This week’s lesson
Respect the Run.
My week started great, I felt like I was off and running…literally. With the day off for Labor day I took my speed run to the beach, then hung out for a bit of beachfront meditation. (I actually really like doing meditation outside) The rest of my week flowed as normal with the usual runs and cross training. Then came Saturday, my long run day. I bonked. Four miles into a fourteen mile run I realized this was going to be a sufferfest. At mile four, I was already getting tired and whispers of hunger started creeping in my mind. Then a mile later, those whispers got stronger and before I knew it all I wanted was food. I ate the Honey Stinger wafer and fig cookies I brought, but soon realized it wasn’t enough. All I could think about the rest of the run was shoving a PB & J in my mouth. I made it through my run, but barely and oh so slow.
On my way home from my run, as I tried to sort out what when wrong, I realized I had barely eaten the night before and had restless night of sleep. This week, I didn’t get in a good cross training session, and my weight training was just so-so this week.
I get it, life happens from time to time. My diet isn’t always perfect and my sleep patterns suck. After the reality check this weekend, I realize I can't ignore the basics of long distance running…Respect the Run.
Treat the running and training with respect and don’t think you can just glide into it. The mileage will increase, the speed work gets faster, the weight training gets heavier. This flow is necessary to properly execute training. I am at the half way mark in my training, and as the endurance gets tougher on the long runs I need the weekly training to prepare me for those long miles and steep climbs.
This week’s runs:
--I’m absolutely loving the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook. I have taken a liking to making my own snack bars, because a gal cannot live off of Picky Bars alone. Seriously though, I have a hard time with gels, chews, and gu’s for running fuel so I have been taking “real food”, such as dried fruits and energy balls on my runs. The Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook is a great resource for these options as well as great recipes that focus on the needs of an athlete. My personal favs are the recovery quinoa salad, the fig bars, sweet potato cookies (they are more like an energy bar) and superhero muffins. I am going to try a few of the smoothies this week.
--I finally found a place where I can use compression boots for long run recovery!!!! A couple weeks back I finally met fellow Oisele Volee runner Ciara who is a chiropractor and health & wellness specialist in Santa Monica. She is focusing most of her business on recovery for athletes and has just started a division of her business geared toward recovery sessions. She offers a variety of services, but I tried the compression boots this weekend. After a long run when by body took a beating, those compression boots saved me. I can’t wait to go back again and again in the coming weeks.
That’s all for this week, now it’s time to rest, meal prep, and write out strength session plans.