It’s Sunday evening, possibly my least favorite time of the week. Who wants to stare a full week in the face while remembering their wonderful weekend? Certainly not me.
This morning I had 6 miles on the agenda and I was determined to make it a good long run. Two weeks ago I ran a rough 5 miles but I avenged that run last weekend at home. So this weekend was my first long run taking on that painful route and I was ready to do my best!
I was up early at 6:45 on my own, but I managed to sleep for about another hour. Then I got up and had the same breakfast as yesterday: toast and applesauce.
After breakfast, I watched the Today Show and Meet the Press before getting ready for my run. I had a lot of things to coordinate:
- Sunscreen: I’m trying to be better about wearing sunscreen when I run, especially as summer rolls around.
- Fuel: I didn’t need any food for this run because it was only 6 miles, but I like to have water for a run this long or longer, so I wore a fuel belt my parents lent me with one bottle of water and another of half-strength Gatorade:
Ready to go!
I drank some water and Gatorade throughout my run, starting at mile 2 and taking a bit every mile after. I felt like it definitely helped me keep going because I wasn’t thinking about being thirsty!
Around the end of mile 4, I realized that my goal of “under an hour” wasn’t going to happen unless I picked it up. I decided it would be a fun challenge to see if I could beat the clock and finish in under an hour:
My pace was comfortable enough during my first 4 miles that I felt like I could push it for the last two and not feel like I was pushing myself too hard. I just felt challenged and determined to reach my goal! The hardest part of this run was the last mile because it includes a pretty long uphill, but I tackled it with my favorite running song and came in under an hour!
Lunch was leftovers from Friday night over some fresh brown rice, and a smoothie on the side: