Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Johnny Cash Day and my 14 miler

I'm rocking the Johnny Cash look today. Black shirt and black pants. I hear it's slimming!

Last night was my long run and I made the 14 miles. Although it was slow, it got done. I tried to carry a water bottle with me but even though I only had it 1/2 full, I felt my shoulder tensing up because I didn't want to keep sloshing the liquid around. I made it about 1.5 miles with the bottle before I stashed it on the side of the road to pick up on the second loop.

The loop I ran was exactly 7 miles, so after the first loop, I stopped at home to changed my shirt and hat because they were both soaked through and dripping wet. I also had some Gatorade-like drink that I had waiting in the fridge for me and a handful of pretzels. Off I went for the second lap.

It was a lot slower the second time around. I finished the first lap in 1:05 but felt like I was running a lot faster than I actually was. I blame the fact that it was 95 degrees on both laps and I completed an Olympic Tri on Sunday. I picked up my water bottle at the 8.5 mile mark, chugged the rest of the drink mix and stashed the bottle in my waistband on my shorts (in the back). I was starting to get a headache and was slowing down even more. With an empty water bottle, 95 degrees and the sun starting to set, I had to do something. I stopped at a gas station and filled up my water bottle and chugged it.

I finished up my 14 miles in around 2:13 or so which was about a 9:30 mile. Slow, I know, but I really felt like I was running at a 8:45. Just get the miles in... track workouts and tempo runs are for speed!

I also weighed myself this morning and I was down 4 lbs from yesterday! Probably due to the fact that I didn't eat dinner last night after my run. I had chocolate milk, some pretzels, and a yogurt. Carbs and protein to recover!


  1. Maybe slow, but still not as slow as me ;)

    I thought you were going to share a Johnny Cash running playlist. I got all excited.

  2. I don't have playlists! I have never listened to music while running.... running is my time to think, how can i think when I have musis playing?

  3. Running in the heat just sucks! I think you did an awesome job keeping up that pace...especially in the heat!