Started off the day waking up at 6:00 for my final long run before the season kicks off. 12 miles on tap. It was just gorgeous out! Fall is really starting to come through. I was also excited because I had my new spibelt to test out. I have no idea how I lasted as a runner this long without one by the way. As well as planned to do about half the run on the track up in Weehawken (at least I think that it is Weehawken, the towns change so quickly that I am never quite sure where I am...unless it is Hoboken!) I figured it was the best idea to give my legs as much of a break as I could and would appreciate the cushy track.
I decided to not actually eat before the run, instead decided to rock the gu. First up was the espresso and then packed away some vanilla and chocolate to take at miles 3.5 and 7.5. The plan was to just keep the pace slow. Not trying for any time goals with this run. I ran 13 as well as 10 the weekend before under pace; plus rocked out in the 4 miler under as well. Not trying to push my luck.
I finally took off around 7:20 or so and I felt good. I don't think I will ever get tired of the feeling of elation I get from running. My mind is soothed, and I am truly happy. Sure, some times the runs absolutely suck and my body is not where my head is at but I am so conditioned that those runs are fewer and further between. Of course I get portions of a run where I hit a wall, get an ache, a side stitch, stomach gets upset etc, but for the most part it is just happiness. How do people hate running?
Started out heading toward Sinatra and got to the water and lord it was just gorgeous!
Then, I just hit a wall. And HARD at 10 miles in. My body I think was just beat. I have done a crap load of mileage the past few weeks and doing doubles and races etc. I know that tapering my mileage this week is a welcome respite. I trudged on through even though my legs felt like jello/lead. I also felt that I was moving at a snails pace but funny enough my splits after showed that I was under 10 min miles still. Perception vs reality.
Not going to lie though, thoughts of DD pumpkin spice coffee kept this girl in the game! Pretty much finished my run right outside. And, immediately forgot that any of the run sucked. I'm alright with the stats for this final long run:
|I can't believe from here out it will be half marathons on weekend not long runs!|
I quickly whipped up egg whites wrapped in a tortilla, as well as canadian bacon on the side and wolfed that down. I was still hungry so spread a tortilla (seriously best part is that these things are LOW CARB okay moronic distance runner...) with some hummus.
|Mmmm look at all the food you have to eat for that burn ;)|
|Yup, I ate in bed. It was delicious.|
|Hello lover. Aka, mimosa roadie.|
|Hi. My name is Gianna and I love my life.|
End of the day called for a sushi feast and movies/football. All in all, quite the perfect day and quite the active weekend for this chick! I was definitely a little bit tired by the end of it!