Yesterday was my long run......18 miles in 2 hours and 55 min. Average pace 9.45 min/mile!!
Thought I'd just give you a little recap about my long run this week. I don't know what's happened to me.......This blog used to feature beautiful photos and recipes and now it's filled with horrible iphone, dirty bathroom mirror pics of me at 4:30 am? HA!!!
But honestly, I have to live my truth and the truth is that right now I am working overtime every week to support us, trying to spend as much time as possible with my babies and training for a marathon so it doesn't leave me a lot of time for cooking, taking beautiful photographs and blogging.....it's just reality so at least I'm honest! What you see is what you get!
Whatever is my passion is what I must share and right now it's running!!! Hope your not mortified!
This is what I look like at 4:30am!
I always get nervous before my long run but always end up finishing really strong.
I have found a plan that works for me.
I get up at 4:30am, eat 2 pieces of toast, a cliff bar and a big glass of water. Then I head out at 5am. It's pitch black when I leave the house so I run with a head lamp so I don't trip on anything. Luckily I am very familiar with these......when I was 21 I spent 28 days living in the outback of Australia with nothing but a sleeping bag.....no not even a tent......and yes it is now confirmed that I am definately CRAZY!!!
Somehow I have always been able to preform really well in the wee hours before sunrise. All through nursing school I got up at 4am to study and It worked wonders for me. It's the same with running.
It's like all the miles I can get in before the sun comes up don't really count, like free miles! I know it sounds crazy but any little mental games that help you through.......well, why not?
Also, the transition from dark to light really helps keep me distracted when I'm running......it entertains me. Not to mention it's beautiful and I'm done with my run at 8 am! AWESOME!!! Now I can get on with my day!
Oh and I just burned 2400 calories so let me start eating!
It was very helpful that I took the kids to Whole Foods a few hours later and found Easter Egg Nog and proceeded to buy TWO cartons of it!!!
This is what I look like after running 18 miles at sunrise!