Not going to lie. I was not looking forward to running twenty miles yesterday morning when I first woke up. Pancakes and 4 more hours of sleep sounded much more appetizing.
Like usual, I started feeling awake and alive after about 3 miles but it sure took a lot of bargaining for me to get out of bed in the first place.
My dad did his usual ‘drive along with me until it got light out’ thing. He passed me my fuel and gatorade at just the right times and kept me from being creeped out by running alone in the dark. I owe him big time.
Overall, the run felt pretty great (MY CALF WAS HAPPY THE ENTIRE TIME!!) but for the last 3-4 miles I had some crazy cramping going on in my chest/left side. I had to stop twice for a minute or two because they hurt so bad. I did everything that I normally do as far as hydration/nutrition goes so I am not really sure what happened but I really hope that this is the last time those cramps happen.
I tried to get in a few hills because I really haven’t been doing enough ups this training cycle… time to get in a few more over the 2 weeks before the taper begins.
My coach told me to keep my pace for the 20 miles between 7:30-7:45. After a few weeks of fast finish long runs, it was nice to have a long run that didn’t involve tempoing. I was able to truly zone out and just run for a long time which is probably my favorite kind of running.
Post long runs for me equal as much sitting and eating as possible. We made it to the pool and I was pretty stoked that Brooke was all about wearing a hat and sunglasses too.
PS There was also a lot of stretching, an ice bath and drinking as much water as possible—> it has only taken me 5 years to start taking recovery seriously. I’m a fast learner;)
Later on she did my makeup.
And then we met the peeps for some good ol’ fashioned Brick Oven (another restaurant that I used to waitress at back in the day).
Side note—> I just can’t get over this picture of my nieces and nephews. Okay, back to the food….
I had the salad bar, pasta and then they brought us an entire cookie pizza. Turns out chocolate chip cookies are even better when there is caramel and hot fudge drizzled on top.
We ended the night at our friend’s house. Brooke kicked back and relaxed for a bit with minnie mouse youtube clips.
Ever get cramps when you run? What usually causes them and how do you get rid of them?
What is your usual post long run routine?
Best thing you have eaten so far this weekend?