I had 11 miles on tap this morning and it was officially the last long run of this training cycle. I have an 8 miler to do next weekend and after doing many longer runs in the double digits lately, 8 miles doesn't seem too far. It is crazy how training for endurance events can warp our idea of what is considered long and what is not. In my rational, non-training brain, I am pretty sure I would think 8 miles is a long way to go :) I am really looking forward to this upcoming half! In all my years of running, I have yet to do a half or full marathon in my home town and am glad that Route 66 will be my first.
I finished up the run in decent time, especially considering the wind is blowing like there is no tomorrow out there. I kept a 9:30/mile and completed the distance in 1 hour and 44 minutes. I'll take it. I hope to PR at the half with a time of 1:52:59 or below. I would be thrilled if I came in under 1:50 but I certainly will not be putting any extra pressure on myself. What will be, will be!
Once I arrived home, I stuffed the first edible thing I saw into my mouth. It just so happened to be a cereal bar by Barbara's Bakery. It was tasty and did the trick. I would have preferred to have eaten something with a bit more protein to help my muscles recover but it was there and we are running low on groceries. So I ate it! I do plan to write up a post about pre and post run/workout fuel at some point in the near future, so be on the lookout.
Once showered I stuck three pieces of veggie pizza into the oven. Leftover from dinner last night at Upper Crust. It was great last night and still delicious today! It had marinara, mozzarella, tomatoes, goat cheese, artichoke hearts, red pepper, red onion, and parmesan. Really good. I'd like to try and recreate this at home with whole wheat crust.
Enjoy your Saturday. See you tomorrow with a fun recipe!