Yesterday, I did a 5 mile trail run with a friend - I was pretty sore from it this morning. I slept in, took my time to loosen up, waited until I felt a bit more recovered. I had debated postponing the 16 miler to tomorrow, but I knew there was no way I had 4 extra hours to dedicate to my already full day (all day work, evening networking event). I had to just try it out and hope for the best.
Here's a quick summary of my run, from pre-run prep to post-run care.
- Power breakfast: steel-cut oatmeal + 10g protein powder (whey) + 1 tablespoon of Almond butter + fresh blackberries = nutrition and yummy taste!
- Hydration and fuel prep: Water, Heed mix, and pasty mix of Perpetuem in a flask (and on to my fuel belt)
- Dynamic stretching and warmup
- Mental prep
- Miles 1-4: from home to the Marina. cloudy but no rain. a bit of a wind. easy strides, not even thinking how many more miles to go, as it would only discourage me
- 5-8: back towards home. started drizzling around mile 6. left glute slightly starting to hurt. took forever to find the right fit with the left shoe - adjusted shoe laces at least 6 times
- Stop at home, refill water and change into something warmer, as I was freezing for some reason
- 8-12: rain starts POURING down as I run back out. however, only lasts about 10 minutes, then drizzle, then...at mile 9, sunshine. still windy. around mile 10, a bit of dizziness started bugging me, feeling a little nauseous... went away in about 15 minutes. left glute really starting to hurt.
- 12-16: kinda in disbelief that i'm still able to run, while appreciating the 1 minute walk breaks every so often to stretch out my hips. at mile 13.3ish, my left hip (in the back) snapped and almost felt like the joint repositioned itself or something. It was painful, but it was quick. calves were really burning, piriformis (both butt cheeks) were HURTING. However, amazingly, I was able to pick up speed in the last mile, up to my first 4 mile speed! I didn't understand where I was getting all this energy. I could have gone 2 more miles if I were forced to. Unbelievable feeling of joy and surprise as I finished.
- Recoverite: has protein and glutamine, helps muscle recovery. the chocolate taste doesn't hurt! Hammer Nutrition products have been so amazing for me - love their quality products (Heed and Perpetuem are also Hammer products)
- Rewarding myself with my favorite Triple Berry Cake from Sweet Lady Jane! Our bodies can absorb and burn off pretty much whatever we eat within its first 20 minute window after an intense workout. I took advantage of that window :)
- Coffee - caffeine eases the pain
- Stretch - hamstrings, calves, hip flexors, quads...
- Ice - on those hips!
- Hot shower
I couldn't contain the surprise and joy I was feeling from today's run. Another milestone, but this time achieved under superb conditions. I hydrated regularly, I refueled every 30-45 minutes, I started slow and maintained consistency, I just thought about the finish...not when I would finish, but that I will finish, I will not give up, and that I'll be so happy when i'm done. And so it happened.
My muscles are definitely more sore than my usual runs - I ran harder, and I ran the longest. It reminds me of how sore I was after my first half marathon nearly 4 years ago. I've come a long way.
Had fresh veggies and lean chicken and beef for dinner - and drank a lot of water throughout the evening.
Next weekend is 18 miles. I can definitely do it!!!
Usually fatigue reaches its max 2 days after a big event - at least for me. Tomorrow I'll be ok, but Tuesday could get a bit challenging. If there are any random changes, I will update...until then, I will just enjoy the awesome memories from today's unexpected triumph.