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as promised...an uber long post!

Posted Jan 29 2011 12:00am
Like I apologized last night for a short post, I apologize today for a massively long one.  Bear with me...please :)

Here are the details on the 8 miler -

I was ready and rarin to go.  I did all my pre-run checks (went potty, had a charged ipod, was wearing the proper workout attire) and made sure I had TWO full water bottles and a towel to wipe off the massive amounts of sweat.  Here was my sweet set up
Once I was all situated, I got right to it.  I tried to set it for longer than 60 minutes and there was no way to override it.  I figured maybe I could just set the cooldown for longer and go from there. 

The first mile was easy peasy (I purposely took it slow).  The second mile was also pretty easy.  By mile three, I was guzzling water.  I was pretty congested yesterday (and today too) and the drainage was making my throat dry, which kind of sucked.  Still, the first four miles were overall easy and good.  Between mile 4 and 5, a guy hopped on a mill next to me who reeked of stale cigarettes.  It was so distracting and disgusting.  It wasn't helping my congestion at all.  The other thing about this guy was he was wearing ridiculously baggy sweat pants to run in (umm...practical, dude).  He kept turning towards me on his mill and just staring.  I really wanted to look over and say, "really, what?!"  I didn't, of course.  Hey, you all know I'm one for staring, but I try to be discreet and don't turn my whole body towards the person!  I don't think he was necessarily checking me out, as much as trying to see how far and fast I was running.  (He was running awfully slow, which was to be expected, otherwise his pants would have fallen down.  No joke).  I was glad when he got off his treadmill.  No more nasty smell or weird stares.

I started getting a little tired between mile 5 and 6, but I was still feeling good.  6 and 7 weren't quite as pretty.  At 60 minutes, the mill went to cooldown and I was able to manipulate it to go another 8 minutes in cooldown, but forced me to keep fiddling with it every minute to change the speed.  It definitely killed my pace as it went way down then I would crank it back up.  I finally just shut it off, snapped a quick pic, and started over.

Here's what it looked like at that point
I immediately started over and got back to it.  My legs were all confused with the pace being changed continuously the last 6 minutes, but I tried to power through.  Then, all of a sudden, I felt a rumbling in my tummy and thought 'uh oh, I may need to take an emergency potty break'.  At this point I was at like .45 miles and had to get to .82 to get the full 8 miles.  I was NOT stopping.  I slowed to a brisk walk/jog for .05 and the feeling passed.  I cranked up the speed a little more and kicked it the last little bit.  The last mile was a crap mile though.  It was all over the place and I didn't feel like I finished strong.  The overall result was 8.01 miles in 72.11.  I know that the overall time and pace were good, don't get me wrong on that, but I didn't like the fact that I felt like death by the end.  That last mile killed me and it had everything to do with the continuous pace changes.

I was a sweaty, stinky mess by the end, but I'm glad I did it.  I stretched a lot and did some foam rollering.  I did some extra foam rollering when I got home too.  Ryan commented that maybe I wasn't ready for the 8 miler.  I honestly don't think it was that.  I think it had everything to do with having to stop and start again and getting all thrown off with pace.  He made the comment, "why don't you just stop at a certain time and restart it way before it goes to cooldown?"  Oh yeah, that one is a thinker.  I have NO idea why I didn't think of it.  Durrrr (that is my official, 'Megan, you're an idiot' noise).  I'll be doing that next time. Please don't judge me for my stupid, obvious mistakes.  Here's a pic of me, trying to feel victorious:


I think I was faking feeling victorious pretty well.  The positive is today I don't feel sore at all.  So that is a victory! 

Here are some stats of the run
-I went through 1.5 bottles
-Had to run next to one stinky guy
-Had only one potty emergency scare
-Felt like one insane person by the time I was done!

Maybe someday I'll attempt a 9 miler on the mill, but for now I'm going to concentrate on finishing that 8 miler feeling good and strong.  No worries, next time I'll follow Ryan's suggestion.

Off topic from running, I tried two other greek yogurt flavors and loved both!  I got the Chobani pomegranate and Fage honey.  Both were amazing.  I'm pretty sure I'm never going back to regular yogurt.  (These ones pack more protein too, bonus!)

mmm, yougurty goodness!

And because I have to talk something unhealthy too....take a look at these cookies.  They are heaven and Ryan and I could probably eat them by the truckload (they're from a bakery at a local market).
chocolate chip with a fudge filling...heaven!

Ryan had a work party yesterday and they had raffles to win prizes.  They were all given 5 tickets and could put them into different drawings (you could put all 5 tickets in the same thing if you wanted).  One of them was a super sweet treadmill and Ryan put 3 of his tickets into that drawing, just for me!  He even told people, "Meg would LOVE this if I won it."  Isn't he so sweet? He used a good portion of his tix to try to win something for ME instead of him!  (I'm sorry, I should probably be that selfless too).   Unfortunately he didn't win, but it's the thought that counts.   He joked, "If I won that treadmill, would you ever get off it?"  I told him, "no way!"  hehe  :)

I'm using today as a rest day and then using the next 2 days to get in those 11 miles to have a 100 mile month!  I may even have a running partner on sunday.  I've never ran with her and I'm not sure what her pace is like, but I'm just happy to possibly have a buddy.  She is also doing the 1/2er in Oct and goes to my gym (she's friends with the guy I know from high school) so if things go well, we could potentially run together a lot! 

I'll leave you with these qs
-What will your workout look like today?

-Will you be doing anything fun this weekend?

-Are you as selfless as Ryan for your significant other?

-How do you power through a run when you have distracting things like stinky neighbors next to you or potty issues?

Megan
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