Saturday Trail Run

I decided to do a trail run for my long run today for a couple of reasons: first off, to mix things up a bit and build some muscles in my legs for next week’s climb, and also because it’s the most beautiful time of year here in the Midwest. Here are today’s long run facts:

Location: Rockwood State Park Horse Trails

Distance: 9.25 miles

Distance it felt like: 15 miles. My thighs were tired (they’ve never hurt before) and I know it’s because on the trail it’s constant up-down-up-down. The last mile had some serious hills and I did fine going UP but ending up walking down them.

Run fuel: Gummy bears! I wasn’t super crazy about them. The little honey jar I was so excited about isn’t going to work because the honey is too thick. I might use it up and fill it with something else. I ate my gummy bears around mile 7-8. They didn’t make me feel great, but that might be because I ate a bunch of junk food at Evan’s swim meet today.

Favorite views:



# of horses seen: 5

# of deer seen: 1 (but I saw the same one twice, does that count as 2?)

# of times I had to call Chris because I thought I was lost: 3 (or maybe 4?) Today was my first time going all the way around the park. Usually I do only one side or the other, and I’ve never run a 3-mile section in the middle. Our conversation went like this: “Where are you?”
“I don’t know, there’s a line of trees and a cornfield.”
Luckily he runs these trails 4-5 days a week and was able to help me despite my vague directions.

# of times I freaked out about being eaten by a cougar: 200

Route shape: (it almost looks like Asia & Europe w/out India:




I’m sort of confused as to what distances to run exactly since I’m not following a half-marathon training plan this time around. I decided to aim for 9-10 miles today (the half marathon is next Saturday). I am not doing the 5-6 mile mid-week longer run most weeks (usually I run 4 miles 2-3 times in between my long runs). However, Chris insists I’ll be fine, and given that I just plan to RUN a half marathon and not RACE one, he’s probably right. I ran 13 miles last weekend, so I know I can do it. Here are my last few weeks of training:

What do you run the week before a half marathon? Have you run one without doing the 5-6 mile mid-week runs?

Mini Honey at the Street Fair

Our local coffee shop had an outdoor street fair with vendors, food, art, and live music. It was so much fun!

Evan found some Thai food:

Campbell found the TREATS.

She loves the owner of the coffee shop so much!

And I found the cutest thing ever–a teeny tiny bottle of honey! I realized once I uploaded the picture that I should’ve tossed something next to it for a size reference. Like a dollar at a crime scene. I’d guess it’s only about 2 ounces, and it will fit in my SpiBelt. Run fuel! I’ve used honey straws and I love them, but I have to eat several per run. This little teeny honey will be perfect for a slurp here & there on my long runs. I can’t wait to try it!

Even better–it’s local honey. Yum!

Update on yesterday’s long run: no runner’s flu! I’m not sure if I was actually sick last weekend or if I did things differently this time. I chugged my Perfomance drink like always, then I had a piece of cinnamon toast and a yogurt and took a nap. I felt great the rest of the day, normal actually. I hope that continues! I also didn’t have trouble sleeping like I did last week. Who knows!

I hope you all had a good Sunday!

Long Run Stats

I like to get my long runs over with in the morning so I don’t have to spend the whole day thinking about them. Chris had to leave by 7 today, so I made plans to meet a friend at 5:30. She could only run about 3 miles because she had to work, so I ran a mile to meet up, ran 3-ish miles with her, then ran as far as I could before Chris had to leave. I finished up on the treadmill.

Here are some facts about today’s long run:

Miles run outside – 9:22

Minutes run outside – 102

Average pace outside: 11:04

Miles run on the treadmill – 3.78

Minutes run on the treadmill – 39

Average pace on the treadmill – 10:42

Total miles – 13

Total minutes – 141 (2 hours, 21 minutes)

Combined average pace – 10:56

Swedish fish consumed – 9 (between miles 9-12)

Water consumed – about 8 ounces (also between miles 9-12)

Pieces of gear worn outside – 9 (head lamp, reflective vest, watch, Spibelt, arm band, iPod, earphones, phone, hand-held water bottle & holder)

Temperature at start – 42

Pieces of clothing worn outside – 8 (socks, tights, tank, long-sleeved shirt, headband, gloves, 2 undergarments)

Pairs of shoes worn – 2 (one outside, one inside)

Pieces of clothing worn inside – 4 (socks, 2 undergarments, shorts)

Podcasts listened to – 1.5 (For Crying Out Loud)

T.V. shows watched – just under 1 (Gilmore Girls)

Lowest moment – having to stop and go to the bathroom and about 2 miles before that (should’ve stopped sooner)

Highest moment – everything after 10 miles (10 was my goal but I felt good by then so ran more)

Fastest mile – mile 4, 9:52

Slowest mile – mile 8, 12:19 (potty stop mile)

Reflections:
– Running the last part of a long run on the treadmill kind of sucks, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. The Gilmore Girls is such a sweet little show and fun to relax to. What did people on treadmills do before Netflix?

– Getting a long run in by 8 a.m. is pretty awesome.

– Friends make everything better, even 5:30 a.m. runs.

– For some reason it is less scary running alone in the dark in the morning than it is at night, even though it’s equally dark.

– Re-running the same roads 2-3 times isn’t bothersome in the dark. I looped around a couple of times waiting for my friend, then ran a few loops around home. I didn’t want to get far away because I wasn’t feeling great and I had to be back at a specific time. I ran past the library 4 times and past my house 4-5 times.

– I like Swedish fish, but they aren’t as easy to eat while running as Jelly Bellies. The fish are too chewy and they stuck to my teeth. They are also a little too sweet or something…or maybe it was just that it was so early in the a.m. I didn’t feel like eating candy.

– Best post-run routine to date: snuggling on the couch eating cinnamon toast with Campbell.

Have you ever done part of a run outside and part on the treadmill? Have you ever tried Swedish fish as run fuel? What are your big Saturday plans?