Good afternoon. Hey hey, it’s Friday! How exciting is that?
So I was super nervous about a little something that happened this morning.
I had a run appointment (date, meeting, whatever).
With a coach.
Maybe not for some people, but I got myself all worked up about it like it was a race because, well, because that’s what I do.
With my training plan I had a 22 mile run for this weekend to do. Earlier in the week I was talking to Jason, a local running coach that I have worked with in the past leading up to the Carlsbad Marathon 2013. We decided to do a long run together today.
I’ve never done a long run with someone before. Just my normal long run podcast friends Jillian Michaels and Dianne Sanfilippo (from Balanced Bites and the 21 Day Sugar Detox). Ha.
Jason is a coach, he’s a doctor who knows his stuff and he’s darn fast. The pressure was on.
We were supposed to meet at 6 am, I was running late (shocker) and we met more like 6:15 am.
Wait, I take that back, he actually had headphones, but I told him that I was going to talk to him the whole time so he wouldn’t need them. Ha ha.
We met down in Mission Bay. It was beautiful and overcast. A huge difference from my long run last week.
We set out with a goal of 18-19 miles.
I thought I’d take quite a few pictures during our run, I was wrong. When I snapped this second one about 3 minutes in, I got the “Kristin” with the “put your phone away and just run” tone.
So I did.
I just started asking lots of questions instead. Ha ha.
One topic I asked him about was the whole carbohydrate and endurance athlete thing. You always want to have a good amount of carbs in your system when setting out to do a long run.
Jason alternates his long training runs by doing some without any gels along the way and then doing them with gels.
He says it’s good to train without gels sometimes. I remembered he talked about that at one of the conferences before, but I needed a little reminder of why.
Three main reasons:
1. It forces the muscles to use fat more effectively when running because they run out of carbohydrates.
2. It helps your muscles resynthesize and store more glycogen during recovery.
3. It helps train the liver to be better at gluconeogenesis (making more glucose from amino acids and lactate).
Pretty much it helps your body prepare for the stress the actual marathon race will have on your body. Alternating workouts when you make yourself run really low on glycogen (so that all three of the above take place) and then doing some when you do replenish with gels like you would on race day (to make sure your stomach can handle them, etc.) is a really great way to train.
I’ve never done more than 16 miles without any gels or electrolyte drinks. I generally only do 1 gel though on long runs, 2 if I feel like I really need fuel. I always make sure to eat breakfast though beforehand so that helps.
By mile 13 I figured I could whip out my camera again. I mean, we were right by freaking Sea World. Totally picture worthy, right?
“Come on Kristin”. There it was again. That tone. The stern coach tone.
Ha ha. My camera went away again.
By mile 14 I was struggling to keep up big time. We had held a pretty consistent pace of about 8:20-8:30/mile.
He wanted to speed up, I wanted to slow down. I told him he could leave me. He didn’t. What a guy.
I went in for my vanilla GU at mile 15. Decided I better bring it and that working hard is part of the process in life and running. I also thought about RUNEMZ who has been running on the treadmill since last night at 8 pm. Not only has she been just running for charity though she’s been tweeting and posting on instagram while on there. Seriously, if she can do that, I could run 4 more stinking miles with this guy.
So I did. Not by my choice the pace picked up that last 4 miles to an 8:00/pace.
Then after asking me multiple times if I wanted to go a little harder (I answered “no” every time), Jason asked one more time if we could run a little faster for the last mile.
Finally I said “okay” when we were right about here.
That’s right, if he was going to push me to go faster, I was going to take another picture on the run.
We finished strong and had to do an extra little loop to hit 19 miles.
Conveniently we finished right in front of the fancy Bahia Hotel.
Oh hey, don’t mind us. We just ran 19 miles and would like to pose in front of your hotel. Um and yes, I’d say our shorts were a little drenched. Lovely.
The plan was to go inside the fancy hotel and get some ice cold water.
I thought about eating every single thing at the buffet,
but since we didn’t have money and were dripping sweat all over their dining room floor, we made do with the waters.
I did ask the nice ladies for these cool pirate masks and coloring books I saw behind the counter though to bring home for the boys.
I can’t wait to show them.
And, whelp, that was that.
I survived my first paced 19 mile run ever in my life (besides races).
Obviously it called for double fisting some water.
And, heck, not a darn bad place to end a run, right?
Oh water never tasted that good. Why is it so much fun to drink in a cup with a straw?
Coach went in the water while eating a Power Bar.
I got my feet wet only
then scarfed this Larabar down in less than 10 seconds in the car on the way to my prolotherapy appointment.
At the doctor’s office I checked out our total time.
Pretty funny that I ran 1 mile less this week (didn’t make my 22 mark I was supposed to), but the time difference between last week’s super hot 20 miler and this week’s 19 miler was 1 hour and 15 minutes. Even my run to the beach took me 3 hours and 36 minutes.
I’d say I go pretty darn slow when I’m by myself.
I told Jason that I go really slow and he asked why.
I said that I stop to go to the bathroom, fill up water, take pictures, text Andrew, etc.
He asked why I did all that.
Hmm…… I guess I really don’t know. Why don’t I run a little faster on my long runs? Why do I make it worse by taking forever?
Something to think about…. Maybe it’s Jillian’s fault.
After my doctor appointment I made a quick little (but very necessary) pit stop.
It was my last (8th) prolotherapy appointment, I had just run 19 miles and it was down the street.
It wasn’t MY idea anyway, it was his.
We had to do something for Flat Kitty Friday.
Plus we ha a coupon.
I didn’t do as much damage as my first trip to Penzeys. This time we knew exactly what we needed.
Fancy cinnamon was first.
And to be honest I don’t totally remember exactly what made it in the basket.
Definitely some good stuff though.
Oh hey look, still sweaty and double fisting again.
Keeping it classy.
And that’s wrap friends.
Thank goodness it’s Friday. Those darn cassava “fries” I teased you with in my last post will have to wait. I’m pooped.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Do you ever do long runs with friends?
Do you pace your long runs or just do them as slow as possible like I usually do?
What about gels? Do you take them or do you ever try to go without?
Have you been to Penzeys yet? It’s one heck of an amazing place. I even convinced my doctor to go there. He he.