This weekend started off phenomenally when I received the 2 pairs of pants and 2 t-shirts from Gap that I ordered earlier in the week. Size 12 pants (that were not tight at all) and large shirts (that are bordering on too big! I can’t believe I’ll be wearing a medium in all shirts soon) … it’s such a great feeling to have proof that you are shrinking.
This dog cracks. me. up. He’s such a diva!
Today was another 8 mile run. I have been nervous about the fatigue I’ve been experiencing during my long runs the last few weekends, so decided not to push myself today. I stopped to take a few photos, even walking down to the riverbed a few times, and got some photos of my fellow “trail runners”:
Around mile 4.5-5ish, I started to feel tired. I spend the next 1.5 miles trying to figure out what could be causing my fatigue. Last night I had eaten some pita bread and hummus, so I definitely had enough carb-fuel to get me through the run. My pace wasn’t too fast, either. I couldn’t figure it out.
At mile 6-ish I looped back around to our starting spot, where I got some water and ate a few Cliff Shot Blocks just to see if it would help…and who knew it…but they did! After another .5 miles or so I felt much less fatigued!! I’ve come to the conclusion I should be running with at the least water, and maybe some fuel.
A few months ago I completed a 6 mile run without needing a drink, so I just randomly decided any run around or under 6 miles wouldn’t require me to carry my own. I was mistaken. Just because I’m not feeling super thirsty doesn’t mean I should be going without water. This may be more ‘mental fatigue’ than anything, but I’m going to listen to my body and start to carry fluids again. It isn’t really a big deal to just bring along my hand-held water bottle…
Boy did I feel silly!
I finished 8.25 miles and felt good. My average time was 10:33, which is not too bad considering I stopped to take photos every few miles!
This week I’m going to try and run at least 2 miles every single day (thanks for the inspiration, PaceofMind)! Tomorrow morning I’m aiming for 3 on the treadmill before church. 1 day down, 6 to go — here goes nothin’!