Weekly Run Wrap Up and Saying Goodbye

This sums up my nine mile run today. It wasn't pretty, but I got it done.

This sums up my nine mile run today. It wasn’t pretty, but I got it done.

How is it Sunday night already? I am sad to see another weekend pass me by, but I definitely kept busy. I meant to share an update to my last post, in which I lamented about my terrible training habits for my upcoming half marathon. Since that didn’t happen, here’s a quick recap of my running week (don’t blink):

  • I got in a sever-miler last Sunday, and a couple of 5ks mid-week. (Not exactly what I had planned).
  • Today, I hit my neighborhood trails for a surprisingly warm nine miles, which I slogged through and completely bonked at the end.

Not a great recap — and trust me, I’m not proud of those two little bullets. So what am I going to do about all this? A couple of things.

First, my running partner and I usually head out for our weekend long runs bright and early. Today, due to being very busy mamas (she hosted a birthday sleep-over for SEVEN [gasp] 9-year-old girls; I hosted a sleep-over for only one 7-year-old – whew!), we didn’t meet up until 11 a.m. Let me tell you, I thought it would be a luxury not to wake up to an alarm, dress and fuel for an early morning run, especially in the winter. However, after staying up way past my bedtime because of the sleep-over, then having been woken up a couple of times throughout the night because my poor 3-year-old was having leg cramps (AKA growing pains), and finally to have had all three of these girls awake before 7 a.m.? That was torture. I’ll take a 6:45 a.m. weekend long run any day of the week.

What we both said about this run was that we didn’t really know how to fuel for a longer mid-day run — and we felt that. We need to get it figured out, though, because our race, the Love Rox Half Marathon in Richmond, VA, has a 10 a.m. start time.

During the last mile-and-a-half, we both lost steam. Big time. I haven’t felt so sluggish or depleted after a run in a long time. We both used the dream analogy: It felt like that dream where you’re trying to run, but your legs just won’t work right.

However, thinking about my weekend, I think it has to do with not fueling well before our nine miles — and not eating/drinking so well all weekend.

I have eaten my last Birthday Cake Oreo -- AKA crack cookie -- tonight!

I have eaten my last Birthday Cake Oreo — AKA crack cookie — tonight!

Truth be told, I may have had a little too much saki Friday night.

And? I also might have an unhealthy addiction to Birthday Cake Oreos.

So now that I am aware of these terrible vices, what am I going to do about them?

For starters, no more of these horrible crack-like cookies. I am not a snacky-cookie person, but these things have a hold on me. So, here is where I say goodbye to these terrible treats.

Goodbye.

I also need to cut back on the spirits. I enjoy a glass of wine at the end of most days. But on those days, my glass of wine can sometimes turn into two. It can make me a little sluggish come run o’clock, to say the least, if I haven’t hydrated well all week. I remember a running friend via Twitter summing it up perfectly: When I don’t eat/drink crap during the week, I feel better during long runs on the weekend. Go figure.

So with that, I’m going to be a bit choosier about what goes in the tank this week — morning, noon and night. The Oreos are truly an anomaly. I’m typically a pretty healthy eater. I’ve quickly developed some bad nutritional habits as of late and they are habits I had all but kicked to the curb last year. Time for that to change for the better — again.

As for my running this week, here’s the plan:

  • Monday: 3 miles
  • Tuesday: Cross train
  • Wednesday: 5 miles
  • Thursday: Cross train
  • Friday: 4 miles
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 10 miles.

Let’s see how it goes…

In the meantime, what’s your biggest vice — that you know giving up would help improve your training?

Gotta run!
Kristen

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4 thoughts on “Weekly Run Wrap Up and Saying Goodbye

  1. Oh the number of runs I have planned that don’t actually come to fruition because of the wee ones sleeping patterns… They never do sleep when you need/want them to.

    • It’s true. Last night was a rough one. I figured they would sleep a little *later*after a late night for my oldest and the growing pains that woke up my youngest. Not a chance! At least these kind of nights get further apart as they get older. The rest is totally my fault. I’ve been slacking with my nutrition since ending my running streak. January was some much needed down time, but it’s time to get back to better habits.

  2. I have a similar problem with the mint oreos. If it helps you, someone told me (I have never verified) that some of the filling is actually lard or like crisco…
    My biggest issue is nutrition. I burn a goodly amount of calories daily. When I am in a build week I can pretty much eat whatever I want…thing is…whatever I want is usually bad for me, and then…well like you…I feel worse than I should…
    Good luck with the upcoming half!

    • I am sure you are right about the filling. Blech! Nutrition is tough one for me, too. If I would just stick to good eats when I am building, I know I would be stronger. However, I have not eaten any more of those Oreos. 🙂 it’s a start… Maybe we need a healthy food challenge?

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