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March 20, 2010

Long Run Before Breakfast

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:30

What a beautiful way to welcome spring in New England. Sunny, slight breeze, 78* (according to my car).  Well maybe 78* is more like summer but considering that this time last weekend there were gale force winds, rain and overall yuck I’m not complaining. It was so nice to take a blanket and book and read outside in the campus dimple.  Makes me want summer 🙂

In fact, when I got done with my run at 1100 it was already 68* out.  What?! Crazy! I’m glad I went out first thing, my body is definitely not ready yet for that kind of weather.  It needs time to acclimate and figure out this thing called sweating and regulating body temperature efficiently ha!  Too bad Mother Nature wants to play games with my heart, tomorrow is suppose to be a high of 54*. It’s going to feel freezing as temperature is all relative.

Like I mentioned I was up and at ’em this morning with the running.  Partly because I couldn’t sleep.  I was having unsettling dreams and nosebleeds all night so after awhile it just feels pointless to just lay there.  I had to sleep with TWO pillows under my head and line the pillows so blood didn’t get everywhere soooo it felt extra pointless to stay in bed.  So I got up and knowing that it was going to be a warm one decided to just go for the LR immediately and try to beat the heat (oh how I hate that phrase! haha).

I wasn’t sure if that was going to be a smart move or not.  See, and I think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but my stomach is really finicky with what I can and can’t eat within a couple hours of a run.  Namely nothing 2-3 hours before, so I knew that eating breakfast was out of the question. My rumbling stomach, however, had a different idea and I settled on a tiny apple — the kind that they give out to kindergartners at lunchtime hah. It was a good compromise: it quieted my stomach but didn’t make me want to puke during the run.

The run itself was a bit unremarkable.  The pace was 9:22 on average.  Slower than I aim for (9:00).  But it was about 60 seconds off my current MP and 82 seconds off my GMP.  So not that bad per se. But the “upsetting” thing was that I was way off my game: my MO is to start slow and finish strong.  Week after week you’ve heard me “complain” of that: my first loops is turtle speed and then I pick it up.  Not today I could actually feel the last few miles slowing down.

I think it was party due to not having breakfast before going.  This is the first LR EVER (!) that I haven’t eaten beforehand.  Sure I’ve done runs up to 13.5 or so without fuel but I think that’s my limit for a comfortable run. I did have a hearty bowl of oatmeal with some canned fruit last night before going to bed but after tossing and turning all night I suspect my body burnt through it.

Another component? The weather.  Last week the pace of my LR was bad because of horrid winds and driving rain.  This week my body wasn’t ready for the 70* temps. As Sarah mentioned earlier today temperature plays a huge role in pace and that the increase in temp would likely slow it down.  I’m really glad I read that when I was done with my run today because I was getting pretty angry with myself for a perceived failure as to where I like to keep my pace. Thanks girl!

As for my shin/ankle, I think that PT didn’t really make it better haha.  After being touched so much yesterday it was a little more tender today than usual.  Nothing major or anything but I could tell going to bed last night that the area was “exhausted”.  Again, no pain but I had been avoiding doing anything to it (like working through ROM stuff) and I think that it was tuckered out last night.  Even though that might sound discouraging I’m actually excited about it because it means that the ultimate goal of PT for me (to increase ROM and reduce inflammation) is going to work.  Clearly the area has issues and after day 1 I can already feel it changing stuff.  Not instant gratification but encouraging to me.

