Bad Runs

Okay, so good news: I ran 8.5 miles last night. Bad news: A few walking breaks, an unexpected bathroom break, and an overall 9:53 pace. Not my best. Let’s back up, shall we?

Around 6 PM, I began “prepping” for my run. I grabbed a small iced coffee (caramel nut crunch, it was okay) to get a little caffeine kick, and put banana and honey inside a whole wheat wrap and just folded it in half. Then, I headed to my running route for the day, which was a route I used to do at school a lot by a river. It’s a 4 mile loop, so I figured I’d run it twice plus a little extra for that half mile at the end. I stretched and started running around 7.

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This is my second coffee selfie in one day. Should I be proud or concerned?

I started out pretty strong, but I started losing steam the second time around. I ate my last two Gu Chomps at mile 4ish and then two of the Pro-Bar Chomps at mile 6ish. I took about a minute walking break while I ate my fuel, and was feeling slow, but steady after my second fuel-up.

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Of course, around mile 7.5, I had to, well, use the bathroom. Had I known I was pretty close to a port-a-potty, I probably could have run to it, but I didn’t know if there was a bathroom in the vicinity, so I had to stop and walk to, well, quell things. About 2 minutes after I started walking I saw a port-a-potty (aka my holy grail at that point), and quickly handled things. Once I got out, I was good-to-go for the last mile. I totally could have avoided that last break if (a) I didn’t have to use the bathroom (which I realize is pretty inevitable sometimes, and luckily there will be bathrooms along the way on the half marathon trail) or (b) I knew the port-a-potty wasn’t too far away (and now I know for next time I run that loop).

This run has definitely reinforced to me that I need to work on pacing. I always run into (HAH) the issue of starting too fast and losing steam by the end. Negative splits are pretty foreign to me. At this point, I don’t necessarily want negative splits, just more even splits.

So not my best long run. Hey, maybe I am more of a morning runner than I give myself credit for, considering my better long runs seem to happen in the morning.

OH btw, completely random, but at Not Your Average Joes yesterday for lunch I got the half-sandwich-half-salad combo with the Not Your Average House Salad and the Mustard Crusted Chicken BLT. Not gonna lie, wasn’t a huge fan of the sandwich (it was kind of dry, though I would recommend the mustard crusted chicken meal, sans sandwich bread, which I actually removed and just ate the mustard crusted chicken inside), but the salad was good and OBVI the bread and oil at the beginning was worth the trip in itself.

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Questions for you lovely humans:

1. How do you deal with having less-than-stellar runs?

2. How do you figure out how to pace yourself?

Any advice on either of these questions is greatly appreciated!

BYEEEE

Julie

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