It’s Saturday! Therefore…long run.
Poor Mr The Rake. Because it was long run today, I decided I needed a Pad Thai carbo load (how romantic – date night at a Thai place so I could get my carb on), and an early night. So by 10pm I was tucked up in bed with the alarm set for 6:20am.
But something worked for me, because I got up, ate a banana (yep, sticking with this pre-run fuel!) and headed over to the gym.
The chiro put me on 7km runs this week. Naturally with my terrible sense of spatial awareness and no watch on I stuffed up.
I was told to run out hard with another man in the group, and we ended up doing 10km in 47 minutes. I was shocked.
Must have been the get chicking shirt I wore.
I jumped on to the elliptical while the rest went out for breakfast, and added another 15km for today’s grand total of 25km.
Everyone needs a chance for a bit of a brag
So here’s my brag for the week. But the deal is, you need to tell me yours, ok?
1. I did 25km today!
2. I ran 10km faster than I ever have before. It made me so happy to realise that all of that training is paying off.
3. I had a fit test on Thursday, and I did 30 push-ups on my toes in a minute. In April, I had to do push ups against a wall. I had no upper body strength.
I also learnt a few things today. Like that pushing my body that far is exhausting.
The couch was taken…
I had my first ever post-long run sleep. And I needed it!
It also reinforced how important it is to eat properly before a long run. I’ve learnt the hard way that no carbs = no long run.
Salt. It makes sense, but I had never thought about salt loss as a problem before. While I was on the elliptical, one of the trainers mentioned that I could add a bit of Celtic salt to my water for long runs, which would:
a) Keep me hydrated (because the water would stay in my body) and
b) Mean less time running to the bathroom once I did get re-hydrated after a long run.
He also suggested coconut water. Apparently it mimics a cell that the body needs. I’m curious. I don’t think I’ll be taking bottles of coconut water with me, but I would like to try the theory!
So much to learn! Personally, I’m still getting used to using those sickly sweet gels. I can’t believe how effective they are.
Mr The Rake bought me bendy straws. It’s the best day ever.