So I think you guys lucked out on a short post (well short for me ha!). It is Saturday night after all.  I think a couple of my friends who are student teaching (and therefore didn’t get spring break, although don’t feel sorry for them as they got February break and will get April break!) are going to watch a movie.  Who knows what it’ll be but it’ll be a great way to end a day of long running and laying in the sun.  After all that excitement I am beat! 🙂

Oh and I sooooo want to show you guys pictures of my toes and feet.  Actually I want to show everyone I come into contact with.  But I’ll refrain and just say I have:

  • 1 black toe
  • 1 popped blood blister on my big toe
  • 3 regular blisters that are becoming calluses
  • 1 toenail that is so soft and malleable that I’m scared to even poke it for fear of it falling off

Oh such lovely feet I have.  The funny thing is that I’ve heard that it’s possible to train and have none of this happen.  But I wear it with a badge of honor and definitely wouldn’t change anything about it 🙂


  1. I never eat before working out in the mornings but I dont usually run more than 6 miles so its not a huge deal. My stomach is picky too about stuff before and after runs. I have eaten cherrios before runs and that seems to be ok. I cant have milk or coffee as the first thing that i eat after a run. I have to have like cereal or toast or something then coffee otherwise I will be on the floor in pain. its weird…not sure what you go through but i have like severe stomach cramps if i drink coffee too soon after a run. Oh and I just remembered if i have cereal (aka milk) before bed the night before then run in the morning I feel really bad (aka last weeks interval tuesday!!) haha ok thats it. have a good night!

    Comment by J — March 20, 2010 @ 21:11

  2. Sooo jealous of that temp! I am totally a hot weather runner (ie 70 degrees and hotter please!) it dropped to the 30s here 😦 so my LR tomorrow will be chilly…boo. And I hear ya’ on the nasty feet. I try to soak mine but I think they are beyond hope! It is a ‘badge of honor’ for sure though! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — March 20, 2010 @ 22:00

  3. The temps fried me today too!

    Comment by Matt — March 20, 2010 @ 22:08

  4. I could have never done that long run without anything to eat beforehand! I applaud you! As bad as my stomach gets, too (oatmeal incident I’d rather not discuss), I just have to eat before a longer workout like that. Guess that’s why I thrive with the later workouts? 🙂

    And sleeping with two pillows under your head always blows. So uncomfortable… hopefully you get better rest tonight! 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 20, 2010 @ 22:19

  5. Wait…what?! Nosebleeds? Eek! IS that serious?

    The weather really affects my running, too, and all I do is run 2-4 miles. When it’s really hot, I find myself getting tired easily. So I have to cut my run short.

    Comment by sophia — March 20, 2010 @ 23:16

  6. Heat! I love love love heat, although not really when I’m running. 50-60* is my ideal running temp. That said, I soaked up a delicious afternoon of 75* here today….and have the sunburn to prove it! 🙂

    Sorry about your rough night of sleep. What’s up with the nosebleeds? Everything ok?

    Hope that ankle feels better soon. Judging from recent posts, it sounds like you have a solid plan to handle it. Almost race time….

    Comment by runningfiance — March 21, 2010 @ 01:21

  7. I can’t eat anything 2-3 hours before a run or any workout other than strength either! And it has to be something really mild flavoured, so annoying!

    Hope you get a better nights sleep tonight, those nosebleeds must be horrible, hope you’re ok.

    Comment by Laura — March 21, 2010 @ 06:02

  8. Hi! You’re at that stage in your training cycle, where the cumulative (hope I spelled that correctly) mileage is starting to take a toll on you. It’s not a problem at all, just something to keep in mind as to why you may not be able to kick in those final miles of the LR. It’s all good, though, taper will do it’s magic and you will be feeling fresh as the spring air come the Big Day! Also, keep up the PT. I don’t have what you have, but my PT didn’t help at first; it was like what you said- more tender. Keep in mind that she is working to strengthen your ankle. In time it will be for the best. You will come back stronger than before, even if it’s not paying up front. Does that make sense? You’re doing awesome! Everything from here on out is hay in the barn.

    Comment by Rebecca — March 21, 2010 @ 09:12

    • Thank you for this comment. I think that it definitely is a part of it but I didn’t want to say it for fear of someone saying “you run too much. duh” haha. But I think you know where I’m coming from (as I totally look up to your for my running!) I’m actually semi-looking forward to the taper to get that spring back 🙂 And your comment re: PT is spot-on. I don’t think it’ll do much to help with Boston all that much but long term. Soooo thanks again. I love reading your insights 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 21, 2010 @ 16:12

  9. Oh my gosh you totally should have come to the race yesterday! It was so fun. Good thing you pulled out though, it was a sper hilly course and would have been hard on your ankles. Do you live near Holyoke??

