I ran 41 miles again this week. My runs started out very well. I rocked the speed (9 miler with 12X400 intervals @ 6:20-6:26) and tempo (8 miler @ 8:05, with 3miles @7:05), and survived the recovery run (you all know I hate those) by listening to an NPR podcast. I was very excited about the 18 miler since my last 20 miler went so well. But, the running Gods were not with me today. Enter hot and humid (even at 6:45am when I started my run). Enter...getting my period at 5:30am. Enter...cramps. Enter....me drinking too much water and puking at mile 13. Enter...me cutting the run short....15 miles@ 8:26, with last 2@ 8:20.
I was absolutely crushed and had a little temper tantrum in my head (have learned to keep those to myself). I am not a fast runner, but I am mentally tough and am used to pushing through. Not today, though. Between the cramping, and puking, water dripping all over me, and feeling nauseous...in a moment of weakness I decided to stop and not do the last 3 miles I had planned on adding from the corner of the street (where I hid a bottle of water).
As soon as I started feeling better (physically), I decided that I had to run 3 more miles today. Make those 5, as "punishment". Make them be fast miles, and during my son's nap when it's the hottest of the hottest. How much meaner can I get with myself? In all seriousness, even though running 20 miles/day in 2 separate segments (15 and 5) does not equal running an 18 miler without breaks, I think it certainly is better than running only 15 miles. Legs felt GREAT. We got some rain, and it was cooler than in the morning, so I ran the 5 miles @ 7:35, with negative splits - not too bad. This was the first time I ran twice in a day and....I loved it. Next week, I am running 20 with Katie, and I am NERVOUS. I mean, she is FAST, like a 1:31 HM PR fast. So, of course, I am worried about keeping up. Hopefully she'll take it easy on me:)
I don't do much advertising here, so when Janny from POM asked if she could send a box of pomegranate juice my way, without asking me to review it on the blog, I said, sure, thanks. I knew about the stuff as my in laws have been using it for a long time. It's filled with antioxidants, has as many calories (or a tad more) as orange juice, and has a sweet tangy taste. I absolutely love it. It's too sweet (for me) to drink straight up, so I mix it with seltzer, or add it to my recovery shake - tasty and healthy. My 4 year old, on the other hand, hated it and spat it out right onto the floor...So, folks, go buy some POM. It's healthy, it tastes good, and it may cure (or prevent) some of your ailments.
Since we are on the topic of free stuff...Lindsay is giving away running energy (aka GU). Check out her blog - she is fast and funny - but DO NOT ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:)
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