Last week at work someone asked me what plans I had for the weekend. My reply? “I get to run 18 miles on Saturday”. Yea, I definitely got quite a look about that statement. All week I was seriously excited for my long run. I’m not sure what is was- probably a combination of the nice weather, a good streak of runs lately, and the excitement of getting my long run distance up to 18. While training for the Raleigh marathon last spring my longest run was 18 miles, so now I know I can do a marathon without hitting the 20 mile mark (even though I would prefer to get one in).
So anyway, I was all excited about my long run. We had signed up for another training run with Falls Road Running which took us through most of the Baltimore half marathon course. The run started a few miles from where we live so we ran 3 miles to get to the start, and then ran 15 with the group for a total of 18 miles. Rob and I ran together the whole time (we never do) and it was…interesting:)
As I shared the yesterday, it was a hilly course. Running this route definitely brought back memories of running the Baltimore full last year, when I totally crashed around mile 16 and just couldn’t get back into it. This weekend being back on the course reminded me of how challenging it is. I think compared to Raleigh, which is also very hilly, this course has hill after hill going up, so you never really get the benefit of the downhill until the end. In Raleigh, it seemed like there was always an equal downhill following an uphill, if that makes sense?
I was also having some major stomach issues, which didn’t help things. I kept telling Rob to go ahead of me, but he didn’t which meant I had to keep up with him. Now that it’s over I’m glad that I ran that pace but at the time it wasn’t fun. I have been trying to figure out if my stomach problems were due to what I ate but I really didn’t eat anything weird or different, so I hopefully it was just a one time thing. This made fueling during the run tricky because I felt like I needed something but didn’t want to risk making things worse. I ended up taking Powerbar energy blends at miles 7.5 and 15 and they didn’t make things any worse than they already were. This is the only fuel I have used during training runs this cycle and I’ve really been liking them.
When the run was finally over I did the myrtle routine, some light stretching, and foam rolled while drinking a smoothie. We got some errands done and then I spent the afternoon relaxing. We shared a bottle of wine at dinner and I honestly thought I was going to fall asleep at the table. I think the running has made me exhausted lately!
On Sunday morning I made the best decision ever- Rob got up and went to watch TV in the other room, but I decided to lay in bed with coffee and read blogs. I never do this and it was awesome. I went through all the posts I have missed and even though there was no way I could comment on everything I at least got caught up on what has been going on with everyone!
After another somewhat busy Sunday, I hope to relax on the couch with a glass of wine after dinner, setting the mood for a good week. This is already chilling in the fridge:
Sometimes, the simplest weekends can be the most marvelous. While its fun to travel and see people, it always feels SO good to be productive at home and just relax!
What is your favorite simple way to spend a weekend?
What kinds of problems have you faced on a long run?