Monday, February 06, 2012
I knew it was time for another long run today. This whole week I did not do that much running. It was partly difficult to find the time and my energy levels felt a little low so I only did a short mid-week run of about 3 miles.
Since I knew that training with the Maffetone method for several months now had prepared my body to burn more fat for fuel I decided to eat a fairly low-carb breakfast of yogurt, 1/3 banana, some cranberries and nuts.
I went out for my run about two hours later on a nice country road with wheat fields on both sides that only have stubble on them this time of year (looks like some of the farmers are doing the no-till method now). The road surface was chip-sealed and there were some hills. It was a beautiful run in sunny weather and it got warm enough that I could take my windbreaker off and run in just a t-shirt. I felt like I had a good level of energy today. On the way back I saw a Bald Eagle soaring overhead, the first time ever in our area and about a week after someone saw one in our town, and I could not take my eyes off him, making me run backwards for a little bit to watch.
My half-marathon is now just under 4 weeks away and I ran 10 miles today.
It took me 2hrs. 20 min. exactly, average speed about 4.3 mph, average heart rate was 135 bpm, but most of it was lower than that. I felt so good at the end that I decided to speed up a little for the last mile and let my heart rate slowly increase until it was up to 153 bpm at the end of my run. I was still not tired nor out of breath when I finished which felt great.
Later in the day I ran a few more miles with the dogs so I know I've done about a total of 13 miles today and I still have no soreness in my legs at all, I'll have to see how I feel tomorrow.
I burned around 1400 calories through exercise today.
My eating has definitely shifted away from grains/starches this week. I've included several servings of vegetables/day, about 2/3 of it raw, and to my surprise have not missed bread. My husband likes some more grain and probably needs the calories but I've really never liked plain-tasting foods.
Today I had some great salads for lunch at our co-op deli: kale slaw, cabbage/sesame/nut salad and a chicken-mango-veggie salad, all grain free. Afterwards I decided that after all that running I deserved a little treat and bought a small gluten-free mint brownie. Of course it still had a fair amount of sugar in it. It was delicious, but the amazing thing (for me anyhow) is, that I really enjoyed it but was quite happy to eat only half of it, saving the other half for my daughter. I can't remember ever not having finished a really good brownie.
I did not get too hungry for dinner, either, and had some spiced ground beef and an arugala/tomato salad.
Tomorrow is my day off and hopefully we'll be able to go ice skating and if the weather is good I'll try to take my horse out for a ride.