I'll get this over with first -- I didn't run 16 miles today as intended. I ran 13 instead, and there is really no excuse. I should have finished but I passed by my car at mile 13 and I veered and stopped. Silver lining: at least I got out there and ran!!
Can you guess what my first Return of the Noob move was?
NOOB MOVE #1:
Failure to properly apply sunscreen. The noobiest noob move of the noobiest kind. Ugh. It was HOT in San Francisco this weekend (read: in the 70s) but there is no excuse for doing this to my poor skin. I did apply 30 SPF to my face and chest but clearly I should have applied all over, worn a hat, and then reapplied at some point.
NOOB MOVE #2:
Not finishing the last 3 miles. Come on, noob. Now I'm going to obsess over this missed mileage all week. And the thing is, I wasn't even *that* tired. I mean I could have knocked out those few in no time at all. But the comfort of my car, a bottle of cold water, and seeing my kiddos outweighed my motivation to finish.
NOOB MOVE #3:
I'm happy to say it was NOT hydration that was a noob move this time (baby steps!). I actually invested in a hand held water bottle before my run, so I was breaking it in for the very first time today. This is how I wore it for the first few miles.
And I kept thinking to myself "Ugh!! Who in the world are the product designers for this thing?! This strap is SO uncomfortable and scratchy against my hand!" I kept readjusting it and moving it around. I thought, "I'll have to start putting Glide on my hands or it's going to chafe!" But then common sense found it's way to my door and I realized I was holding it all wrong. THIS is how you're supposed to run with it. Nice and soft and cushy. WHAT. A. NOOB.
I should write down what I ate yesterday and this morning because I felt really great during the run. No cramps or weird burps (sorry - too much information) and I felt full of energy almost the whole time. This morning I had a small cup of coffee with soy milk and a cinnamon raisin bagel with preserves. I also took a pack of Clif Bloks with me and ate 2 of them about every 4 miles and they gave me just enough of a boost when I needed it. Plus tons of water!
The most difficult parts for me were the miles that had me running into the wind. If you've been to our beautiful City by the Bay, you know how windy it can be by the water. I've mentioned before that sometimes I use visualization to help me keep going when my mind is telling me to stop. Today, when I was running into the wind, I was remembering how strong my legs are and that there were two strings -- one coming out of my head pulling me up into proper posture, and the other string coming out of my pelvis pulling me forward. And then when I powered through the strongest winds and got to turn around, I visualized the wind blowing me forward so fast like The Flash. These little mind exercises are so great for me, and keep me occupied when I'm moving.
My pace was 10:40 which was a little faster than I planned since I'm aiming for a 10:45 average pace at the marathon. This is hard for me to accept a bit. Pre-kids I used to run a steady 9-minute mile with the occasional dip down into the 8 somethings. So it's been a gradual adjustment for me to be okay with a slower time. I was talking to my friend Mags one day many years ago and telling her how my pace has slowed quite a bit since having kids but I want to improve it. She said something like if you want to run faster just run faster. Which sounds absurd I know but it's true! She made the point that you can push your body to run faster, and that it's our minds that often hold us back. I think once CIM is over, I'll enter races that are shorter and really try to improve my pace.
My "done" selfie! So happy to be able to sit. By the way this is now my fourth pair of Yurbuds. I don't know why I keep either losing the whole pair or losing those little rubber things that go in your ears. I feel like Yurbuds makes the rubber things just loose enough so that you have to keep paying twenty bucks to replace them!
I came home and shoved all kinds of random stuff into my belly: a hunk of sourdough bread smeared in hummus, a cup of chocolate almond milk, and a handful of trial mix (the not good for you kind with little chocolates in it :) Then I made the hot mess on the left (tofu pad thai) and the pretty kale salad on the right. I put pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries on top. It was tasty but Jon pointed out we should buy the baby kale next time because this was a little fibrous for me!
Now I'm going to tell you the two gadgets I bought that arrived today (perfect timing!). The first one is a Body Back Buddy Jr. which is like a cane with different sized balls all over it. Oh mama it gets in all those acupressure points that are hard to reach. The second is this Gideon Trigger Point Self-Massager. This thing is genius. I hold so much tension in my neck and this lets me really move around in those neck muscles to knead the knots out. Love love love. This is my bliss face.
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