Monday, January 28, 2013
That's how far I ran on Saturday...well 9 miles but I think it sounds pretty cool in inches lol. As with all of my longer runs, this one was no less a learning experience. My BFF and I went to a state park (Petit Jean for you Arkansas peeps). Whit wanted to eat breakfast at the lodge there so we did. We ALWAYS get waffles for breakfast at this lodge because it brings back a lot of childhood memories. I was nervous about eating something so sweet before the run but I didn't use any syrup so I thought I'd be alright. We ate, walked around for a bit, and then started our run. Even though there are trails to the waterfall we ran on the road because I'm too clumsy for trails. It was very hilly!! Whit is an amazing runner and is currently training for her 2nd full marathon but she stayed at my pace and was a fabulous cheerleader. In some ways it was one of my better runs because I had her there to cheer me on and keep me going up the hills when I wanted to stop. In other ways it was one of the worst because I threw up a tiny bit lol.
That morning I forgot my Shot Blocks and so I didn't have any fuel for the run. Whit had an extra chocolate GU that she said I could use. At mile 4 1/2 we stopped so I could stretch and take the GU. First, let me say how delish it was...tasted JUST LIKE chocolate icing!! But my stomach doesn't handle sweet stuff very well when I'm heated so after a tiny taste of it I almost threw up instantly. I'm not sure if it was just because of the sweetness of the GU or the combo of it and the waffle. From that point on every so often I'd be running and I would gag and one time some stuff came up...yuck!
I've always had issues with my right knee, it swells and aches and whatnot every time I work out. For the most part these days it eventually recovers and I'm fine. Well on Sat after the run I notice that my left knee started having shooting pains going through it. This really concerned me since it is my "good" knee. I've babied it since then and today it seems better but I'm still worried. This Sat is a short 4 miles so I'm glad it will have a little time to rest before the next long run next weekend.
I'm still trying to figure out my diet and how to lose weight but still have enough energy for these longer runs. It didn't work...today I'm up 4 lbs from last Monday :(. Part of that is probably contributions from it being that TOM but it's probably because I ate too much as well. It's all so frustrating!!
Hope everyone has a good week!