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Today’s Long Run

As I mentioned yesterday, today I planned on doing my long run of the week: 9 miles. It’s actually scheduled for tomorrow, but I figured since I didn’t have to work today and my brother and sister in law are in town,I should just get it over with as soon as possible. I went over to White Rock Lake which has a trail that is about 10 miles long. It’s really pretty and definitely nice to get a change of scenery one in a while.

Overall, the run felt pretty good. I can definitely feel the pressure on keeping my pace down in order to qualify for Boston. I kept checking my pace about every minute or so just to make sure I wasn’t going too slow. It turned out I went a little fast…but as long as I feel alright, I’m okay with faster. Here were my stats from today:

  • Distance: 9.01 miles
  • Time: 1 hour and 13 minutes and 10 seconds
  • Pace: 8:07 min/sec
  • Calories: 779

In order to qualify for Boston, I have to run the Eugene Marathon in 3 hours and 40 minutes or under (for my age group-it’s different for different ages and sexes). If I ran it at this pace, 8:07 (which is really fast I think…) I’d finish in around 3 hours and 35 minutes.  My goal is to run at a pace of at least 8:20 min/sec. The last marathon I ran (Chicago in 2009) I finished in 3:44 hr/min. so it does seem possibly. But still, that pace of 8:20 kind of intimidates me….but we’ll see. I’ll just keep on truckin’.

After my run, I had an awesome lunch! We made pulled pork again with some of the wild boar we have (we will literally never run out, ever. So, I hope you like pork recipes!). We slow cooked the pork for about 8 hours with a bottle of Root Beer. I found this unique recipe on AllRecipes.com.

After the 8 hours, we drained the liquid and added some BBQ sauce. We slow cooked it for another 3 or 4 hours, then it was good to go!!! This turned out really good!! I love pulled pork…I could eat it everyday! Which I guess is good because I have a lot of pork to eat.

Today, I had it on one of those fiber rich wheat tortillas with some cheese and a side of broccoli.

nom nom

wee side of broccoli

I also chopped up an apple and microwaved it for about a minute. I topped it with some pumpkin butter (yes, I still have pumpkin butter. That recipe makes a LOT).  I’m really diggin’ these microwaved apples. They’re a little soft..and with the pumpkin butter or cinnamon, have a similar taste to apple pie.

Not quite apple pie…but close enough!

After I stuffed my face with lunch, I decided to ice both knees for about ten minutes.

showin' some leg

Like the red socks and crocks? I know, it’s pretty sexy. Maybe I’ll start a style page…

Anyway, it’s so easy for me to blow off icing. I really hate doing it, especially in the dead of winter. But I guess it could be worse…I could still be in Chicago where it was a brisk 5 degrees today (HA!). I contemplated taking an ice bath after the run…but couldn’t bring myself to do it. Ice bath’s are the worst….I do not recommend them (that’s a lie. I actually do recommend them. They help a TON if you can manage to submerge yourself in a tub of ice…).

Today was just knees. So, hopefully icing them will help prevent any pain after or during these longer runs. If you’re a long distance runner, after what mileage do you start taking ice bath’s?

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

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