As I was running this morning, I started thinking of photos I’ve seen of larger races… specifically photos of some of those signs that race spectators will sometimes hold up along the course. “Seven (or eleven) feels like heaven”, “Eight feeling great”, “Nine doing fine”, “Ten, let’s do it again”. But I couldn’t think of one for Twelve.
This is merely an example of what goes through my brain when on an early morning run.
So this morning, this 12-mile morning, was my longest run to date. And is my longest until the actual event on October 11th. Which means this week was my biggest mileage week yet, at 29 miles. Which means that next week begins my taper weeks! Craaaaazy. The rest of week looked like this, in case you doubt my math:
- Monday: 4 miles
- Tuesday: 3 miles
- Wednesday: 6 miles
- Thursday: 4 miles
Some more numbers of note for you: I have officially lost some serious weight while training for this: about 10-12 lbs. depending on the day. I wasn’t planning on that, but it is a nice side effect. I’ve also learned that I pretty consistently lose 2 lbs. in water weight during a run. You know how women are supposed to glow, not sweat? Well…
This run, this 11 MILE RUN… this one felt good. It sure did help that temps were in the 50s when I started out at 6-something in the a.m…
Since I did leave so gol-durned early, I finagled the route again so that I left from my house. That meant that I wouldn’t run with my running group again (:(), but it also meant that I could end at my favorite bakery for a petit pain and some coffee with my logistics man/hubby (:)). He took the picture soon after I arrived.
The rest of running week last week looked like:
- Monday: 4
- Tuesday: 3
- Wednesday: 5
- Thursday: 4
This week is similar, but with 6 on Wednesday and 12 (twelve!) on Saturday. After that it’s taper taper taper. Hard to believe.
One more thing possibly of note: my pre-run snack this week consisted of gummies instead of actual food or a smoothie. I tried them out now with the hopes that they would be something I could bring with me during the Ironhorse. They tasted pretty good (I chose the grapefruit flavor) – like a less chewy gummy bear, I guess? And I seemed to tolerate them well… I had heard that some people might experience GI distress with some of the gummies and gels and that was why you should try them before and not during a race. (‘Cause there’s nothing like that feeling when you have a couple miles to go before a port-o-john.)
Anyway, given my druthers, I think I would prefer a smoothie or real food before a run, but these did the job and I would eat them again (I am not being paid or otherwise compensated for this post). Until next week!
10 miles before 8 AM. Not too bad, not too bad…