A couple of days ago I wrote about how tired I was on my last run. I was low on energy and enthusiasm. I also noted that I thought it was partially due to lack of sleep and eating too few calories. So I increased my food intake and was able to get a couple of good night's sleep. What a difference!
Today my trailing plan called for a 3 mile run and then some strength training. I am not at the point yet where I am adding in the strength training, but will get to that in the near future. For now, I am just focusing on the running. I left from the MADD shelter (see pic below) on the Northshore Trail and headed north to the 1.5 mile turnaround. However, when I arrived I felt so good that I decided to keep going. I added another half mile and then turned around, making the total run about four miles.
I use a program called AllSport GPS on my Blackberry. It tracks my runs and mountain bike rides and automatically uploads the data to a website. It's a great application--strongly recommended if you run with your phone (like the Crackberry addict that I am!). As a side note, I wouldn't recommend subscribing to the service from the Trimble Outdoors site. They charge an ongoing monthly fee for the service. Instead, download and purchase it from another source like Blackberry App World for a one time fee of $19.95. The AllSport GPS application works on many devices, not just the Blackberry.
Anyway, here's a map generated by AllSport GPS showing my run for today.
Following are a few pics from my run, followed by today's L-Three Update (which will become an L-Four update from here out).
The MADD Shelter (Near Little Pete's)
1.5 Miles from MADD Shelter, Stake at Top of Hill
2 Miles from MADD Shelter. Look for log on side of trail.
As I mentioned previously, I am keeping track of my limbs (arms/legs/feet, etc.), lungs (cardio), and laughs (mental state), to help me better document my journey from fat to fit. On my run today I decided to add another L: my forth L is Learning! As I continue to research ultrarunning and spend time experimenting with different approaches on the trail, I will learn what works for me and what doesn't. So here we go with the L-Four Update.
Limbs--I am still struggling with my left calf muscle. About 30 minutes before my run today I rubbed some on the sore area of my calf. That really seemed to help. My calf felt sorta stiff while running, but I didn't experience any pain. Otherwise, my legs felt strong and well rested today. I had no issues doing the four miles.
Lungs--I mentioned last time that I am still coughing when I run. My doctor said that might continue for more than a year after a person quits smoking. I will say today didn't seem as bad as some previous runs. I can also say I felt like I was able to run longer without breaks or without feeling like I was out of breath. I know I ran a little slower pace today, so that probably helped as well.
Laughs--On the mental side, I woke up feeling rested and excited about my run today. Today was the first time since I started running again that I didn't spend the entire time thinking about my running. I can remember when I trained in the past that I would get into a mental zone where the miles would just pass by and I would totally lose track of time. Think about your drive home from work or to somewhere that you frequent--sometimes you make the entire trip without really realizing it. I experienced that again today. Although dangerous while driving, it's a beautiful thing on the trail!
Learning--I've decided that I am going to try to treat all my runs like an actual ultramarathon event. In other words, I want to use each run as an opportunity to learn about what works and what doesn't for me. For example, I need to learn about hydration and fuel replacement. The best place to do that learning is during my training runs, not while actually participating in a race. If I do it right, the race will feel just like another Sunday morning jog in the woods, just with a few other sick-o's along for the adventure! So my learning focus initially will be about hydration and fuel replacement (how much to drink and eat while running). I am going to focus on the hydration first and work on the fuel replacement topic next.
Tomorrow is a rest day (from running), so I plan to go mountain biking with a friend.
That's it for today. If you have any tips on learning how to properly hydrate during a run, please post a comment!