Double digits baby!
“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”- Seneca
10 miles in the books. It wasn’t easy at all, but it is done.
I woke up at 6:20 this morning ready to hit the pavement! My knees felt great and I was very optimistic that it would be a great run! I had my pre-run fuel:
I think I have finally figured out my pre-run fuel. Without getting too personal, whenever I would eat fruit, specifically a banana, before a run, I would get REALLY bad cramps which would make me feel sick during and after a long run. However, if I stick to a piece of toast with some sort of nut (peanut, almond, sunflower, etc) butter, I don’t get cramps. Also, if I stop eating dairy 12-18 hours before a long run, I don’t have as many issues.
A little tired but ready to run! 🙂
The run didn’t go as well as planned. My knees felt GREAT up until mile 6. I stopped so I could eat some fuel (I tried the Honey Stingers today and they were delicious and easy to chew! Definitely a keeper!). When I started to run again, my left knee was KILLING me! It felt like my knee had an elephant sitting on it. I was able to push myself through the initial pain and end the 10 mile run, but my pace definitely suffered. I kept saying (outloud) “Come on knee! You can do this!” Once I hit the 10 mile mark, I still had over .75 miles to my car. I was running along a BEAUTIFUL street on a different side of town. I usually underestimate how far I go on a run so by the time I make it back to my car, I am under my distance. I usually have to wander around side streets to complete the distance.
However, as fate would have it, I overestimated my distance so I ended up having to walk to my car. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy.
Overall I am proud of myself for running 10 miles. I never EVER would have thought I would be able to run further than a 5K, let alone 10 miles. However, I am not very pleased with my time. I know that I need to get my knee better, but I have no idea what is wrong with it. It felt absolutely fine until I stopped for a minute at 6 miles. I have faith that it will get better, but I am nervous at the same time since my half- marathon is only 48 days away.
Here are my splits:Mile 1: 8:08.58 Mile 2: 8:09.28 Mile 3: 8:25.36 Mile 4: 8:21.35 Mile 5: 8:26.98 Mile 6: 8:41.87 Mile 7: 8:35.52 Mile 8: 8:59.90- difficult mile Mile 9: 9:04.04- another difficult mile Mile 10: 8:54.17 .04: 0:20.53 TOTAL: 1:26:07.58 (8:34 pace)
Oh, what’s that? Oh, that would be my brand new Garmin Forerunner 305!!! 🙂 A very early Christmas present from my parents! (Thank you!!! 🙂 ) To anyone who owns a Garmin Forerunner, is there anyway in the Garmin Training Center to show the elapsed time per mile? I can see the split time for each mile but I can not see what the total time up to that point for each mile (ie- for mile 2 it would read the split time 8:09.28 and then total elapsed time 16:17.86 and so on).
After my run I was actually hungry, which surprised me since I am usually not! I was in the mood for fruit so I whipped up some crepes. 🙂 They were a little thick, but I actually like thicker crepes.
Very Berry and Almond Whole Wheat Crepes (makes 6-8 crepes)
Ingredients:1 cup whole wheat flour 1 T all purpose flour 1 cup almond milk 1 egg Dash of salt 1 T sugar (if desired) 2 cups of assorted frozen or fresh fruit (I used frozen blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries) 1 handful crushed almonds
Directions:1) Mix together flour, milk, egg, salt, and sugar in a small bowl. 2) In a sauce pan over medium heat add berries and heat until warm and syrup from fruit is thick. 3) Heat up and lightly grease a large frying pan or skillet. 4) Add 2-4 table spoons batter to the pan and remove from heat. 5) Turn pan to spread batter out and make into a thin layer. Cook on one side. 6) Remove from heat and repeat.
7) Add fruit and crushed almonds to center of crepe and roll up!
I paired my crepes with an egg white scramble with spinach.
A great breakfast after a long run! 🙂
That’s it for now! I’m off to do a LOT of school work! Only 2 more days of classes until Thanksgiving Break! 🙂
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