Today was my first long run of the season. I started out with a modified version of my usual pre-run meal.
I switched it up with some rice cakes, almond butter and honey. On the side I had a cup of cream with some coffee to <ahem> move things along. I tried out a gluten free breakfast because I’ve been having issues with my stomach at the beginning of my runs, which really could be a number of things like lack of conditioning or starting out too fast. However, I already have a bit of lactose intolerance which usually is accompanied by a gluten intolerance. No, I’m not jumping on the gluten free band wagon with no diagnosis of celiac or a milder form of it. I switched it up just to find out if it’d help. I’m not sure if it did but this run went really smooth in the stomach category. I’m going to have to do this again just to be positive.
Anyway, about 30 mins after eating I did my 100 push ups plan and knocked out 45. Does anyone have tips on how to progress faster? I was doing the medium plan but the last couple of times I did my push ups later because I was either too sore or my arms fatigued too fast. After my exhaustion test on Sunday, my push up app decided that I wasn’t far enough along and knocked me down to the easy plan. I was irritated at first but when I completed the work out, it was STILL hard! Am I doing too much? Am I not getting enough protein to build muscle? Should I add some upper body weights to the mix too? I’m baffled, I thought for sure I would progress faster than this. . . . le sigh
Okaaay, back to the run now. I had six miles on the plan today and intended to take it long, slow and easy. The point of the long run is to get time on your feet and not to run long at race pace.
This is how I finished:
- .5 m walked
- 2 m ran
- .5 m walked
- 1 m ran
- .5 m walked
- 1.5 m ran
- 6 m @ 1:11:36
Highlights for today’s run:
- there were lots of runners out and they were all super friendly (lots of smiles and waves) One even said “keep it up, you look great”. . . while she was passing me at like 8 m/hr
- I got to run past the artillery again which took me back to my warrior run
- I passed a group of white cranes hanging out in the open grass next to the road. I had to stop counting them when I reached 20. Cranes are so graceful and pretty to me.
- Favorite songs for the run
- Syndicate – The Fray
- Chances Are – Five For Fighting
- Rolling in the Deep – Adelle
- New Deep – John Mayer
- NO STOMACH CRAMPS!
I think that about covers it. When I got home my second breakfast was a PB Banana green monster. I used this recipe except I made it with vanilla whey powder instead of chocolate.
Did you work out today? What’d you do? Help me out! How do you see strength gains the fastest?
Have a great day!