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A Long Run With a Coach and Someone Made Me Make a Spice Stop

A Long Run With a Coach and Someone Made Me Make a Spice Stop


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.

Scary, right?

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.

I had my running belt, gels, water, phone, RooSport pouch and Polar RC3 GPS. He had nothing, not even his phone. It was a bit like being overdressed for a party.

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.

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  1. 1
    Laura says:

    Congrats on the long run. I have 12 tomorrow morning. Wish we got to see some beautiful scenery like you did!!
    Though I have done long runs by myself, for the RW half I have been training with a group/friends and it is so much better. They usually keep me at a faster pace then when I go at it alone. I’m just like you- as slow as possible…..And *gag* no thanks on the gels! But I am ok with clif shot blocks. or gummi bears 🙂
    p.s. signed up for my RW festival sessions today. yay!

  2. 2
    Christine says:

    I would have scarfed that in 5 seconds! Nice job on the run. BTW, I do all that stuff on my runs, too. probably why i am slow. but hey, its the life of a blogger. i have to share my run with my friends. 🙂

    Carry nothing? Couldn’t do it. I stuff everything in my flipbelt.

  3. 3
    Allyssa says:

    LOL. I have a good friend I run with and he’s also a running coach and way faster than I am. He’s an ultra runner and so since he just wants mileage in general he tags along with my slow self and pushes my stroller for me. Anyways, what made me laugh is that he also never brings anything along with him. No water, music, phone, gels…nada. He can just run. Endlessly.

  4. 4
    Laura P says:

    Way to go on your long run! I need to find more people to run with, I definitely think it can make you a faster runner.

  5. 5
    Jill C. says:

    Congrats on that run! Coach sounds like torture, but the good kind of torture…wait, what? Haha, I hope you get to enjoy a restful day tomorrow!

  6. 6

    I get excited when I can make it half a mile at an 8:20 pace. Way to go on the awesome, speedy long run! When I was running more, like I wish I was now, I would do almost all my runs at a nice slow pace. You should run at a pace that’s fun for you! Unless your being competitive in a race, then you should push your hardest through the last near the finish!

  7. 7

    For the first time every last week I got on a treadmill and did a progressive paced long run. I worked my way down and finished the last 4 at marathon pace – I used to ALWAYS take my long runs short, so this was new to me but I was so shocked at how well I handled it. Ready to do it again tomorrow! 🙂

  8. 8
    Kathy says:

    How exciting for you….it sounds like he was a great running partner/coach.

    Have a great weekend!

  9. 9
    MILF Runner says:

    I’m still awe-struck by three weeks of consecutive 19+ mile runs knowing what I know about your hip. I really want to know how it feels. Does it just not feel like any big deal? Does it get sore at all? And going shopping right after your injection…woman, you are hardcore. I pretty much hobble around for a good day or so and just take it super easy. Also, I have found that a week after the injection my inflammation is at it’s height. What’s been your experience? Has it all just been all-good-all-the-time? You are so fortunate!

    And then about the fueling thing…your muscles can utilize fat if you have fat to access! Girl, you are so lean! There is a certain amount of fat that the human body needs to be healthy and fully functioning…please take care to not get into that reserve! Way to keep up with Mr. Speedy!

    • 9.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Not 3 weeks- I had a recovery week in there. 😉 I’m amazed too. Crazy that your inflammation is at it’s height a week after your injection. What are you getting them for again? Oh man, hang in there.

  10. 10
    elizabeth says:

    Jason seems like a good running partner. I only have dogs as running partners.

  11. 11

    Love that you took us along! Like reading a story with pics & a view! Congrats! I think you should try to do your runs or at least some with less pic taking & all & just enjoy & be in the moment! 🙂

    Long runs for me do not even come close to yours!!! 🙂

    So you like the GU best for long runs?

  12. 12
    Nicole says:

    You are so awesome!

  13. 13
    Natalie says:

    I have no local friends that run, haha, so all my runs are solo. During long runs my goal is to keep my pace at or below 9:00 so far I have succeeded. I was using sportbeans but switched to the mini Larabars. I think my body handles real food better anyway.

    I love all the Stuft Kitty pics 🙂

  14. 14
    Jennifer mykytiuk says:

    How cool that you got to run with coach Jason! I’m jealous! I don’t know how you motivate yourself to do long runs by yourself! I would totally take forever or talk myself out of them if I had to go alone. I always do long runs with a friend and we definitely pace ourselves although we make more bathroom drink stops on training runs that race days. Way to go by the way! That was very fast!!

  15. 15
    Amie says:

    I usually tell myself I can go as slow as I need to on my long runs, and then I usually end up speeding up 🙂 How do you still look cute after running 19 miles?? And remember something for your boys?? Super mom!

  16. 16
    Michelle Kim says:

    Whoa! I only got to read this post now (busy Saturday for me). I also did a long run yesterday, and after 21 miles, decided to do more miles (which never happens). I think it was the fact that we took the other miles at an easy pace (we= running group). I like to try to finish fast in all of my runs.
    Great 19-miler. What an incredible pace, and what a great coach for challenging you throughout the whole run!

  17. 17

    You are amazing! Congrats on the run! I have never done a long run with a friend – I get kind of nervous that I won’t be having a good day or won’t be able to keep up! Good for you for powering through.


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