Sunday, April 20, 2008

I feel like an old lady.

I just finished my first 7-miler since the Phoenix Half-Marathon.

Despite the gorgeous 65 degree temps, it pretty much sucked.

I felt like I was lumbering around like an old lady.

I had side cramps.

I was gasping most of the time.

But I got her done.

I was supposed to run with Kori after she went to church this morning, but she never called like she said she would. Totally blown off! Maybe she'll read this and know I am ticked off and then I won't have to tell her. I'll get it out of my system when I drop her like a hot potato on the bike during our practice tri on Tuesday. Yay for passive aggressiveness!

Anyway, I ran my favorite route, minus the loop around the lake. It was hilly. There were some nice 25 mph winds coming out of the east. I used to run this route pre-Garmin, so I have driven it and I know the mile markers. Garmin was almost a half mile off at the end. Normally I have a "Garmin is official" policy, mainly because most of the time I don't know the actual distance I run. But dude, I wasn't letting him drop half a mile on me!

So I ended up doing 7.2 in 1:13, about a 10:07 pace, which is a faster pace than my six miler last weekend. But I was dragging at the end! It was only with a little help from ABBA that I was able to "sprint" the last quarter mile. Then I got home and I was pretty light headed. My first year of distance running, I used to take a gu for all runs over six miles. But since then I have typically done 8 mile runs without anything. Maybe I need to go back to downing the guey grossness on 7 milers. (Actually I am all about the Clif Shot Bloks)

And FYI, I haven't owned a pair of New Balance in 6 years. I am now a convert to the Brooks moon boots. But seriously, I don't think anyone in my running club wears New Balance (although I am still a bit sore from my 7-miler today).

And in complete surprise, with this whole non-sugar thing, I have discovered that I am a big fan of coffee with milk and no sugar. Who knew? I thought I just liked coffee that resembled melted coffee ice cream.

13 comments:

Joe said...

congrats on the run.

how's the PF after running for over an hour?

Danielle in Iowa said...

It doesn't bother me when I run, but I have to ice it after. I also am getting shin splints on the PF leg. Boo!

Jenny Davidson said...

Good job. I like those Clif Bloks too, they seem to me infinitely superior to any regular gels--but I have a soft spot, too, for the (incredibly expensive) Honey Stinger gels...

Audrey said...

i'm really impressed by your non-sugar thing. like REALLY impressed. are you completely non-sugar (b/c i feel like it's hidden in everything...and what about fruit?) or just no junk food? :) i hope it works for you and makes you feel like a supah star!!

Lisa said...

1. my long runs have been really sucking ass too. Actually my 7 was ok, just slow as crap.

2. I wasn't aware of the new balance thing either. But I hate my brooks moonboots so maybe I'll go the white person route this time around.

3. coffee with milk no sugar == that's me, that's me!

Dying Water Buffalo said...

coffee with no milk and sugar is the best!

Rainmaker said...

The first warm-run day of the year always hurt. Don't put too much stock in it. Adaptation is your friend. Just like coffee and no sugar. :)

Laurie said...

Mmmmm melted coffee ice cream

Megan said...

I too have never owned a pair of NB, but just about everyone I know has. So I guess there is some truth to that - I love that site BTW. It's pretty much dead-on.

MissAllycat said...

I don't like NBs either. :)

And I've also been feeling quite geriatric lately. Curses! I'm ready for my legs to feel fresh and springy again.

peter said...

Gooey grossness = Gu. I like that. It lasts in your mouth about a mile when you get it all in there before you can get it down, and then you have the wrapper to get rid of and the stickiness all over your fingers which I hate during a race.

jeanne said...

ah HA! I told you coffee with no sugar is good! (Or if I didn't tell you, I thought it.)

7 miles at that pace is GOOD. I'm so glad you are still on the no-sugar thing. I am too. it's getting easier. but weight loss? bah.

jeanne said...

and ahhhh, i just got my first pair of NB!!!!!

and no blisters for the first time EVAH, so say it out loud, i'm a steroetype and i'm proud!