It’s a rest day today, so I am spending the morning with a cup of coffee & blogging in real time for you guys : ) In about an hour I have a volunteer orientation, and then a busy day of getting things ready for the first wedding event of the week! If you are just tuning in, my boyfriend Ryan’s cousin is getting married, and so it has been a bit of an adventure trying to get ourselves organized for the reception which is in the lower mainland (which, if you are unfamiliar, means that we will be taking a ferry from Vancouver Island over). From booking a hotel at the last minute to switching said hotel to one that had a last minute cancellation, and a mix up with outfits and finding a new one, it has been a time, to say the least! Not to mention all the day to day things that go in there as well. I just shrug my shoulders because at the end of the day, everything will work out if you believe it will!
Today I wanted to chat about my long run yesterday. In yesterday’s post I talked about the smokey skies in our area due to all the forest fires in our area, and so I have been running on the treadmill a lot. Like, every single run pretty much, a lot. While this is good and it works – and luckily I even have a treadmill otherwise I’d be choking out there in the smoke – I am eager to get back onto the trail and the roads around me. This meant that my long run was going to be on the treadmill, as unfortunately the smoke still hasn’t lifted. It took a lot of mental toughness to get me through 29km on the treadmill (that was almost 3 hours of running for me at my slow & easy long run pace). Doesn’t that sound insane!? You’re probably wondering how I did it. Well, I had some help from my friend Netflix and watched one and a half movies.
Half of this one – always a classic and good for a laugh!
And Moana! We have had this on our “Watch Next” list for a while now (and I say WE because yes, Ryan wanted to watch this too), but I jumped the gun and watched it without him while I was motoring along on the treadmill yesterday morning. It was such a cute movie, and at one point I felt myself getting emotional. And so there I was, half an hour into the movie trying not to cry whilst at the same time trying to breathe properly and run and not trip and fall off the treadmill.
So, yeah. If you ever do a long run on the treadmill, I strongly recommend watching a movie (or two… or three… but that’s a really LONG treadmill run!) to help pass the time.
Overall I felt really good after this run. In the last 45 minutes my legs were starting to get sore, but I would push as far as I could before giving my legs a break and walking it out. Hey, no shame in the walking game. Walk when you have to, crawl if you must, just don’t stop. After my run was over I got all my smoothie fixings into the blender, then stretched, foam rolled, and had an ice bath again. I think it truly does wonders in flushing out the legs, as I am not super sore today – knock on wood. Next Monday is my longest run of the training plan – 20 miles – and it’s also my peak week of the plan. I am trying to nail down pre-run fueling as I have been experiencing some tummy troubles (like an emergency bathroom break after an hour yesterday, so it was probably a good thing I was at home on the ‘mill!), so hopefully that will all get worked out in the next 8 weeks. The long runs are a great way to test your mental strength, not to mention ensuring your body can go the distance. It’s funny because I think about when 8 miles used to be my long run. Now it’s just a casual Wednesday run. Last week 16 miles felt impossible. Then I did it. Yesterday, 18 miles seemed impossible. And I did that, too. All it takes is a bit of positivity & the belief that you CAN achieve it. You are so much stronger than you think!
Anyway, I am going to finish my coffee and do something with my crazy hair. That bun life, you know? Have a great day everyone!