Snake Eyes

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 9, 2009

Good afternoon!

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!’ Nehal please email me [email protected] 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!


Snake Eyes

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.

The run:

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!


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Amy September 9, 2009 at 4:36 pm

I like to have run the actual distance before a race, but I wouldn’t do it the week before. Usually I try to do it like 2 weeks before. Though I must say, 11 and 12 miles are so close that I really don’t think you need to! The high will for sure push you through that last mile.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Yea that’s what I am thinking too! Better not overdo it!


Kerri September 9, 2009 at 4:37 pm

I have never run my half or full marathon distance before doing the race. Especially before full marathons it is severely looked down upon. Your body needs to fully recover from a long distance so that it can feel like a monster finally unleashed from it’s cage on race day. By letting your legs properly rest and storing up some energy — your excitement and energy will bound through the roof RIGHT when you need it to!

I would suggest sticking to your plan….it’s there for a reason! The last thing you would want to do is get overly ambitious and then risk injury!

Those are my thoughts at least =)



Angela (Oh She Glows) September 9, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Great advice!!

This part gave me the most awesomely funny visual:

“Your body needs to fully recover from a long distance so that it can feel like a monster finally unleashed from it’s cage on race day.”

I love it.


Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) September 9, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Offspring is the best to run to! Congrats on the run!


Amanda September 9, 2009 at 4:40 pm

I only ran up to 12 miles in my half-marathon training, and I felt completely prepared for the run. Plus, it was really exciting to actually be setting a personal distance record while completing the race!!


YogaFab September 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Congrats on the 11 mile run. I’m not much on running, but you make it sound like fun :). I’m obviously more of a yoga kinda girl myself :). Love me some old skool music when I’m working out. It always makes the time pass by quicker or so it seems.


Kristin September 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm

When I ran a half I did not run the actual distance. I kind of wondered if I would actually make it or not but I felt confident the day of the race and did just fine!

As far as over coming fears I was never much of an exerciser but got into doing triathlons when I was 20. Then one summer I took a cycling instructor course. I waited almost a full year before I actually taught a class but now teach cycling regularly plus got certified to teach Zumba and Group Strength! For someone who never exercised to someone who gets up in front of others to teach it I’ve come a long way and got over a lot of fears!


Leah @ Simply Fabulous September 9, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I think you know this, but my longest run before my half was 8 miles and it went just fine… so i’m sure you’ll do great. Good job on such a good run today..


Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm

EWWWWWW I totally saw a black snake like that on my trail run when I was on vacation last week. Yuck Yuck Yuck!

Congrats on the snake eyes.


Shelly September 9, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I’ve worked a 13 miler a couple of weeks ahead of the 1/2 marathon I’m training for into my training plan. If I am behind on my training, I won’t do it and I think I’ll be fine, but ideally I’d like to knock it out b/c I tend to have a real fear of the unknown and I know I’ll be in a better place mentally at the start of the race if I know what running that far feels like.


Paige @ Running Around Normal September 9, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Ewww! I would have freaked out at that snake too!

Great job on the 11 miles! I’d just stick to the plan you created. To me, it sounds like a great one.


Lindsey (Mrs. LC) September 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Haha you and snakes sound like me and spiders – a couple weeks ago I FREAKED out. I got into Ross’ truck and there was a spider – I started shrieking. It was ridiculous, I’ve never reacted like that in my life. It was legit though, the stupid thing started crawling on my skirt. Hubs to the rescue. :)


Jenna September 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Hey dear! Awesome job on rocking out on the run! I am so proud of you :)

I am nervous to run race, I haven’t overcome that fear yet, but I hope to soon!


Karen September 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm

For a half marathon, I can totally see running the full distance beforehand–but if you don’t regularly run 13+ miles, I’d make sure to do it around 10 days before (rather than a week beforehand) so you have a chance to fully recover and you can have fresh legs for the race.


