Friday, December 2, 2011

Next up: 18 miles (in the afternoon)

I'm running long tomorrow.  In the afternoon.  Usually my long runs are in the morning, but tomorrow's schedule necessitates the afternoon.  I'm a little nervous about it.  I know how to eat and drink for a morning run, but what do I do when I'll be heading out around lunch time?  I know I don't want to run on a super full stomach.  But I don't want to be super hungry either.

My plan thus far is to eat a decent breakfast and a mid-morning snack and maybe 100-200 calories before I head out--and then I'll just have my running nutrition.  And maybe drink some Nuun in the morning also.

Last week I ran 17 miles and my plan for tomorrow is 18-19.  Next week I'll hit my first 20 and then drop back for a week.  I know I only need to run one 20-miler, but I think I want to fit in two.  We'll see how it goes!  My race is now less than 8 weeks away, so I need to solidify these last weeks of training since my initial schedule got altered.

I am loving my new shoes!  They feel different from any shoe I've run in so far (which has been 3-4 pairs of the same shoe) but it's been good.  I have had less hip/back pain this week than normal, so maybe they are helping with that as well.  Yesterday I pushed the double jogger for 5 miles and felt great.  I didn't use any Glide on my feet and I'm not getting the troublesome blisters in my arches either.

Christmas is going to be here before I know it...and then the race will be right around the corner.  I can't believe it!  I'm excited and nervous, which I'm sure is how I'll feel on race day as well.

I guess I need to start thinking about my next race and goal.  I think I may go for a 2-hour half again and beat my 2:09 PR hopefully.  Strength training and speedwork will be high on my list.

I'll report back later tomorrow or this weekend.

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