Sunday, September 25, 2005

I did it and then I slept

I have done my longest training run since this whole year started. Today's workout called for 200 minutes at 2/1 run/walk intervals. That is 3 hours and 20 minutes and I approached it with all the respect and fear I could muster. Coach Debi told me to do my utmost to try to keep my intervals at 2/1 Run/Walk the entire workout.

I did it! 15 miles!! Average pace of 13 minute miles.

I chose to run Point to Point since that replicates both the Army Ten Miler and the Marine Corps Marathon experiences. My run took me from my house in the Huntington region of Alexandria down to the Potomac River at the Belle Haven Marina and along the waterfront to the Memorial Bridge in DC. From there, I crossed the bridge into DC and ran back up the waterfront to the National Mall and the Smithsonian Castle.

In terms of nutrition, I had a Gu every 40 minutes and at the top of every hour I took an Endurolyte caplet. All of these things washed down with about 3 bottles of water. Thank goodness for the working water fountains on the Mt. Vernon Trail! At the end of the run, I treated myself to an Oatmeal Raisin PowerBar... YUMMY!

I then rode the Metro back home, took a shower, ate some tuna fish and crackers, watch some "Wallace and Grommit" on DVD and then napped for 3 hours. I didn't expect to nap for nearly as long as I ran today but I guess my body had a lot of repair work to do and didn't need me getting in the way!

I think that the hardest part of this long run is going to be the recovery. I fully expected that my Sunday shot of Interferon would feel more potent because my body is trying to do some post-run recovery. I took my shot less than 15 minutes ago following the "pre-shot tylenol" routine that I have always used with success and right now I have a headache and a small fever.

I will stay on top of it with Tylenol tonight and hopefully I won't feel like the walking dead tomorrow! Why?

Because after this workout I have at least earned the title of the "RUNNING DEAD"

Life is good! Live STRONG!


Ellie said...

Holly, you ROCK! That was a wonderful run and you will run like a deer at ATM.

Oldman said...

awesome girl!

Iron Benny said...

Nice job Holly, you are an inspiration to everyone. I like your blog. I will be checking in more often. Take care and keep up the good work. I wich I could run like that!

Anonymous said...

You go girl! :) All with a smile on your face, right? You're awesome--what a great accomplishment. :)