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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

11 Miles...And It Was Good!

Thank you all so very much for all your words of encouragement and advice concerning last week's horrible 10 mile run! Your kindness meant so much to me!!!

I know that I have to find the right balance between losing weight and fueling for my runs. I probably should have waited until I wasn't training for a half marathon to start this weight loss journey but I have been putting it off for a while. I knew I needed to start and start then. I didn't really think about how it would affect my training. But that's ok. I'm learning!

So in preparation for Saturday morning's long run I decided to eat more than my suggested calories on Friday. I also decided to stick to what I know works for my for dinner! I will admit that I felt pretty guilty for eating that pizza because I knew it would make me go over my calories for the day. I only went over about 200 calories but I still felt guilty. But I also knew I needed fuel for the next day. And pizza ALWAYS works for me.

The next morning I got up and got dressed for my run. I had butterflies in my tummy. I was nervous! I was scared of a repeat of last week. I didn't want to feel that no energy feeling again. I wanted to run strong and run happy and really enjoy it!

The run started out the same as all my runs...the first few miles were tough. But once I got to mile 4 I realized I was doing ok! I felt fine. I still had gas in the tank! And I was enjoying the run and my surroundings!

The first 6 miles were solo. After the first 6 I met my Sole2Soul Sisters and ran the last 5 with them. But first I refueled with some Huma Gel...the new blueberry flavor!

And yes that's my Paigey posing with me!

Then it was time to run again! Only 5 more miles! I was still a little nervous. Would I have enough energy to make it? This was the point of the run last week that got so hard.

We started running and so far so good! It helped having others running with me too. I got through the next few miles and was still feeling fine! I was getting tired (which is normal on a long run) but it wasn't enough to make me want to quit or walk. Around mile 9 I knew I was going to be ok. I was going to do this! That pizza was working!!!

I was so happy at the end of the run! I did it! I ran 11 miles and it felt good!

So for now...I'll be eating pizza the night before a long run as well as eating a few more calories than normal that day. Hopefully this is my balance.

QOTD: What is your go to meal the night before a long run or race?



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