Richard September 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm


I suggest you rent a couple of the Anaconda and Anacondas movies (there are four of them in the series, now out on DVD). Once you see the 30-foot snakes gobbling people up on the DVDs, the little ones out of the trail will seem less threatening. Call it de-sensitization training, or something. Then again, you seem to be doing just fine, as is. An occasional shriek, about something in life, is permitted.


leianna September 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I hate snakes, but hiking sounds wonderful!
I’m doing a half marathon next year, so can’t wait to see what you do, but I would do the 13 miles beforehand, just to accomplish it and know you can do it, but still have enough rest time! Good luck!


Sarah September 9, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I ran the full marathon distance before my marathon (with the Jeff Galloway method ( you do that), and I actually ended up with a hip injury that lasted for over a year! I know that is a bit different, but I do think that it’s unnecessary to run the full distance beforehand. Many people run full marathons with only 16 miles as their longest run under their belt! Also, like others have said, it’s better to run the full distance with more time before the race. For marathons, a lot of people recommend your full distance is about a month in advance (though again, marathons are slightly different). Great job on your training!


Stephanie September 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm

First of all, congrats on the 11 miles. That’s amazing! If I were you, I would stick to your training plan. You’re right, 1 mile won’t make that much of a difference anyway. I would wait for race day to complete the 13.1 miles…it will be that much more memorable!


Claire September 9, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Snakes!UGGH!Quite a theme.hehe…


Katrina M September 9, 2009 at 6:07 pm

hey angela…. my race is only 10 days away!! yikes!! :) my last 3 weeks of long runs were 10, 13, 10… so i did the full distance about 3 weeks before the race, but that was just because i really wanted to KNOW for myself that i could do it. but i think 12 would be sufficient too. my problem is i don’t know how much/little to taper for this weekend (the week before the race). i thought i remembered hearing somewhere that half the distance of the race was good for the week before, so that would be about 6-7, but i’m not sure if that’s too little? i guess i will just see how i feel. i want to make sure to give my legs rest though so they can start storing up some energy! it’s too bad i can’t get any of your globars down here in the US yet so that i can store up lots of carbs for my run! hehe


Alexia September 9, 2009 at 6:11 pm

hey Angela,

I have the exact same problem with snakes, in fact the same thing happened to me this weekend while hiking with my boyfriend, except it was the tiniest little baby snake right under my feet! and I still let out a scream. I just lose it when I see one…lol….and then of course I feel so silly after, dunno what it is but I decided that my problem with them might be due to the lack of legs (I like lizards) :)


Tay September 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Amazing – congrats to you!!! Before my half, I did run one 13-miler and one 15-miler. But they were part of my training schedule and were earlier in the training. The week before my race I think I ran 10 or 11.


Niki September 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Before my last half marathon, my longest run was 10 miles the week before the race, and I did just fine for my race. After mile 10, it was great to think that, with every step, I was running further than I ever had before!


Alexia September 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Oh, and about your half marathon training, I think you are totally ready to run the 13 mile, always listen to your body but if your feeling great on your next long run, you should just go for it!! As long as you don’t push yourself past the muscle and joint aches (save that for race day) cause now is not the time to recover from injury. Just remember to run at a slower pace then your race pace.

I ran 13 miles once before my first half marathon and it was challenging but I am so glad I did it because it is good to know exactly what your body is gonna go through, and gives you an idea of what pains and discomforts (blisters, chafing, cramping etc.) you could avoid for the next time. For instance, when I ran the practice 13 mile, I just got a blister between my toes for the last 5 miles and it was insanely painful, so I knew I should wear bandaid tape around that toe on race day, and it worked!



Angela (Oh She Glows) September 9, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Funny you mentioned blisters because I got two small ones on my 11 miler today that I didn’t get doing under 11.


Lainie September 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm

I just have to say CONGRATULATIONS for running 11 miles – that is incredible. I have no advice whatsoever about what’s best to do in the future (I’m not a distance runner), but I wish you nothing but the best in your upcoming race!


