Saturday, May 1, 2010

ran away today barefoot, perspective and morning fuel.

  I knew when the spawn were seriously pushing my buttons this morning that I had to run away.
I did 6.25 barefoot miles on my hill route and managed to do it in 65 minutes.  I was not pushing myself so I am thinking that doing my hill route with a spawn in the stroller at least once a week is making me stronger!

  I saw a dude struggling up a killer hill and was kind of out of breath but managed to yell "good job biker!" and wave and yell "good job" when he looked over at me.  I wanted to say something sassier like "way to kick that hills ass" but I was kinda shy and a bit out of breathe anyways.

  While chugging up my hills I  concentrated on getting in touch with what I want from my 5k next weekend.  I have been telling myself that I want to place in my age group yet that is something that if I don't do, it I will inevitably be depressed about so of course I have been stressing about it.
The epiphany that came to me today was that I am going to empty my tank on that 5k.  There will be nothing left when I am done. If I throw up in front of hundreds, so be it. If I pass out  or die at the finish line, so be it. I am going to empty the tank. It will only be icing on the cake if I place. I will know I ran my best. The decision has been made and now, miraculously, I am at ease and excited and so looking forward to it!  What a beautiful thing perspective can be.

 Speaking of empty tanks, I didn't eat anything before I left for my run this morning. I had  some water and a cup of coffee with rice  milk.  I think its beneficial to run on an empty tank occasionally to burn some fat and to train my body and mind to keep on keepin on when I am tired and hungry.  It wasn't intentional today but I was able to deal.
The hardest part for me about running in the mornings is that I don't fuel well and feel sluggish.  A banana is always a trusty snack to grab but being gluten and casein free its hard to just pop in some toast or grab a muffin although I do have a muffin mix I want to test again.

 On the way home,  I was passed by a man riding a 3 wheeled hand cranked bike.  He said "you make my feet hurt and I can't even feel mine!". Smart ass :)   He said he wants to get to 100 mile rides by the end of May and has done RAGBRAI several time which is a bike ride across Iowa. We talked for about 5 minutes which is probably where the 5 of my 65 minutes comes from! Happy Biking sassy guy!

The lilacs were so sweet in spots along my route that it was almost too much. Almost. The scent was so thick I could taste it!
I finally have some frozen mixed berries to munch on!  We went grocery shopping today!  I was out for a couple of days and going through withdrawals! Now I am cold and can't get warmed back up.
  I realized after wearing my new running skirt that I bought at Kohl's today that its not a good idea to go clothing shopping the day before Aunt Flo is estimated to arrive since in a week it will fit differntly.  Its a very comfortable skirt and has a great pocket for my phone of a GU pack and it doesn't pull the skirt down at all.
I have been wearing the skirt all day and have often wondered how I managed to go so long in life without wearing a running skirt every day!

 So what do you fuel up on in the mornings before a run?
Best of luck to all the racers this weekend!!!!!

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