One of my favorite Beatles/Paul McCartney songs is Long and Winding Road and that is what I felt like I was on with my long run this morning. I decided on more of a figure 8 course instead of my usual out and back. I traveled along a rolling rural road passing 2 golf courses and 2 farms bringing me around to beautiful water views ending through various neighborhoods. So much to see and experience today.
Marathon Training Recap:
619 ft elevation gain
5:30 am wake up call to scurry downstairs for a quick bite to eat of Ezekiel 4:9 toast topped with honey almond butter and half banana but did not make it out the door until right before 7 am. Typically I eat a bowl of oatmeal with half banana, but after today I am a toast convert.
I would love to say that after this effort I was full of energy and ready for more but I was more like this….
After a quick shower I was ready to eat!
Van’s Flax Waffle topped with Laughing Cow Cheese, blueberries and walnuts and a side of Green Monster Smoothie powered up with Vega Shake and Go Protein powder.
Today I also took along Cliff Shot Bloks. The first time I tried them was at the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon as a product in the goodie bag. When I reviewed the ingredient lists of the most popular gels I found that Cliff has the cleanest ingredients. Yesterday, I tried finding them at the only local sports store in my area with no luck but then I discovered them at Target of all places! How exciting! I really enjoyed the strawberry flavor but more than that I loved the effect it had on my run.
The best part of the run today was around mile 13 when I approached an elderly man coming in the opposite direction. I noticed he wanted to say something to me so I stopped, removed my ear phones just in time to hear him say, “If you were heading in my direction I’d race ya.” How cute was he!
My Question To You: What was the best part of your run or fitness routine today?