    Comment by Kelli — March 21, 2010 @ 09:24

    • No I don’t live near the area. I have a friend who does and he ran it and we were going to do it together but I had to pull out because I didn’t want to race on the ankle. Bummer. It would have been cool to possibly meet up!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 21, 2010 @ 16:14

  10. FYI… I pay for everything that goes into my mouth.

    Comment by Matt — March 21, 2010 @ 10:46

  11. Lol I am not getting uppity 😉 Why do you think I work so much? I was pretty much cut off! They pay my rent and for some luxury items like massages 😉 but I pay for the rest.

    Comment by Matt — March 21, 2010 @ 10:51

  12. Sorry to hear about your sleepless night, that stinks! Hope you’re feeling better.
    I usually don’t eat before my runs in the morning, but then again I haven’t run long enough yet that I think I need it. Once I start getting up there in mileage I probably will have a little something, but I’m like you where my stomach is very picky about what it can and cannot have before a work out. Before races though I always eat something, partly because they are usually later in the morning than I normally run and partly because I just feel like I should haha.
    Also, in my experience with PT, I definitely don’t feel better right away.. sometimes I think it even gets worse the first few days.. but PT has always helped in the long run so I’d stick with it if you can!

    Comment by BostonRunner — March 21, 2010 @ 12:18

  13. After much experimentation I have now learned for runs over 6 miles I need to eat something. I have settled on white bagels (easier to digest) + peanut butter exactly 90 minutes before I run. 2 hours is better.

    Comment by katerina — March 21, 2010 @ 12:41

  14. Lovely feet indeed. Today, after a leisurely jog in the forest, I saw an 80 year old walking along slowly. A smile revealed full sert of teeth and a tenacious spirit. What blessings have we, to move, to run toward and away…Gosh, it is such a blessing, in a world where many women are just stuggling to survive…

    Comment by specialkphd — March 21, 2010 @ 14:32

  15. lol.. time to get a pedicure? and freak out whoever it is you go to??? hehe.

    goshhh it was HOTTT out yesterday! i did 9 and wanted to jump in the ocean after. if only the ocean was closer to me i totally would’ve gone. BTW if it’s hot after eastern states we can jump in since it’s on the coast!!! i stood in it last year to “ice” even tho it was storming. heheh. i love the ocean.

    Comment by Lacey — March 21, 2010 @ 14:56

  16. oh also– nosebleeds?!/! that sounds scary???

    Comment by Lacey — March 21, 2010 @ 14:56

  17. I hate eating before runs. I just eat an energy bar before long runs and sometimes I can still feel in my stomach.

    Comment by runjess — March 21, 2010 @ 15:11

  18. Re: food before you run … looks like the nosebleed and interrupted sleep didn’t help either. It’s only one LR and you did fine.

    Re: feet. I often wonder about all those issues too. I’ve been lucky so far with a few annoying/sore calluses. What type of socks do you where? I don’t believe much of the “gotta get THIS type of gear” hype from fellow runners. Stuff is expensive, ya know. That said, I do pay a bit more for socks. No cotton. I run in Wrightsocks “Coolmesh” … they have double layers so cuts down on the rubbing which causes blister.

    Comment by a marathoner — March 21, 2010 @ 17:21

    • I do wear cotton socks and that definitely would play a role in my blisters. I suppose that’s what I meant when I said “if training properly you shouldn’t get blisters”. It really only happens when it’s either really hot out (aka lots of sweat) or if I’m running really fast (like intervals). I rarely get them but when I do I tend to get 3 or 4 at once hah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 22, 2010 @ 22:36

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