I’m already sore from today’s long run. I went out too hard in the beginning and paid for it most of my run. I should have listened to my HRM when it told me I was working too hard!
I got a late start because I managed to sleep in later than usual then took my time getting out the door. Oatmeal has been my pre-race/long workout food for as long as I’ve been doing this stuff and it’s always the perfect amount and type of fuel for my body. I always make it with soy milk and top it with whatever berries I have on hand plus sometimes walnuts or flax seeds. Today I stuck with just blueberries that came out of my freezer (I need to get to the market!). I carried a water bottle with ElectroMIX, my choice electrolyte mix because it has no sugar and a chocolate cliff shot (tastes like chocolate doughnut filling!), which I ate at my turn-around.
My route today was mapped out in advance with the specific purpose of brining a belt I finally found in my closet from a dress I’d previously consigned to the consignment shop so they’d have the whole outfit. I ran toward Laurel village, but mistakenly took the wrong street, which offered up views of amazing houses- and some hills I hadn’t planed on running. After my belt delivery to a very snotty salesperson (I should have just forgotten about it!), I headed into the Presidio and ran a long way down the trail to reach Crissy Field. I concentrated on not losing my footing but also letting my body weight propel me forward. Gotta take advantage of the downhills when I can! I ran the length of Crissy Field, into the wind, of course, then climbed up to the bridge. I walked most of the climb, trying to catch my breath and take in the views. Once on the bridge, I felt stressed out and my heart rate was up, even during my walk breaks. I was amused and annoyed to find that there are actually bikers out there who bike slower than I run! I took a short break at the other end of the bridge then headed back across, fighting more wind and tourist-watching. My rubber band fell out of my braid halfway across but luckily I managed to pin my hair back using my hat and headband. When I finally arrived back on the SF side of the bridge, I took off onto my favorite (quiet!) scenic trail in the city. I immediately felt my blood pressure lower and observed how suddenly I was enjoying my run. That didn’t last long because I began climbing again but soon after, I congratulated myself for planning this run well- so I was running down the Baker beach hill, not up! I made the executive call when I reached 25th avenue to head home, not continue on to the Legion of Honor, as was the plan. I had just reached 2 hours and I was tired. My goal was to run to a coffee shop, then walk home with my full-fat latte. Unfortunately, the coffee shop I like was closed, so I headed home, consoling myself with my silly-looking heel/toe walks.
2 hour run/walk, 10.5ish miles 9 min run/1 min walk, extra walking on up or down hills when needed
HRM says I burned 1211 calories and spent 2/3 of my time in ZN5- that’s working at nearly 90% of my maximum HR- not good but don’t think the numbers my watch has programmed for me are totally accurate, should do something about that…