August 11, 2012

Long run love

Oh my freaky gosh, my long run today was the exact opposite of last week's train-wreck run, and guess what worked -- my fueling.

As I was lying in bed unable to go to sleep at 11:30 last night, I felt slightly hungry, so I grabbed a bagel. I was chomping as I was counting down from 100 to try and lull myself into sleep. In the end, I was unable to sleep until 1 a.m. My heart was beating from nervousness over not hearing my alarm and waking up. No, I didn't have any caffeine, but I was still hyped up and wound tighter than a pair of purple skinny jeans. Somehow after all of the non-sleeping, I still made my 4:30 wake-up call.

Here was my morning fueling:

1. Drink a glass of water.

2. Eat a bagel.

3. Drink another glass of water with a heaping tablespoon of soaked chia seeds.

4. Eat caffeine-free GU gels at miles 6 and 12. First time to try peanut butter and banana strawberry. Both very meh-ish flavors. Some Sharkies at mile 17.

The pack of Sharkies upped the junk-in-trunk ante. 

5. Water and Gatorade every 3 miles or so.

Remember how my brother planned to arrive at my house at 5 a.m. to watch my kids so that I could take off to run? Then we planned to meet at mile 12 so that he could finish the run with us while pushing my twins in his double jogger.

I think part of me just assumed these plans would not work. The early meeting time, the random meeting spot, the fact that last week's run was so shoddy.

Well, I was wrong, wrong, wrong. After a full night of thunderstorms, I woke up to dry skies. My brother made it in perfect time for me to jet to the running group's meeting spot. I called my brother at mile 9.5, and I'll be dad-gummed if he wasn't ready and waiting at mile 12. The twins gave me a warm reception which amped up my energy level for the second half of the run.

Thanks, twinners, for making life cooler by frequently referring to zombies and ninjas.

At mile 17, I tried to talk my brother into just hitching a ride back to the other car, but he refused to hear it. He repeated about 20 times, "I didn't get up at 4 a.m. so you could run 17 miles." Because you know, 17 is so much less than 20. Coach Big Brother forced me to get a move on. Then we not only finished the 20, but we accidentally ran 20.9 trying to route back to the car. By the end I was begging to stop, and I think I told my brother that he was the meanest coach ever and that I wanted to stab someone (possibly myself) in the eye.

But we maintained our pace through to the end, and I was happy to finish 20.9 in 3:05, average pace 8:51, a tad faster than our goal pace for the day -- 9:12.

The fueling continued after the run:

1. Half a protein bar immediately after the run. And water!

2. 1.5 hours after, two slices of pizza. More water.

3. A healthy dose of Nutella.


 4. More water.

5. Two more slices of pizza and carrots for dinner. I'm trying to finish off leftovers quickly because our fridge is on the fritz.

6. Some animal crackers + Nutella. More water.

7. Another slice of pizza.

It's hard to plan well-balanced meals with long-run brain. Thank goodness we had pizza leftovers and Nutella, or I may not have survived the post-run fueling.

Long-run brain (and hair) in full effect.

My heart is crying over the Olympics ending tomorrow, but I know what could make it better -- if Puma would start selling these shirts again.


Bolt may be the cockiest athlete at the Olympics, but if I were giving medals for most awesomest customized shirt, he would also win gold for that. C'mon, Puma. Sell this shirt to me, please.

How was your Saturday run? 

What will you miss most about the Olympics? 

Would you buy Bolt's shirt?

34 comments:

  1. Awesome blog. So happy you and bro and twins had a good run. No running for me this weekend, getting over surgery. And no blogging -but if I did run and blog, the post-run fueling section would read: "8 pc box fried chicken and 6 pack beer." period. (lot snappier than than that never-ending, bite of this, nibble of that, then 10 min later . . .) hahaha :-)

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    1. I was thinking about you at yesterday's run. Hope things are healing quickly! And now I want to hit up KFC.

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  2. Great job on your run and your brother is quite the motivator!!! Nice pace girl! :) Both runs this weekend went well! I will miss the gymnastics, track and field, and swimming the most. I would NOT buy Bolt's shirt...I don't like cockiness...confidence, yes, cocky, no...but I will give him credit that he is fast as hell.

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    1. I know -- it's a shame that Bolt is so darn cocky.

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  3. My Sat run was sucky, but you gotta have those, right? I think they make me stronger mentally!!!! I WOULD buy on of those t-shirts. Bolt is amazing - cocky or not! I have loved the Olympics and am very sad they will be over today. Great job on your long run BTW!

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    1. I had that crapster run last week, so I feel your pain.

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  4. I have serious pace envy. You are fast!!
    I'm sad that the Olympics are ending, I love the worldwide party! I have to say, Oscar Pistorius was pretty amazing and I loved the bib swap between him and Kirani James of Grenada. Very cool!
    Enjoyed my long run yesterday! I was running a half marathon in my hometown so I ran the 3 miles from my house to the start of the race. A fun way to get all my training miles in!!

