Saturday, September 10, 2011

A better day

Note: I'm writing this while watching a documentary about 9/11, so I am a little distracted.  We should ALWAYS remember what happened on that day. 

Today's run went MUCH better than last time.  While it wasn't our fastest, it was way too hot, we did complete the 4 miles.

We headed out around 3:30pm this afternoon and it was one of the first nice days we have had in Rochester for a little while.  Even though it was about 75 degrees, there was still a nice breeze.  I would find out later that it wasn't enough of a breeze, unfortunately.

Gratuitous sneaker shot

I brought my point and shoot camera with me on this run.  I wore our hydration belt and put it in the pouch, but we didn't bring anything to drink with us.  I definitely could have used something about halfway through our run, oh well.  

Here's the details of our run:

Lap 1 - 10:06 pace
Lap 2 - 10:34 pace
Lap 3 - 11:08 pace
Lap 4 - 10:23 pace

Total Time: 42:11
Average Pace: 10:33 minutes per mile

The first mile went pretty well, both in time and how I felt.  I was even able to snap a photo of Wegmans, the local grocery store, as we ran by it.  

Not bad for running at the same time

Somewhere in between the second and the third mile, I started to get really hot.  I tried to keep up the pace but I was struggling.  I don't think that running through this helped much either.  

  Why hello there construction, nice of you to join us on our run

The last two miles I am ashamed to say that "Mean Jamie" came out.  I was so hot that I was really not enjoying myself and I definitely yelled at Mike a few times.  I know that he pushes me because he wants me to achieve my goals and improve but there are times that it doesn't matter what he says, I just feel like I can't do it.  

I definitely need to work on being able to handle all different types of running conditions, especially the heat.  I think that the heat does me in the most.  I am so amazed at how well Mike (and other runners) can handle or at least make it seem like he can handle anything that comes his way.  I need to work on faking it until I make it when it comes to running.

The last mile we were able to pick it up again and I actually felt better because we were running in a cooler area.  The only weird thing was that at the end of the run I felt like I was going to throw up and my stomach hurt a little bit.  

Once we got back home we drank some Nuun (of course) and we got ready to go grocery shopping.  Of course, we went to the Wegmans that I took a photo of during our run.  We bought quite a few things that I have read are good for runners: bananas, whole grains, brown rice, almonds and of course we stocked up on our Clif bars.  Though, I actually bought Luna bars this time.



I'm hoping the Luna bars will work well for me.  They should since they are specifically made for women.  They have more calcium, iron and folic acid than regular Clif bars.  Female runners are at risk of developing iron deficiencies, so hopefully these will help curb that from happening.

How do you get over difficult portions of runs, do you "fake it" until you "make it"?  Have you tried Clif bars or Luna bars, if so what do you think?


  1. I am not really sure that I "fake it" ....I get mad at myself for not being able to run up a hill like it is nothing and sometimes that in itself inspires me as I say to myself I can do it...sometimes I even close my eyes (for a few seconds) and I imagine that the hill is not there and then I run as hard as I long as I feel I have done my best that is all you can ask of yourself!!

    I will say that it does get easier the more you run so remember that you are a beginner and be happy with all that you have accomplished in such a short time!!! Ask any runner and they will tell you that some days we have it and some days we don't...for what ever just be happy that you CAN run!!!

    I have never tried the bars or the water but it all looks soooo good...I may have to give it a try especially the water as I have terrible cramps in my legs during the night when I am sleeping after long distance runs...will let you know what I think!!!

    You are doing an awesome job....just remember the body achieves what the mind believes!!!

  2. If you want to order some I know of a discount code for Nuun until the end of September. We were lucky and actually were able to buy it at Eastern Mountain Sports but I just checked the one near you and they don't have it. The discount code is: afternuundelight and you get 25% off.

    If you just want to wait to try it when you are here then I'm sure that we will have some.

  3. Thanks! I really want to try it....I don't "do" anything special for running...I just run!!!