Happy Friday! I tackled a 9 mile run this morning and am pleased to report that I survived
I was originally going to run 7 miles as a stepback week, since I did 8 miles last Friday, but I was just too excited to increase my mileage. I will make sure to take a stepback week next week, as I want to make sure I don’t get injured!
I ran a 9:19 min/mile pace with negative splits, so that was pretty great. I definitely didn’t fuel enough though. I woke up not hungry at all and not wanting to eat anything, so I drank a cup of coffee and ate a date. I figured I would just eat more during the run and be fine. I stupidly only brought 4 more dates with me to eat during the run, though, thinking that would be enough. (I’m trying out dates as fuel during a run, since real food with some nutrients is better than those pure sugar gels/blocks!)
It was not. I started feeling hungry 3 miles in and had to ration my pitiful amount of dates (2 at 3.5 miles, 2 at 6 miles). Luckily, my lack of fuel didn’t appear to impact my performance much, but I generally don’t enjoy feeling hungry on a run. Oh well, lesson learned. Eat breakfast before a run even when I’m not hungry.
Just to be clear, I’m not actively training for a race yet, but am doing kind of a free-form pre-training to see what races I think I could handle training for in the summer.
In other news, I have another article posted on The Fitness U today about foam rolling. If you need a refresher on this important fitness trend, head on over to read it!
Have a great weekend everyone!