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  5. You're a champ! Almost 21...dannnnggg girl. I'm surprisingly not sore today though, so I can tell I'm getting stronger! Next 20 miler- I'm there the whole time ;) I did take a good 2 hr nap at the hospital yesterday afternoon though.

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    1. Yay for not being sore! I took a one-hour nap, plus slept 10.5 hours, plus took a four-hour nap on Sunday. 20 miles wore me out.

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  6. I had my long run today. 7 miles....I know that doesnt sound long but I am training for my half marathon. I was pleased but with only 12 weeks left I need to get busy and push hard. Also I have to eat better because Im not near my goal weight yet. 12 weeks and hope o pull a 12 pound weight loss. Erica

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    1. Hope your training continues to go well. Good luck with your weight loss! Obviously, based on this post, I need to work on eating more veggies post-run.

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  7. Awesome job!! And I would TOTALLY buy Bolt's Puma shirt. I was saying the other night that I wanted one; maybe Puma will come through!

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  8. I am glad to hear your long miles rocked. I can only imagine I will feel the same way in the upcoming weeks when my 20 miler approaches. I may not sleep for days beforehand. LOL!!

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    1. Just when you need sleep the most, it is unattainable. I just purchased some melatonin. Maybe that will help?

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  9. We did the half-way stroller meet up too, only reversed. Felt like I was flying once the kids were gone! Nice 20.9, and I liked seeing what you ate beforehand, which I always find tricky at such early starts.

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    1. I'm so impressed with you stroller pushers! My brother was the one pushing on Saturday, and I got tired just looking at it.:)

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    2. I definitely prefer my solo runs - but I have had some nice pr's since I started pushing the double, so that's the only reason I don't plop them in the gym daycare everyday. :)

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  10. Nutella and pizza. Yup, sounds like the perfect refueling plan to me. Approve!

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  11. Awesome run!!! Great pace! Can't believe you did 20.9. I'm the wxact same way after a long run. I eat wverything in sight. Hey, you deserve it, you just burned 2400 calories. Nutella bs pizza is perfect!!

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  12. Nice run and awesome pace. I think I need to fuel better to get through longer runs. Yo brother rocks for playing coach!

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  13. I absolutely LOVE that your brother pitched in like that! So very cool. And I'm glad it was a fantastic run--those confidence builders are the best!

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  14. I would buy Bolt's shirt, if it was reasonable priced of course. :) I'm going to miss all the sports coverage of the Olympics! I love my Track and Field athletes, but they never show meets on TV. I was able to watch all my favorite events any time...

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  15. Yeah, I'm not much of a fan of the PB Gu either. I picked one up just to try, and it was "eh".

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    1. I need to restock the Shot Bloks. The only GU that ever excited me with its taste was Chocolate Outrage. That junk was good.

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  16. Great job on your long run this week! Glad it went so much better for you this week. Nice choice with the post-run pizza-that's my go-to post-race fuel. Heaven help me the day my stomach decides to have pizza after long runs.

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    1. Obviously I couldn't stop with the pizza. Darn you, Papa John's!

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  17. Great work on the 20.9 miles!!! So exciting. Excellent work.

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  18. great job! my long run was AWESOME this week. 16.2 (training for my first merry-thon Denver R+R) I'm running with three other ladies and we rocked it! Only our fourth run together (9, 9, 15, 16.2). We're hitting the 9:30 to 10 min miles. FEUL was huge for me this week. Clif shot blocks and GU. I stayed ahead of it this time, eating before I needed to. Wondering if weaning my 14 month would improve my performance (I've still got about 15 lbs of prego weight to drop that won't budge). We live in paradise aka Lake City, CO....so training is pretty much like a dream every Sat morning.

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    1. Woohoo! You are so going to rock Denver! I only started running after my kids were born and done nursing, but I've heard some of my friends say that they couldn't drop weight until after they stopped nursing. But I say as long as you are still producing and want to nurse, I would keep going. Nursing is so great for the kids!

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  19. Stunning run....you make me want to run a long way instead of sitting on the sofa and eating ice cream!!!

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  20. Amazing run girl! You're lucky to have such a cool brother! Mine sure as heck wouldn't do that for me! :oP

    I love Bolt, and past the cockiness I think that he's actually a kind person. I like the way he interacts with the volunteers, and all that he's done for his community is pretty cool. Wasn't Carl Lewis super cocky too? Like to the point of losing sponsors? I know Donovan Bailey is a class A arsehole, guess it just comes with the territory.

    Your duck lips are giving your Sharkies bootie a run for it's money! LOL

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  21. Okay, I know this post is old now, but I'm just catching up. And I have to tell you, you are like Kristin Armstrong's twin (Lance's ex-wife). She has an awesome blog, is a great runner, and has a fantastic brother that comes and babysits her kids (including TWINS!) at the break of dawn so she can go run. So minus the whole used-to-be-married-to-Lance-Armstrong thing, you guys are practically the same person!

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