…for canceling my Thursday flight out of NYC.
Wait, what? Canceled flights are pretty much a universal annoyance, right? But flying to Nashville at noon on Friday instead meant that I did not have to do a 20-mile run at the crack of dawn in a strange city.
Instead, I did a 20-mile run at the crack of dawn in NYC. And wow, it was a beauty.
Yes, that’s another phrase that’s never passed my lips: I enjoyed my long run.
I don’t know if it was the perfect weather (60s and cloudy when I set out at 6:15 this morning), the fact that it rained last night (damp bridle path = much better than dry, sandy, dusty bridle path) or what. But I finished my 20-miler (20.11, to be exact) in well under three hours (2:53) and even managed to throw in five miles at marathon goal pace (MGP) at the end.
Although this is my tenth trip through this whole marathon-training shebang, I’ve never really enjoyed the long-long stuff. 20 milers have always ended with a constant vigil over my running watch, shuffling at a snail’s pace on stiff legs and counting the minutes until I could stop. Today there was no such agony. While I was tired at the end (of course) and happy to be done, I wasn’t dying to stop. I actually had a smile on my face.
This might go down as the best long training run I’ve had. In a long while, anyway. Yay-hoo!
And now that we’re in Nashville? I’m doubly glad that I didn’t have to run long here because it’s seriously hot as balls. Over 100* for sure. Our hotel is gorgeous though:
I think it used to be a train station. Or something. And our room has the tallest ceilings ever. Pretty jaw-dropping when you’re accustomed to life in a shoebox!
Time to take the compression socks off (I was mocked extensively by the hubs for wearing them on the plane) and get ready for the evening’s activities! Happy weekend, y’all!
Today’s EAT: Today’s long run recovery food has consisted of: yogurt with PB&J, a ham sandwich from Starbucks (and a venti iced coffee), some of the hubs’ Chicken McNuggets and fries, and a McD’s soft-serve sundae. Eating healthy is so challenging while traveling! Looking forward to a real meal tonight!
Today’s DRINK: Red Gatorade. Haha. Will there be wine later, though? You betcha!
Today’s RUN: I was so thankful for my Garmin on today’s long run. Seriously, I’ve only had the thing for a week and I already don’t know how I lived without it. I’ve always resisted them because I didn’t want to be a slave to a gadget, but I actually find running with it very liberating: no need to plan routes in advance, really. No fretting about pace or whether I’m getting all of my miles in.
And, I can overload you guys with data like this:
I promise not to post giant images of my garminated runs daily. Heh. But I just have to pimp this one because I’m so happy about how I managed the pacing.
The route was: my apartment up to CP via 96th st (~6.5 miles), one loop of the Res and two of the north bridle path, then back home the way I came.
The beginning miles were slow. I think I was still half asleep until mile 7 or so, when I finally got up to the park. Once I was on the Res, I settled into a nice 8:30 pace: nice and smooth. The 7-something MGP pickups on the way home were kind of impromptu, but I’m so glad I did them! It’s a huge confidence booster to know that I can run sub-8 minute pace fairly comfortably after running for more than two hours.
A little frustrating that those early miles drag my overall pace down, but that’s life. I’m getting old and it takes me a while to warm up, apparently. (Also, I’m pretty sure that waking up five minutes before departure, throwing on a dirty tank top, and stumbling out the door while still yawning is less than ideal prep. I still hate mornings.)
As far as fuel, I tried out Gu Chomps this week and kind of liked them. I ate through one package (200 cals) during the run. I liked being able to take little bites here and there (and without having to stop) as opposed to choking down a whole packet of gel. No tummy issues today – win!
Also smart fueling? The three beers and two slices of pizza I had at midnight last night. You think I am joking, but I’m not. That’s all carbs, baby. I think I’m going to start always incorporating a second dinner before bed on long run eves. (I could probably skip the beer in the future…but hey, it didn’t seem to hurt me today!)
Anyway. I have written a novel about my long run, so I’ll shut up and turn it over to you guys:
Today’s QUESTION: Are you running this weekend? Best of luck to everyone who’s tackling a long run or a race!