Sorry for the delay in post today, it has been a crazy day!
Let’s get right into it with the winner of the chia seed giveaway:
Congrats to Nehal who said, ‘I usually try to fit in some yoga on my rest days. I love the free 20 min. sessions on yogadownload.com!’ Nehal please email me firstname.lastname@example.org with your address. Congrats!
Don’t despair if you didn’t win, I am having another chia seed giveaway tomorrow! :D You can also check out Julia’s Compassionate Cooks Recipe giveaway going on until Friday!
I was up early this morning baking + packing up my orders. I knew I wanted to go for a long run, so I got a good 3 hours of work done by 10am. As I get busier and busier, I am going to start my baking earlier and earlier because it really gives me a jump start on the day. I love knowing that I already finished 3 orders before 10am!
Back to my long run today…
I ran SNAKE EYES!!!!
11 miles, baby!
I didn’t see fairies, rainbows, and unicorns like Saturday’s run, but I would say it was still a decent run! I can’t really complain. :) I didn’t bring any homemade energy gel with me today because I wanted to do a little experiment and see how my body managed without any fuel. I definitely noticed a drop in energy from miles 7-9 compared to when I have the gel.
Murder Hill Route
Distance: 11 miles
Duration: 1 hour 55 mins 43 secs.
Avg Pace: 10:31 min/mile
Max pace: 7:38 min/mile
Max HR: 165 bpm
Avg HR: 146 bpm
I stopped to walk for about 30 seconds almost every mile.
I rocked out to Nirvana, Green Day, and Offspring on this run. I totally love running to old school music! I had a couple blissed out moments on this run, but no where near the running high I had last Saturday. Today’s run felt like all business. ;)
I noticed today that I am a bit ahead of schedule in terms of my long runs and where I thought I would be. I have 17 days until my half-marathon, so I might fit in 2 long runs and still allow for a taper week. But, I’m not sure.
What do you guys think about running the actual race distance the week before the race? Initially, I wasn’t going to run 13 miles during training, but now that I have a bit more time, I am considering it.
Do you think it is beneficial to run the race distance beforehand or do you think it just increases the rick of pre-race injuries?
I think I will probably stick to my plan and make 12 miles my longest run. I don’t know if running 1 more mile will help me that much more.
Beating Exercise Fears
Eric and I went on a hike the other day and guess who had another snake encounter??? MOI! I don’t know what it is with me and snakes when I go hiking! We were hiking in a really rocky area and I thought to myself, ‘Oh my GOSH, snakes LIKE rocks!!!’ And not even 2 minutes after, I saw a black snake right by my foot! It looked like this:
Only it was about half the length as the one photographed and a bit skinnier.
I screamed ‘SNAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ and ran as fast as I could. Eric laughed his head off. I think my heart rate jumped about 40 beats/min.!
Anyways, I swore I would never come back to the trail to run because I was so scared. But, then I thought, well that is a bit silly. I love trail running.
So yesterday I strapped on my sneakers and had a lovely trail run, even though I was terrified of coming across another snake. No snake sights this time! Sometimes, you just have to face your fears and ignore the mental tricks your mind plays on you. I will admit, I was really scared on the trails yesterday and I was VERY jumpy at the smallest rustling noise I heard. I actually screamed when I heard a squirrel in the leaves! LOL. But, I kept on!
Have you ever overcome an exercise fear? What was it?
I need to get back to work despite wanting to sleep under my desk. ;) I am going to take the next 1-2 days off of exercise to rest up. I may do 20 minutes of light walking tomorrow to see if that improves my recovery.
Enjoy your Wednesday!