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Nice and Slow 14 Miles - Geek Turned Athlete

Nice and Slow 14 Miles

First off, I just to thank you for all your kind comments from Wednesday’s post.  I was blown away by what you all had to say.  Thank you again. 😉

As for today, after teaching indoor cycling last night and again this morning, my legs protested the entire 14 miles earlier this afternoon.

I passed out last night around 8:30 and woke up at 5am.  I just couldn’t sleep anymore.  My legs were tired from all the hills and sprints that they did on the bike the day before.  I made breaky, and headed to the gym around 6 to teach again.  My problem is that I work just as hard as the students in my class.  This is bad because I’m out of breath when giving cues, and I don’t take into account the work my body has to do the next or the same day running.  My legs were smoked already before I began the daunting 14 miles.  Oh, and did I mention that I ran 6 miles yesterday too??

We decided to run near Renee’s house this time.  I LOVE the trails.  Beautiful!  This was basically my view of Renee the entire time.  haha.  She had fresh legs apparently. 🙂  DSC05439

That is a frozen lake behind those trees.  I guess people sit out in lawn chairs around it in the summers here.  I was dreaming of that when we passed it since it was 27 degrees out at the time.  DSC05441

This is a pic of me running sideways?  I have no idea what I was doing.  I think that I was delirious at this point—only 5 miles in.  My breathing wasn’t labored, but my legs were not following my instructions.  It basically felt like I was dragging sandbags for 14 miles.  Now, I have a good idea of how a Half Ironman feels.  Though, I know my spin classes are nothing compared to riding 62 miles!  Also, maybe eating a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich right before the run wasn’t the wisest idea either…DSC05444 The thing is, I know better.  I know that I probably should have eaten that sandwich a little earlier in the day.  I know that I should have taken it easy in my spin class last night and this morning in order to be adequately prepared for this run.  Last week when I ran that 12 miles, I knew better that drinking the night before probably wasn’t the best idea.  I know how sensitive my stomach is concerning food and the time it takes to digest, and I know that I can’t drink and function the next morning like I used to.  I need to get my S@%$ together!!!  Otherwise, the next few months of training are not going to be enjoyable.

On a positive note, I had a distance PR today!  I’ve never run over 13.4 miles.  I was a little nervous before the run just because of that, but I did it!  I can’t wait to see how far I can go now!

Now, I’m drinking a green monster and enjoying my compression sleeves.  Or should I say, my calves are enjoying their compression sleeves.  I love those things!  DSC05450

I have to head to Outdoor Recreation in a few minutes to pick up a prize for a triathlon party that a friend and I are hosting tomorrow night.  The prize is top secret, but it will go to the “best dressed” athlete at the party.  I told everyone to come in their craziest workout gear.  We will be watching the 2008 Hawaii Ironman, going over using a bike trainer for some newbies, and then eating and drinking while watching Run, Fat Boy, Run.  It should be a fun night!  Stay tuned for pics!!  Happy Friday, everyone! 😉

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  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama January 8, 2010, 6:01 pm

    Congrats on the new PR!!! That’s awesome!

  • Graze With Me January 8, 2010, 7:25 pm

    I still can’t believe people can run that far! Be proud! Way to go on the PR too. 🙂

    I’m actually going to Hawaii at the end of this month – everything I do seems to remind me of it.

  • Mike January 8, 2010, 7:43 pm

    You may learn, you may not! When my legs are shot, I just try and focus on form. Of course, I am not a spin instructor, so your tired is probably about four levels higher than mine. Great work!

    Do you like the compression socks? I just wondered if you felt they made a difference in recovery or not.

  • Holly January 8, 2010, 9:28 pm

    CONGRATS ON THE PR! that is amazing, and you should get to eat another bacon egg sammie as a reward 🙂

  • eatmovelove January 9, 2010, 12:37 am

    Hi! Great Blog! I just found it from EatLiveRun’s. Wow – great job on the run…it is something I am trying to figure out …long story :(…oh but your party sounds like it’ll be sooo much fun – I wish I could come haha :). Have a great night and refuel from that run! Oh and Run Fat Boy Run is a decent movie 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 9, 2010, 2:26 am

    Congrats on your distance PR!!!!

  • Natalie January 9, 2010, 4:36 am

    woman, you kick supreme ass! congratulations times ten on the PR, it’s a great feeling! enjoy the party 🙂

  • Gelareh @ Orange Truffle January 9, 2010, 4:39 am

    Bravo for running in the snow… and congrats on the PR.. 🙂

  • Mandy @ University Cooking January 9, 2010, 8:00 pm

    Just thought I’d say i just came across your blog, and I’m definitely going to be following you from now on.

    I’m a geek trying to get my athlete on, but it’s a slow and bumpy process.


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