Long Run Nerves

I don’t know what it is, but for some reason, I get nervous before my long runs.

The nervousness sets in around mid-week, usually after I finish my third (or….second….) training run of the week and the only run I have left is my long run.

It’s not that I mind long runs once I’m actually doing them (well, maybe the last 3 miles of them) but I just build them up in my head to be this huge big deal. Aka: I psych myself out.

When I laced my shoes up before my long run this weekend, I felt like I was gearing up for battle.

Please take a pic of me before my scary long run, Tuna!

Take a pic of me before my scary long run, Tuna!

What am I scared of?

I’m scared of walking. I’m scared of failing and not being able to finish the run. If I really think about it, I have to ask myself – why am I so scared? What is the worst that will happen?

I’ll have to walk. Or I won’t be able to finish a run. Big deal. That doesn’t make me a terrible person or a failure. But that hasn’t even happened yet. The thought of stopping doesn’t even cross my mind during the run.

It must be all in my head, man.

I was glad I finished this weekend’s run strong (unlike 2 weeks ago) and felt really good!

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Please ignore the random ass 0.00 distances. Still gettin' used to my Garmin!

Please ignore the random ass 0.00 distances. Still gettin’ used to my Garmin!

I tried using some gel fuel for the first time at mile 6, and it really helped.

2013-02-09 16.08.37I definitely felt stronger and less fatigued. It tasted pretty damn disgusting though. I’m going to try a few different flavors (I tried strawberry) before I completely rule out gel. I might be a shotbloks girl.

Only three more long runs to complete before the Shamrock Half! Eek!

Do you get pre-long run jitters?

Please tell me if you have any tricks or tips to prevent dreading your long runs!

Blueberry Bread

Lately (ok, ever since the Holidays) I have been eating a shit ton of store bought treats for snacks at work. Power bar after power bar and cookies galore.

It’s a lot easier to just buy already made and packaged snacks at the grocery store to take on the go.

This needs to stop asap. 

Remember when I used to bring homemade pumpkin protein bars and vegan scones everywhere?

I need to get back into that habit.

    •  It’s healthier – you know exactly what is in your food – all natural, nothing processed.
    •  It’s cheaper – each baking episode yields way more food than buying individual bars at the store.

The problem is that I’m tired of the old recipes I used to make.

Cue new delicious and nutritious blueberry bread! I’m definitely taking this as my afternoon snack this week.

blueberrybread3Recipe adapted from The Lemon Bowl. 

Ingredients: 

    • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 cup wheat germ
    • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
    • 1 cup blueberries – fresh or frozen
    • 1/3 cup splenda or sugar substitute
    • 3 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 2/3 cups low fat vanilla yogurt
    • 3 eggs (use 2 eggs, 1 egg white)
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350°F and grease a bread pan with cooking spray.

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl: oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, sugar, and wheat germ.

Beat together eggs, yogurt, and vanilla extract on medium speed with a mixer. Gently stir in the dry ingredients.

Fold blueberries into the batter and pour into the bread pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

Let the bread cool completely before serving.

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Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday! 

Vampire 5K

Guess what I signed up for?

The Vampire 5K. 

This is solely a fun run (no chip timing) which is exactly what I’ll need in April after I’m recovering from the Shamrock Half Marathon.

It basically looks like a silly and intense game of tag with some buddies! Kind of like The Color Run but with a point to it. Thanks to Ali for telling me about it!

I’m excited for our clan of vampires to kick ass.

Click here for the living social deal! It’s usually $60, but with this coupon the event is only $30.

Have you ever participated in something like the Vampire 5K? I know there are similar fun runs with zombies, etc. 

The Solution to a Stomachache

Alright, I’m finally being honest with you.

For pretty much all of my half marathon training, I’ve been doing 3 out of my 4 scheduled runs per week.

I’m still doing the long runs – so doesn’t 3 out of 4 runs count?

But really, it’s hard to have time to squeeze in a run, and it’s currently really effing cold outside.

Since this past week was the long run break week (week 6) I figured it was a good chance to come clean and catch up.

That’s why I reallllly wanted to be able to cross that extra run off my list on Friday.

Unfortunately, my stomach started hurting at work in the afternoon and wouldn’t let up. I must have eaten something bad because I sure was strugglin’. I debated whether or not I should stick with my plan to go to the gym.

I did end up going – but I shouldn’t have.

It certainly wasn’t a very fun run. I was nauseous and my stomach kept cramping and I basically sprinted to the bathroom when the distance hit 3.00.

Once I got to Tuna’s, my stomach hurt so much I couldn’t even stretch or foam roll.

And you know something’s wrong if I couldn’t foam roll.

It was getting late, and Tunes and I totally needed to get something
for dinner.

He asked if I was still in the mood to order sushi – but that was the last thing I wanted with my stomachache.

I promptly fell asleep on the couch and didn’t wake up until Tuna came back with food.

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Cheese fries and pizza from Ledo Pizza.

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30 minutes later, with every bit of food devoured and starting to digest – my stomach felt better.

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Not all the way better, but I wasn’t smushed into the fetal position anymore either.

I guess sometimes your stomach just needs some cheese fries.

What do you do when you have a stomachache? Any particular foods that help you?