A Little Improvement

This morning, I ran 10 miles with my group. The run went better than last week’s hot mess and my pace improved by 30 seconds.

I’m not saying the run was good, just better. My endurance is in the crapper and honestly, I am really struggling out there. I’m sure it’s a combination of the humidity and my lack of long runs lately. I can’t tell you how many times Brad told me that a water stop was just around the corner to keep me from walking. Plus for the past 6 weeks, I’ve cut my daily carbohydrate intake in half. I know that’s not helping.

After talking with Brad, I decided not to run with my old group. He doesn’t want to take a step back in training and I agree; I think our old group would be a detriment to our pace. So we are going to suck it up…for now.

When we met at 5:30am, our pace leader told us the plan was to run 5 miles at a 10:00 pace, run 3 miles at a 9:00 pace, and then the last 2 miles at a 10:00 pace. He wanted us to practice running faster on tired legs. My legs are already sore from Crossfit last night, so I did not love this idea. I lasted for about a mile and a half before I had to take a walk break, so that 9:00 pace only happened in my dreams. And in the stories I’ll tell other people about this run in the future.

Once Brad and I made it to the water stop at mile 8, the rest of our group was already leaving. Or so I thought. Brad and I were getting ready to run our final two miles when our pace leader came up behind us. He waited for us.

Then I got all nervous that he found my blog somehow and knew I was complaining about him leaving runners. That’s probably not the case, but who knows? It was a little awkward for me.

So the plan for next week is to increase my carbs for breakfast and see how it goes. Also, I usually don’t fuel during a 10-miler but I think it’s probably time to break out the PB&J’s again before I’m found hungry, sweaty, incoherent, and eating grass in a ditch.

I’m glad this run is over and I’m looking forward to it getting easier. There’s always next week, right?


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10 responses to “A Little Improvement

  1. My run today was crap as well. And it sounds like yours wasn’t THAT bad, so there’s that. Runners need carbs. End of story. Eat a bagel. Or some oatmeal. 🙂

  2. MammaBird

    Sounds like you should have slept in today! !

  3. angie

    Great run! I’ve been really struggling too. I have no clue why. The humidity is usually 85-100% when I start running , but I honestly feel like there’s more to it like I suck or something 😉

  4. I think I’ve just accepted that all runs in the humidity will be crappy, and I’ve officially started living in a fantasy world where I’ll magically be significantly faster when the weather cools down. On the bright side – the run got done! Pretty or not. For me, usually not.

    • Paula

      Me too! I’ve decided that cold weather is gonna put me at at least a 7 minute mile. Now, I just need Florida to have cold weather at some point. I’ve been waiting like, 30 years, and I feel like it’s gonna happen soon.

  5. I would definitely agree that upping the carb intake would be helpful, though I have recently read studies that carbs 2 days before a long run is best and protein the night before is better than carbs. I’m also wondering if CrossFit the night before might be affecting your runs? I’ve never done it so I don’t know how tired it leaves you the next day, but I know that any kind of workout I do on Friday’s makes Saturday long runs a lot harder. I hope next week goes better!

    • Paula

      I’ve heard that about carbs 2 days beforehand. Usually I don’t have any problems in the carb department but I realized lately that’s something that’s changed recently. I need to fix that! 🙂

  6. You definitely need more carbs, lady. I don’t know how you’ve been surviving thus far without them. I also don’t know how to pick up the pace on tired legs — it really is a miracle that I can shuffle through the last 2 miles of any long run.

    Also, how do you pack said PB&Js… I am intrigued by this idea as much as I am repulsed by my current manner of refueling on runs which is shot blocks.

    • Paula

      I cut them in half and wrap them individually in Saran wrap, and then I put them in my sports bra. (<— the only benefit of being flat-chested) They get a little squished but that actually makes them faster to eat.

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