Thursday, August 18, 2011

My first 8 miler and the upcoming 10k!

Last weekend I ventured out for my first 8 mile run.  It was great!  I wasnt too tired and handled it well.  I did learn though, that it would be beneficial to have some water and/or a Gu packet or something of the sort around mile 4 or 5.  Because around mile 6 I started to get thirsty and felt my energy dropping off.  It wasnt exhaustion or anything like that but I could definitely tell the difference.  I was sore for a few days after the run.  I rolled my ankle so that was sore and my legs were kinda sore in general too.  I felt like I was walking in slow motion and looked like maybe I had just gotten off a horse.  But that went away with time  :)

It still amazes me how much that stuff works for me.  I went for a 4 mile run a few days later and it was awful.  I didnt have anything before.  No Gu, no caffeine, no breakfast.  And I was really struggling quite a bit.  It was really eye opening to see how differently my body "performs". 

This weekend I am skipping my long run because I am signed up for my first 10K race!  Whoo hooo!  The most exciting part is that participants of the 10k and half marathon (starting together) will receive a medal!  I have never gotten a medal.  And I am super excited!

One struggle I have been facing since my long run last week is that I gave myself the day off to eat what I wanted.  I burned almost 1000 calories.  Well that snowballed into two days, three, and now it is almost a whole week later and I am still not eating very well.  Tomorrow and Saturday it is a MUST for proper eating because it plays a big part in how well I will run Sunday(another lesson learned along the way). 

So thats it for now.  I will keep you posted on how my run goes this weekend!  Fingers crossed its a good one :)

5 comments:

Karen said...

Wow, a 10K!! Where is that? Well good luck to you on that! you go woman! :)

dawne said...

You run girl!!!!!

Christine said...

Awesome...go girl!!!
Such an inspiration!

Kelly said...

Good luck on your 1st 10K ever! So inspirational! I can't wait to hear all about it.

Anonymous said...

Hi, its Laura! I totally hijacked your computer while watching the kids. I am so very proud of all the hard work you put in to living a healthier lifestyle. I am lucky enough to be your friend and see you almost every day (how DID that happen), and I can say you have insipred me not only to live, eat and be healthier, but also to get my bottom off the couch and run!!! I was thrilled to run the 5K with you and am still on some sort of high from finishing the 10k by your side. I am SO proud of you! <3 Ya!