Something I really need to keep in mind is just how long long runs take. Getting up late and then running for 3 hours or so is really going to put a dent in your day. Just FYI to future me.
Because I felt better after some extra sleep and because I knew schedule and snow-wise that this was the only day I could really make this all work out, I packed up my GU, mixed up some Gatorade, and went for it. I am always amazed by how quickly time can pass when a run is feeling really really great. I really enjoy my running route and have come up with various modifications of it so that I can use the basic loop for almost any distance. The sidewalks were still not amazing, so I stuck to the side of the road when I needed to. The weather was beautiful and the wind wasn't too bad. I made it maybe 6.5 miles and decided I should probably eat some GU. Now, I hadn't really thought about the combination or flavors, but do yourself a favor and get peanut butter GU and grape Gatorade. It works. You're welcome. One more suggestion- make sure you buy regular Gatorade and not G2. It's good, but I probably could have used the extra stuff in the regular kind.
|Just don't look at it while you eat it.|
Something else I've noticed about running later in the day- all of the pizza places are open for business and smell amazing. And they are everywhere. Winchester and Woburn are full of pizza places, funeral homes, and cemeteries. I'm not kidding, check it out.
I made it through about 11 miles with only breaks to walk on the snow and ice and then a couple of stops for traffic lights. Nothing too crazy. I decided to mix a little walking in now because of the "walk before you think you need to" advice. It's a hard thing to gauge.
I really felt great during this run for about 14.2 miles. Then (as I said on DailyMile) I wondered if I could call a cab. Is that allowed? My toes were sore, knees have seen better days, and I had stepped in a big puddle around mile 12. I was out of Gatorade and water and the wind picked up just enough to make things a little annoying. I made it. It wasn't pretty, but I made it. I got home and had to take the dog out. If any neighbors were looking out the window at the idiot in running tights trying to clean up after her dog, they must have had quite a laugh. It was an ordeal. A long and painful ordeal.
I got home to stretch and "foam" roll. Oh! So, the roller I bought wasn't quite enough. I got some advice from my boss at the YMCA and bought PVC pipe. No kidding.
It works. It is 10x more effective (for me) than a foam roller. I'm not a doctor or an expert, so please don't do anything I say without checking in with one! I will say, it's a little weird to get used to because it's more slippery AND it's staticy, so there will a hair/fur situation. Also, your dog will try to put all of his toys on your lap as you roll your hamstrings.
Thursday afternoon and night was little tough. Not as bad as I thought, but not super comfortable. Plus I had to face these at rehearsal:
This week is a little step back week, so my long run is only 12 miles. That sounds wonderful. This week, the snow is supposed to come tomorrow and Thursday, so I may even get to run on the weekend.
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