This week is off to a great start!
Sorry snowed in friends, this run was a sun shiny, warm one. I was looking for the shady spots especially on the way back. You can poke fun at me when it’s foggy + cold all summer long. Deal?
I busted out my trusty Wave Riders and ran to Old Fisherman’s Wharf, which probably wasn’t the best idea. I forgot it was Presidents Day so the trail was busier than usual. But it was also cool to see everyone being active on a beautiful day.
I was wishing I could just sit on the bench, but I know the chances of me getting up and finishing my run were slim to none so I didn’t even try it.
I found my new mid-run water fountain. Bonus points for it being in the shade!
Unlike most of my runs, I knew I wanted to do a long run before I set out. The key to running long is to start out slower than you think. Then again, take my lame advice with a grain of sea salt since I’m no pro.
I kept a comfortable yet medium challenging pace the entire time and didn’t pay attention to my Garmin. I was surprised to see my average pace was 8:52 which is pretty fast for me right now and makes me wonder what they would have been if I went balls out. Hummm, anyway my splits: 8:53, 8:53, 8:59, 8:50, 8:47, 8:45.
My hamstrings were tight so I stretched and foam rolled post run. That is until I got cold and put on a hoodie and wrapped my paws around a hot cup of coffee. Totally the norm around here.
Side effects from a long run are: loss of appetite for a day, my core feels tight and sore, tight hamstrings, a lot more productive like can’t stop, won’t stop status, and counting down the minutes until I get to run again.
After lunch which I had to force down because I did not feel like eating, I got ready to grocery shop at Whole Foods. I figured I’d fit right in with my hippie hair. Just a couple days away from being that white girl with dreadlocks. Yah, that would never happen, I’m too obsessive about washing my fur.
In other news, I’ve been thinking about doing a 1 day juice cleanse. Nothing crazy, I don’t even know if I could make it through that. Ha! I’ve always kinda been against them- I think whole, natural foods + high quality protein are the way to go, but a juice cleanse has also piqued my interest. One day can’t hurt, right?
Having IBS I wonder if it would actually help “reset” the digestive system. Has anyone done one? I’d love your thoughts. If you’re not for it, I’d love to hear your thoughts as well.
Though I haven’t decided on the cleanse, I picked up this Columbia Gorge juice. It’s really refreshing + clean if that makes any sense. I’d totally buy it again, or better yet, make my own. I think the ingredients are green apple, cucumber, romaine, celery & parsley.
***Edited to add the winner of the Whole Foods gift card is Rachel!! Congrats!! Please send your email info to skinnychickblog @ gmail dot com.
What are your post long run side effects?
What are your long distance running tips?