As I mentioned before, today was my official long run day. I set out for 16 miles and actually completed all 16! Don’t get me wrong, I walked every now and then, but I finished the distance. I set my alarm for 7 and rolled out of bed at 7:30. Looking back, I probably should have shot for earlier since Dallas is warming up (today’s supposed to be 89!).
My stats from today’s run are not exact. As I finished the 16th mile, I turned my Nike Plus off to stop the workout and my ipod decided to completely restart! Thus, erasing all the mileage I just completed. At that point, I was so tired I almost burst into tears. I hate my ipod! So unreliable! Luckily, I was wearing my heart rate monitor so I have an idea of the exact time. Here are the stats (I think):
Marathon Training: Week 14
- Distance: 16.00 miles
- Pace: 8:25 min/sec (maybe a little more…? less?)
- Time: 2 hours 25 minutes (maybe..)
- Calories: 1, 114
Not too shabby! I’m just happy I got it done. I have a tendency to get really worked up about keeping a fast pace during my runs. I read an interesting article in this month’s Runner’s World that said, “you’re training to race, not racing to train.” Long distance runs are incredibly important when working up to a marathon, so I tried to keep the distance I was running in mind. Don’t get me wrong, I still checked my pace almost every minute because I’d love to run 16 miles at an 8:00 min/mile pace (and I’m crazy). But, especially since today was my first day back to long runs, I tried to concentrate on the distance.
During the run, I came across some challenges most long distance runners face. First up:
Usually, I’m sniffing constantly during a run. I know a lot of runner’s just get rid of the runnyness by, this is gross, snot rockets (is there another term?). Basically, closing one nostril and shooting the, um, snot out of the other nose. I never do this during runs, or any other time in my life. I just feel like I’m being gross or not ladylike? I decided today I was sick of being ladylike so snot rockets here I come!
I tried them out a few times during the run and overall, they were more or less a success. I’m pretty sure some landed on my shirt, maybe my shoulder, but I have bigger problems to worry about during these runs.
If you’re a runner, how do you handle the runny nose situation?
Yet another unladylike part of running. I’m not sure if I’m getting sick (please no!), or if it’s allergies, but I’ve been a little stuffed up the past few days. Spitting is another thing I usually try to stay away from because, well, it’s gross. Today, I reached a point where I was okay with spitting. I’m not sure what the proper technique is so I just throw it out there. Which is totally gross.
Today, it was okay since I was pretty much alone on the trail. During a race? Not so much. So we’ll see what happens….
Bugs are a little out of your control. But they’re still super irritating! So far, Dallas hasn’t been overly buggy, but Chicago summers definitely were! I remember heading out for my 20 mile run when I was training for the Chicago Marathon a couple years back. It was kind of a humid, summer day so the bugs were out in full force. This time around, I had chose to run therefore train for the race by myself. The year before I trained with Team in Training. It’s definitely easier to train with other people!
Anyway, I was out on my brutal run and swear had ran into like, 200 bugs. I wear contacts so I could feel bugs hitting my eyes, but couldn’t mess with my eyes too much or I wouldn’t be able to see! When I finished the run, I was pretty sure I had swallowed at least 30 bugs. I walked in the apartment and asked Cliff if there were any bugs in my eyes. His response? “Oh my god! Yeah!”
Being completely exhausted at that point, I started sobbing. I checked my eyes and sure enough there were several black bugs in my eyes…gross! This really has nothing to do with runner’s etiquette, it’s just a gripe :).
As I mentioned before, Dallas has started to warm up. Around the 13 mile mark, I took my shirt off. I’ve never done that before! I know it’s not a big deal, (I’m obviously wearing a sports bra), but I still felt uncomfortable. The trail was mostly empty but every now and then someone would run, walk, or bike by. Every time they did I felt like throwing my shirt back on! You’d think I was running around naked.
I tried to remind myself that I am hot (literally, sweating, red face…really hot). There was only 1 water fountain on the trail (and I didn’t bring any), so I was also feeling very dehydrated. Although I didn’t want to offend anyone with my shirtless running, I also didn’t want to pass out from heat exhaustion. So, shirtless it was!
If you’re a runner, do you struggle with proper running etiquette? What does it mean to you?
During the 2 hours I had to myself, I also re-discovered a great power song! Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” There’s something about it that’s incredibly motivating. If you need a new power song, try it out!