Today’s long run was a little painful and has left me wiped tonight!
However, I can’t decide if my 3+ hour run was more painful or the 10 minute ice bath afterward!?!?
What I don’t do for my obsession!
Distance: 21 miles
One of my goals today was to not stop at all—not even at a stoplight. I really wanted to be running the entire time, but sadly a couple unexpected things happened:
1. I had to change my shoes.
The shoes I started out in definitely have more than 500 miles on, and my hips and knees started hurting after about an hour and forty-five minutes, so I turned around a headed home to put on a different pair.
I do have a newer pair of running shoes, but they are a little too small in the toe box. The newest pair are Mizuno Inspire 7s, and I’ve found Mizunos tends to run a half size too small. They fit fine in the store, but when my feet start to swell during my run, my toes rub against the end of the toe box, so I have avoided using them on my long runs. I have been using them during the week on shorter runs though.
2. I got dizzy and lightheaded.
After 2 hours and 15 minutes I started to feel light headed and dizzy, so I took a gel shot. However, it usually takes 10-15 minutes to kick in, so I had to stop and walk a little since I did not feel well. I only stopped for a couple of minutes and waited until the calories kicked in. After that I felt better.
I definitely struggled more through this long run than I did two weeks ago when I ran 20 miles. I’m not entirely sure why, but I do think it was due to poor fueling beforehand:
1. I don’t think I ate as much for breakfast as I usually do.
I had half of a bagel with peanut butter, half of a banana, and a muffin. That might seem like a lot for most people, but I think it was only about 400 calories, when I usually have about 500 calories. I also think I waited too long to start running after eating.
2. I didn’t have much to eat for dinner last night.
I had a large snack around 4 p.m. yesterday because I was super hungry, so when dinner time rolled around, I wasn’t hungry (obviously). I also never really got hungry the rest of the night, so I didn’t have much the rest of the night. I did have a Think Thin bar around 8 p.m. because I knew I would need something for the morning, but that probably wasn’t enough.
I tried this Think Thin protein bar based off your recommendations in this post.
While I was optimistic I would like it, I wasn’t all that impressed. It was good (for a protein bar), but I thought it was pretty “chalky.” Maybe it was the $1.70 I had to pay for it that left a bad taste in my mouth. Needless to say, I won’t be picking up any more of these anytime soon.
Craig biked with me for the second half of my run today.
Our route took us to the Lake Hood airport where float planes take-off and land on the water.
All those cars are from people who have parked their vehicle here for the weekend while they fly their plane to remote parts of Alaska.
Even though it looks like it is 7 p.m. outside, it is actually after 10:00 and time for me to go to bed because I am wiped from my run!