Kristin (Kristins Nibbles) September 9, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Congrats on running the 11 miles!
I never run the full distance so close to race time-if you want to, 2-3 weeks before I’d say. But you don’t want to kill yourself!!



Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Running itself was actually always my exercise fear. I avoided it because every one in my family was naturally good at it, and I wasn’t. I definitely didn’t throw on my shoes and magically run 5 miles (my dad and sister both did)–but starting slowly and understanding that I’d get better eventually got me over that one.



CJ September 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm

My training plan suggests 13 miles this weekend, then 10k next weekend as a taper but I’m going to do 12 instead.

I really want that PDR during the race itself and think it’ll be so much more exciting that way! I’ve run 10 miles before at race pace and if I can run 12 miles slightly slower I know I can do both miles and time so I’ll be fine on race day…great job on the 11 miles today!



Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness September 9, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I would start tapering soon!

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[email protected] September 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Personally I wouldn’t do the 13 miles the week before- maybe 2-3 weeks before if possible. You really notice a difference if you give yourself that extra time to rest and refuel.


Cara September 9, 2009 at 7:14 pm

As for overcoming a workout fear, mine is a little different and doesn’t involve any creepy animals (well maybe it does?)
When I was in university I would regularly workout at the school gym because it was free. I would go everyday of the week and I was always the only female in the whole gym, surrounded by many male onlookers (some men classify as creepy animals, I think!) it took me a while to overcome the insecurity of being the only woman there, but after a while I just didn’t care and it became the norm. I just stuck with it and then it didn’t bother me.


skinnyrunner September 9, 2009 at 7:16 pm

i’d say to run the full race distance if you have time and don’t feel too overworked or overtrained. mentally, i think it gives you a boost to know that you’ve finished 13 before on your own and you can do in the race setting as well.
but i definitely don’t think you HAVE to run the full distance if you don’t feel comfortable fitting it into your plan.


Pam September 9, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Congrats to the winner and it was spiders!


Pam (Highway to Health) September 9, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Congrats on the great run! My biggest workout fear are long runs but I’m slowly growing out of it!


Shannon September 9, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Congratulations! I just did 11.1 miles the other day for the first time. What a great feeling. My half is in mid-October, so I have a good deal of time. I’m much more ahead of where I planned to be, so I’m not sure what to do either. In the end, I think if we’re up to 12, or even 11 miles before the race, we’ll be fine on race day. I don’t have a particular time I’m shooting for, as this is my first half….I just want to finish feeling good!


Marilyn September 9, 2009 at 8:48 pm

You are so amazing Angela! Someday I hope to be as in shape as you. I’m proud of myself for running 5.5 miles yesterday, and I have a 10K on Sunday. I’m going to take it easy between now and then, but I wanted to know that I could run almost the whole thing! I have a half marathon coming up in mid October and probably won’t be able to run the whole thing :(


angieinatlanta September 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Congrats on your killer run!

My exercise fear is definitely getting lost on runs; I am so scared that I’ll run to exhaustion and not know how to get home!


Susan September 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Woohoo! Congrats on the distance Angela!! :D I lovelovelove trail running. I hated running until I discovered the trails around my house. It completely changed the experience for me!

I would probably do the 13 miles first. But that’s just me. I know you’ll be able to finish come race day without doing it beforehand :)


maggie September 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Hey Ange! Awesome job on the distance! Sucks I didn’t win the giveaway…oh well..guess I’ll go buy some anyways :)

Oh I’m also hosting a cookie giveaway! Come check it out!!



Rebekah September 9, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Nice run Angela! I think you’ll be fine only running 12 before your first half. I only ever ran 10 miles before my first TWO half marathons and I did just fine.

