineapple, banana, spinach, almonds, chia seed, and water. It’s just so completely wonderful.
Today I started a run and am having a bit of pain in the tendon behind my knee connected to my hamstring so I changed things up a bit. I did a few half mile loops around my house, then called it good for running. I went inside and did a workout from NTC (Nike Training Club) and it was perfect as well as something I’ve been meaning to add more to my daily routine. NTC is a free app from Nike that has all different kind of workouts, at different levels, and tells/shows you how to do them. It is really great. I am not a member at a gym so I often miss the core building/weight lifting element that I should be incorporating and this is a great way for me to do it. Core muscle is so super important to help prevent injury and be a better runner. This pain I’m having was a huge reminder of that.
Have you ever used NTC?
Are there other great apps out there that do a good job?
Now THAT is lunch with a view! I think burritos are even better when eaten in a new and beautiful place.
Adrian and I went hiking to Kent Lake today and brought burritos, cookies, and chocolate milk. Into the top ten places I’ve eaten a burrito obviously.
We started at Alpine Dam, as seen in my lovely panorama (love those) below, and hiked almost 5 miles to Kent Lake and back, for a total of almost 10 miles.
The river runs next to the trail the whole time, so you’re always hearing running water which is nice. There’s also a lot of spots that water comes down off the mountain in little waterfalls and streams.
Here’s a couple more views of the lake.
We were happy about it.
Saturday was spent mostly like this:
And also a trip to the car wash! I love the car wash.
Then I went into the city and met up with a couple friends for a chat sesh and some guac, chips, and tacos.
It was such a good weekend, but tomorrow has a long run with my name on it. So off to bed!
I took another rest day yesterday since I just haven’t had a strong week. The “rest” evening ended up being so nice. We found a new spot that looked right over the water and looked like this:
So as I said, I’ve just had not a great running week. Each run I’ve felt kind of weak and slow and just not up to my expectations. I felt so off tonight that I ran 5 miles, went home and had a 1/2 of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, then went out and did some hill repeats. I seriously needed that sandwich in between. So I’ve got to figure out what’s going on and take care of it this week! I want to be back to normal next week.
For Hill repeats, I did 10 times up this hill at a very fast pace, then walked down it, and started back up as soon as I got to the bottom. It totaled out to another 2 miles.
While I was up there I found quite a nice view over to SF and the Bay Bridge. I love the dark outlines of the land and the lights!
This is still my favorite running shirt. Major birthday score 🙂
FINALLY! The Marin Headlands makes the Rave Run location in Runner’s World. I have been waiting for this moment, since I knew it would have to happen eventually. Marin is seriously one of the best places to run and has so many different options for where to go.
Also it was Pi Day!!! I made an apple pie. I had to! It’s the rules of Pi Day.
How do you fix it when you’re having an off running week?
Where’s your personal favorite destination for a Rave Run?
Did you enjoy some pie today?