Good morning! This morning I woke up at 7am to do a 6 mile run but it was raining. I waited until 8am and everything had cleared up so I knew it was better to do now than this evening when it’s stifling hot.
I set out on a different route this morning than last week and it helped to switch up my scenery. I passed tons of kids walking to school by themselves which just re-assures me that I’m running in a safe area.
The palm trees always make me smile on my runs. There’s just something about palm trees that I love. Probably the tropical feeling, although I would have given anything to jump into that pond behind the trees.
Around mile 4 exhaustion hit me. The humidity was 94% (according to my weather app) and it felt like 90 degrees. My clothes were drenched and my legs felt heavy (again). I had to stop for a minute to stop the side stitch that wouldn’t go away.
This is probably the best picture of me I’ve ever seen. Going to have to frame this one. 😉
I kept pushing and at the 5 mile mark I decided to just push my finger into my side and keep running. This was something my track coach taught me and it helps with side stitches. Although I’m sure my side is going to be sore later today.
I finished 6 miles and was drenched from head to toe. Through all of that I kept a good pace for myself which I was happy about and finished the 6 miles in 51:47. An 8:37/mile.
I was so happy to keep a steady pace, I’m really trying to keep this up for the half marathon.
Recovery looked like this:
My right knee always gives me trouble during long runs. Last year for training was pretty rough on my knee and it’s angry at me for starting up training again. Ice is a life saver!
I then did this stretch routine from Women’s Health Magazine. It felt great!
My recovery fuel was a Banana & Strawberry Protein Shake. In the mix:
- 1 frozen banana
- 4 Strawberries
- 1 scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 tsp of Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of Rolled Oats
- 1/2 tbsp of Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
This smoothie lasted for 1 minute, I was SO hungry and it tasted so refreshing. One tip for runners that I would like to share is to always stay hydrated! It’s so easy to think that drinking water before your run will keep you hydrated but it won’t! I like to run with this Nike water bottle. For $15.00 it slips on your hand and has velcro to keep it tight along with a zipper pouch to store your keys, running gels, etc.
Or you can always hide a water bottle at a halfway point the morning of your run.
Last night I spent some time reading up on running. Here are some great articles I found:
101 Great Running Tips– Women’s Health Magazine
10 Ways to Improve Your Running– Shape Magazine
Do you like to run? If so what is one tip you would share? If you don’t like to run what is your favorite form of cardio?