Saturday workout: 16 miles!
When I first woke up Saturday morning, my legs felt like bricks from spinning class I had doen the night before…. which is exactly how I wanted them to feel going into my long run! When I’m training for a race, I want to get used to running under less than ideal circumstances. You can’t control what’s going to happen on race day, so I want to be prepared for anything.
That’s why I like to do an intense spinning class the night before. I want to train myself to make it through a long run on tired legs.
That’s why I’ve done long runs after a night shift….I want to train myself to run when I’m exhausted.
That’s why I will run when I don’t feel my best (unless I’m truly sick…you have to use common sense)…. you may have a cold on marathon day.
That’s why I will run outside no matter how yucky the weather is…. you can’t control whether it will be raining, snowing, extremely hot, windy, etc. on marathon day.
For my run yesterday, Dean was planning on running 8 miles, so he joined me for the first 4 miles. Because my leg muscles were so tired from the spinning class the night before, it took me about five miles for my legs to wake up and start doing their job. I think they were hoping I would quit, but they should know better than that! ; ) So Dean and I took it slow, stopping briefly here and there to enjoy how beautiful Lincoln Park is this time of year and to take pictures. Once Dean and I split at 4 miles, I decided the fun was over and started getting more serious….not letting myself stop to take anymore pictures and making my legs move a little faster. Finally at around 5 miles, things started to feel a little easier, and it ended up actually being a good (although hard) run!
Here are some pics from my iphone/instagram:
Fortunately for me, my gym is less than a half mile from my apartment, and they have a nice sauna I was able to warm up in : ) (it wasn’t that cold out yesterday–40s/50s–but when you’re wet with sweat and suddenly stop running, you get REALLY cold).
After stretching and warming up in the sauna, Dean picked me up at the gym and we headed straight over to Whole Foods to get some food in our stomachs.