Friday, June 1, 2012

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

My last 20 miler.  Hopefully for a long ass time (minus the marathon, of course).  I ran my last super long run route in reverse.  I must say, that was a dandy idea.  Hit all the hills early, while I was still energetic, and coasted down a long decline into town around the 8 mile mark. 

I felt pretty good throughout.  I had my Paleo casserole early, then woke the spawn and hustled them to daycare (why why WHY to they fight putting on their shoes when I have a deadline?!?)  Dropped them off, snarfed down a banana, peed three times (at home, in the toilet), then strapped on all my gear and headed out.

It was overcast and cool this morning, so I opted for long sleeves and was pretty comfortable (surprisingly).  I wore my Door County half marathon shirt.  That's a nice shirt, I must say.  Light and soft.  Hooray and stuff.  One of my co-workers scared the crap out of me by honking when he drove past.  When I run I'm very zoned in on the road ahead.  I notice the cars, but not the drivers in general.  I also startle easily, so a horn?  Jumped right out of my skin. 

As I coasted down University I passed a gentleman at a bus stop.  I said "Good morning!" as is my custom when I'm out running, and he said the same in return.  I kept bopping along and heard "You looking goooooooood, baby!" from said gentleman.  I sort of waved over my head as I continued along. 

Thanks for noticing, random stranger.

I did sort of forget that running through town at 8am on a weekday means a lot of traffic.  It kept me on my toes, anyway, and pretty much the whole route had sidewalks available.  I don't often run on sidewalks, but they beat getting hit by a car!

I wrapped up at 20 miles (I have now done three runs of 20 or more miles while training for this marathon!) and went home for the obligatory ice bath.  I had some sliced chicken and an apple while I was icing, along with a can of coconut water.  I kind of dug the coconut water.  It was a little bit sweet, a little coconutty (duh), and very refreshing.  It also has a fair amount of potassium and magnesium in it.  Bonus.  I caught a shower, got dressed, and came to work.  For a 10 hour shift.  Awesome.  I'm not locking up, though, so that's a win.

The Paleo thing went well today.  I felt good about my breakfast, it worked well as pre-run food.  I ate my usual lunch and dinner stuff, just minus the froyo afterwards.  Tomorrow I'm going to give coconut milk in my coffee a go.  What the hell, it's worth a shot.

And, since I know you've been wondering, the meat cookies were delicious.

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe you ran 20 before a 10 hour shift. I am bowing down if you can't see it from there. You deserve 20 meat cookies!