Has anyone else had this experience of running? Some days she is your best friend, you could spend all day with running. Other days you wake up and she hates you (and you her), and with every step the hatred grows.
I had a week like this. One day I felt great, the next- like a bag of ass. Thanks to Julie for that fine descriptor! Today I finished off week 5 with a 16km movie run. Meaning I watched a movie while I ran on the treadmill. I do this every Monday and it is like a reward for getting through the week. It helps me keep the pace easy and I actually look forward to it.
I am tapering down for the Frozen Ass 50km next Monday. I am ready. I think. I actually froze my bum on yesterday's run- does that count? Honestly I don't know how it is all going to go down, but I have done all I can. I have run every km on the schedule, more kms than I have ever run in my life, and I am just hoping I get through. I want to run the whole thing, beyond that no time goals. Well that's a lie. I would like to be 5:00hrs to 5:30hrs. 10min miles have been doable up to the 40km mark, not sure what will happen beyond that.
The one concern I have is food. I have done a pretty terrible job of eating on my long runs and I have so far gotten away with it. But I know I can't get through 50km on 100 or 200 calories. The problem is I don't like sweet stuff when I run. I can force down one, maybe 2 gels but I hate them. On my 30km run this Sunday I did the first 25km outside and then finished the last 5km on the treadmill. I was starving when I got in so I ate a peice of bread with butter and it was like heaven. It totally fueled the last 5km. So I should be eating real food, but in minus WTF temperatures everything freezes and it is hard to carry/extract/eat the food I do bring. The weather is supposed to be really nice on Monday- like maybe even above zero nice!!! So I think that will help. I am going to pack some salty fatty foods that I think will be more appealing- like nuts, crackers etc. Maybe even a cheese sandwich? I dunno. I don't want too much in my stomach either. These are the things I should have been practicing on my long training runs...oops.
Ah well I will figure something out. If nothing else I'll have good conversation to keep me going in my good friend Celine who is running with me.
Today I got a big treat. My new shoes arrived! Dean from Ernie's ordered these special for me. I am so excited to get out for a run in them. (They are the Brooks Cascadia 5)