Before the work day ended on Friday, I was already in need of the couch/bed/food. Once I made it home I immediately made dinner, which were protein donuts… in honor of National Donut Day. I would have loved to have a real chocolate glazed donut, but I somehow never made it to a donut shop. #Fail.
After eating, I headed about 35 minutes south to pick up my maid-of-honor dress at David’s Bridal!
I had loose plans to hit up our outlets after picking up my dress, but when I neared the outlets around 7:30, I was getting tired. I headed home, whipped up dessert, and crawled into bed for a few hours of The Big Bang Theory. A semi-early night of 10 pm was ideal since I had my “long run” planned for Saturday morning.
As usual, I woke around 8 am on Saturday, and proceeded my pre-run ritual. I immediately whip up a bowl of oatmeal with 1 egg white and top it with maple syrup. Since the runs are progressively getting longer, I wanted extra staying power, so I added 1 tbsp of peanut butter and chose blueberry syrup. It was s.o. good!
I eat my oatmeal while watching The Big Bang Theory. I typically watch until 9:30, giving my breakfast plenty of time to digest. Then, I get my fuel belt loaded with essentials, fill my bottles up, do a little bit of dynamic stretching and hit the road around 10 am.
This run called for 5-6 miles. I was aiming for 5.5 miles since the previous Saturday I completed 5. I want to gradual increase my distance and be smart about it. I don’t need to be a hero and always aim for the longest distance on the plan. No need to injure myself this early on!
Last Saturday’s run was the best I’ve ever felt and ran, and this run I felt a little tired, but my body just kept moving. By mile 3 I hit a big hill. The hill is split in half by a road running parallel, so I typically always run up half of it and walk the 2nd half. I used this point where I first stopped running to suck down 1/2 of a watermelon GU packet. Give my legs a 1 minute run break while fueling up for the 2nd half… that’s how you multi-task!
The fuel was key! I immediately felt a lot better… not that I was struggling, but I didn’t want to run into an issue where my energy was low because I didn’t have any fuel. The timing of taking it at 3 miles worked well for me on this run. I kept at it and at mile 4.5 I stopped to take this picture, and then kept on trucking along for a total of 6 miles. I didn’t stop at 5.5 because I knew I had another half mile in me. Listen to your body.
This run made me feel extremely confident for my 5 mile race I have in 2 weeks and seriously cannot wait to see how I continue to improve!
After my run, I stretched, showered, ate, and cleaned the house before heading out for several hours of errands. I purchased several new pairs of running shorts, groceries, self-tanner (say no to cancer), and a few other things, before getting home a little before dinner time. Read on the grass until I got annoyed with the bugs crawling on me.
I enjoyed a BBQ with the parents before crashing early. I feel like when my runs get a lot longer I will be asleep by 5 pm.
Up at 7:30 and at the gym for 8. A light cardio warm-up before putting myself through a heavy leg and shoulder workout. I went heavy on the weight and low with the reps and really felt it! The gym was so quiet and I felt extra motivated, so I really enjoyed taking my time and didn’t cut my workout short one bit. I think I left around 9:40, which meant I really had a great workout!
Once I was clean, full of food and prepped food for the week, I headed out for an oil change and a little shopping downtown at Runner’s Alley and was informed of an Intermediate Training group that I am considering joining!
I had a credit on my account and a gift card, which I put to good use. I still have $21 left on the gift card so I’ll hopefully buy more fuel and clothing the next time I stop in. LOVE this new long-sleeve shirt. So comfy, so pretty! NH pride!
It was then on to Lindsay’s for 3 hours of girl talk out back on her deck. So much laughing. Love girl time with my gyps.The rest of my evening was spent getting food ready for the week, blogging, and watching The Big Bang Theory.
What was the highlight of your weekend?
Do you carry fuel with you on a run? If so, what’s your favorite fuel?
Have you ever joined a running group?