I’ve always thought that the day I ran 6 miles would be the day I finally became a “real” runner.
When my alarm went off at 8, my mind was filled with that excited dread that often comes with the first day of school and first dates. Since my day is already jam-packed today, I’d written out a list of everything I would do, from waking up to going to work, with corresponding times. This type of thing doesn’t usually work for me, but I really wasn’t even able to include a margin of error.
Still, I puttered around, wasting time… I checked on the laundry (three times), I did the dishes, I checked the weather (chance of rain)… I was nervous, and I wanted to prolong the run for as long as possible. But, I was also excited, and had a good feeling. I knew I could do it!
I quickly put together a no-fail playlist. These are all songs I’ve run to over and over again, and I know they keep my legs running.
Before I left, I had half a cup of coffee, half a Luna Bar, and a lot of water.
I debated whether or not to run with a water bottle, but I didn’t want the extra awkward weight to sabotage my run. Instead I kept running back to the kitchen for more water, just to be safe. I should probably invest in a CamelBak sometime soon…
This was my first time running with snacks.I stuffed my baggie of gummies (who needs Shot Bloks?) into the waistband of my running pants. I’m sure there was a better option… I tried to put it in the side of my sports bra, as I’ve heard other runners do, but it was really uncomfortable. Where do you stash your mid-exercise snacks?
Finally I set off, with a not-so-brave face.
I’d promised myself I was going to run at a slow, easy pace… it was more important for me to log miles than go for speed. I’m not racing against anyone! To achieve the 6 mile run, I’d planned on fusing together my go to 4.5 mile and 2.0 mile runs. It started to rain as I passed the 2-mile point, but I powered through it. At almost the same time as the first raindrop hit my face, I got a stitch in my right side… the same spot I’ve been getting them for the past week or so. I tried some breathing techniques, but mostly just told myself to ignore it… and it worked!
After I finished my 4.5 mile loop, I stopped and ate half of my gummies. Then I picked the pace right back up again. I felt as though my legs were carrying me through, and the only thing I had to do was stay awake for it. I expected to be sore, but I didn’t think that I’d be so mentally tired! But I powered on. I stopped and ate the last of the gummies during the final mile.
I got home, stretched and calculated my total distance: 6.4 miles!!!
Total distance: 6.4 miles
Total time: 1:10:27
Maximum heart rate: 177 (89%)
Average heart rate: 166 (83%)
Calories burned: 739
For a few minutes, I felt a little nauseous and not very hungry. I couldn’t decide what I wanted for breakfast, and puttered around for a little. Then all of a sudden… WHAMO! I made the quickest bowl of oatmeal you’ve ever seen, just so I wouldn’t eat my own arm.
This was made with:
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup water
- splash of skim milk
- 1 banana
- brown sugar
- scoop of peanut butter
After showering, I slathered on a generous helping of Bengay and promptly burned the bejeezus out of my glutes. I also got so cold that I had to pile on Ari’s sweats (shh!) and climb under the covers. I guess “everything in moderation” doesn’t only apply to food…
I took a bottle of POMx Pomegrante Wildberry Light White Tea to keep me hydrated on my subway ride across the boroughs.
FYI: I will be posting a POMx review once I’ve tasted all of the flavors.
I needed to pick some things up chez maman et papa, so I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up lunch to eat at home. It was, sadly, my quickest in-and-out trip to the store.
When I got home, there were two exciting packages waiting for me! First… my RoadID came! I wish I could show it to you, but my Photoshop program isn’t working and I can’t edit out my personal information. It’s very cool, though!
With lunch, I snacked on some Crispy Parmesan Protein Chips.
They look like baby Sun Chips!
And, unlike other brands, this one was filled with chips! Don’t you hate when you buy something and realize you’ve paid for mostly air? They were pretty good… they had the consistency of Soy Crisps.
My Whole Foods lunch was filled with greens, Israeli salad, grape leaves, vegan chicken salad (LOVE THIS), lemon tempeh, glazed tofu, crunch sprout salad, and a farro/wheatberry pilaf.
While I was home, Charley and I played dress-up…
He’s joined the ranks and is now an Upwelling Dog.
I was still snacky, so I ate a raisin walnut roll on the subway on the way to work.
Business at the restaurant was non-existent, so I went home at 7. Wahoo! I took a salad to go, but decided to save that for lunch the next day and stopped instead at the Japanese mart on my walk to the subway. I’ve always been curious about these seasoned “wildweeds”:
Unfortunately, I really didn’t care for them at all. Something about the taste, and the brown weeds (which reminded me of Distric 9… sorry for that gross tidbit!) really turned my stomach and I only ate half. This looks deceptively small… but as the above photo shows, it weighed 18 ounces!
The brown rice tuna and avocado sushi, however, was just right. I should have just gotten more sushi!
The weeds left a taste in my mouth that wouldn’t go away, so I had a glass of Pinot Grigio to usher it out.
I hadn’t had a dessert plate in a while, so I helped myself to dried fruit, Israeli pop-rocks chocolate, and almond butter. MMM!