25 miles done yesterday and 14 to do today.
(Andrew found me at mile 21 so a photo shoot was necessary)
I woke up at about 4:30, ate my breakfast and drove over to meet my friends. It was windy, snowing very hard and freezing but the girls and I had a blast talking and sharing stories with each other. Two of my friends left at 12 miles and then Josse and I went out for another 3 miles. At 15 miles I said goodbye to Josse and got in my car for a few minutes to dry off a bit, eat and get ready to go out again. At that point it wasn’t snowing anymore but still pretty windy and cold.
My mistake—> the only time I fueled during the run was at 15 miles. I should have started way sooner than that but I wasn’t thinking about fuel much because outside of our conversation I was just trying to watch every step so I wouldn’t fall. Anytime I did think about fuel in the first 15 miles I was worried about taking my gloves off to get my fuel because every time I have done that in the past during a storm my hands have frozen for the rest of the way once I took them out of their warm cocoon.
Long story short, my fueling and hydration were awful which in turn made those last 5 miles feel like a death march. The entire run was on a few inches of fresh snow too which felt a bit like running on sand but I’m sure that made my legs stronger.
First 15 fabulous, next 5 not so bad, last 5 not my favorite (but I used my mom’s tip to smile when it hurt and that did help) and focused on taking one mile at a time.
Episode 12 and part of episode 13 of Cold got me through those miles. WHAT DID I DO BEFORE PODCASTS?
Annie told me that I received ‘extra grit points in the bank for race day’ and I completely agree. When the going gets tough I’ll just think back to this run and how I completed it!
I will say that when I finished this run I felt discourage because it was so hard that I couldn’t imagine taking another step (let alone another 25 miles) BUT I have to remove those thoughts from my brain because those won’t get me anywhere.
I need to trust the training and that these back to back long runs are going to take me to 50. I need to remember that my fueling mistake made a huge difference in how I felt and that I will not allow that to happen again. Hopefully there won’t be a blizzard on race day for us to run in because I’m sure that made this run feel a lot harder than 25 miles on a non-blizzard day but if there is one, I’m prepared now:)
I CAN AND I WILL DO THIS.
PS I forgot to start my Garmin again after a stop light for about .25 miles but I had to get to 25 miles on my watch for it to count in my brain ha.
1300 ft of climbing.
Josse and I are going into business with her idea of how to get through winters as runners and swimmers here:
I told Andrew when I finished and that I was about to drive home. When I got home he had just turned on the shower for me so it would be warm when I got in along with hot chocolate and a protein bar. He wins. He also made me eggs with veggies and toast to eat after my shower.
The snow looked prettier when I was inside and warm;)
Skye helped me with my active recovery.
But she did join me on the couch for a few minutes too. Running 25 miles in the morning = you can wear the exact same outfit for the 2nd day in a row. And my OOFOS, those are necessary on long run days.
I’m almost embarrassed about this but I forgot it was National Froyo Day until a friend sent me a text yesterday. We opted for no line at TCBY rather than Yogurtland this year and it was delicious and very free:)
Lots of recovering.
We made burgers and lots of sweet potato fries for dinner.
PS I had a reader concerned with me not eating enough for my meals/snacks for how many miles I’m running (PPS I post about 20% of what I eat). Rest assured, I am being very careful about this. I weigh myself once a week to make sure I’m not dropping weight because I am so active. I am at a very healthy weight with a regular cycle. I’ve gained weight since my October marathon (these hills are building up my legs, boom) and hovering right around there. If I lost my period or dropped weight, I’d be out of this ultra training…
health > running.
My favorite science project that has ever been done is below. My nephew is really into running and crazy fast for his age. He did an experiment on food and how it effects his running:).
From my sis-in-law: “He did a science fair experiment where he ran 8 different days (actually 9 if you count the control day) and ate 4 different menus repeated twice. He ran the fastest on the days he ate a well balanced menu. On the junk food days, which he did last on purpose so it wouldn’t throw off the results, he drank pop, ate chips, donuts, candy, ding dongs, Twinkies, etc and he ran the slowest by far. His second fastest running days were his primarily carb days and his 2nd slowest days were his primary protein days. He made a list of all of his specific menus and compiled a list of his times.”
Isn’t that cool?!?!
Does your daily diet include a lot of protein? Do you notice a big difference in your runs based on how many carbs you eat? What about things like soda or junk food… do those effect your running a lot or a little bit?
Do you have any really great indoor facilities for running/swimming? Indoor tracks that are bigger than 2938 times around for a mile?
-The BYU Track is actually only 5 times around for a mile but we still end up a bit dizzy when running on it.
Do you remember what you did for your science project in elementary school?
-I created a maze for my pet hamster but I don’t remember anything else about it.
What was the last mistake that you made with your running?