My biggest workout fear is that it doesn’t pay off, as in I don’t get faster at running or my abs will NEVER be ripped ;)


Lele September 10, 2009 at 12:24 am

My greatest exercise fear is going to a class and being in the worst shape there. Like, I work out regularly and am in good health, but the idea of going to a city boot camp class is terrifying to me. For me, the ideal workout is at my gym at home during school holidays when it’s me and the retirees and I am the youngest, limber-est person there!


Pam September 10, 2009 at 7:15 am

Congrats on the super long run!

Soo for some reason this morning, I woke and said to myself, “get up and glo!” lol. Apparently your blog has influenced my life.



Madelin @ What is for breakfast? September 10, 2009 at 7:39 am

Congrats on your run! Well done. I like to practice the race course first (if possible) so I know what I’m in for!!


Laura September 10, 2009 at 7:41 am

Our half group long runs prior to race day are:
We always run the full distance for our half training and if the clinic is longer, we go up to 22km. We get a full taper/rest week in however so we are well rested.


Kristen September 10, 2009 at 9:11 am

For my first two half-marathons I didn’t run the full distance before the race. For the first one, I’m glad I didn’t and for the second I wish I had. If you feel like it will do more good than harm, go for it but if you are questioning whether or not it is a good idea, maybe it isn’t. Listen to your body and I’m sure you’ll make the right call.


Kelly September 10, 2009 at 10:21 am

I think you are safe running a max of 11 miles before your half-marathon. You don’t want to overdo it from a training standpoint and on the day of the race adrenaline will push you through those last 2.1 miles! :-) When I was training for my first half marathon, my max training run was 10 miles! And when I was training for my first full marathon, my max training run was 18 miles.

You are ready and will do great!


Dotsie September 10, 2009 at 11:35 am

Yiiiikes, I don’t like snakes either. After Hurricane Katrina, I left New Orleans and went to stay with a cousin in College Station. I had absolutely nothing to do but HEAL and I walked around the lake she lived on—only to be followed by an angry looking dog who GROWLED the whole entire way around the lake. I was scared out of my mind! I was told to carry a stick when I walked. I didn’t walk around the lake alone after that!


Sarah September 10, 2009 at 12:59 pm

When I did my half marathon training last year, I never ran more than 11 miles and I did just fine. However, I don’t think if I had run 13 before the race that it would’ve made that much of a difference. I made sure to have that longest run almost 2 weeks before the race so I had enough time to recover and then taper leading up to race day. Good luck!


Kayzilla September 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm

lol. I’d react the same way. Not so much if I was forewarned there was a snake, but the whole surprise thing doesn’t run too well with me.

Btw, do you know what’s up with your RSS feed? :( I’m not getting anymore RSS updates, and it kinda makes me sad.


Lauren September 10, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Hey Angie!

First of all, what a fantastic run! Way to go girly!!
Second, I’ve heard the same about not running the full amount of miles of the race beforehand. I really don’t think it would be harmful to run the full thing beforehand; however, I think they may suggest this for more of a mental approach (espeically for first time marathoners) so that when you are racing and you are approaching that final mile or two, your motivation sky rockets because you realize you are reaching a new PR! I think you should do whatever you think is best for you physically and mentally and you will do just fine.

Thanks for your sweet good luck wishes for my 1/2 this weekend. You know I will be only sending you the same motivating and postive vibes when you run yours in a few weeks. I wish we could do our 1st 1/2 marathons together, but I guess we will just be with each other in tought and prayers! :)

Take care hun!


Jeri September 10, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Hey. I just started following your blog recently and love it. :) I have my 5th HM this Sunday, and this is the 1st time I’ve ran the 13.1 as a training run. I did it 2 weeks out though, and only did 12 last week, to allow my legs extra rest time. I really enjoyed it and felt like it gave me a HUGE boost of confidence. I’m planning on doing a 14 on my next training plan just for something different (ok really just for a personal distance record :p).


Carms September 10, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I dont have any personal expierience with marathons but I personly feel most confident in myself after I have done the expected distance before hand!

I really enjoy your blog!

Congrats on the 11 miles!


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