Thursday, May 15, 2008

A New Distance PR

Run Time: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes Run Distance: 10 Miles

So yesterday was a very nice day by the time afternoon rolled around. I fought traffic just so that I could get an outdoor run in on the trails by my house. (In rush hour it takes me over an hour to get home so to avoid rush hour usually I go to the gym). Anyways, yesterday I hit 10 miles. Now...I understand that this is a big leap for someone who has been taking some lighter runs the past few weeks in an attempt to get rid of side stitches...but hear me out...

So I'm running....It's gorgeous outside, the wind is blowing just perfect so that you aren't blown away yet are nicely cooled. The trails are packed with cyclists, rollerbladers and a few fellow runners. I've found that it really helps to see other people when I run because then there are so many more distractions to take in. I was really enjoying this run and you could tell because before I knew it I was 4 miles out. Well, I really could have stopped there...but I wanted to see what was ahead. I've decided this might be a little trouble spot to my running on these trails. I keep wanting to charge ahead to see what's up there. Yesterday I ran clear into another city just to see what was ahead. But anyway, I went another mile and then turned back around at 5 because I knew that it would then be 10 miles by the time I returned. Although I really do still want to know what's out there...I guess I'll have to bike it someday.

But anyway, that's how I ended up with a 10 mile run. The run back was clearly not as exciting as the run out there. But it was odd...I didn't really feel exhausted or extremely sore. My body did start to shoot out some warning signals towards the end...however I finished feeling like I had just finished 3 miles. It was really odd. I didn't feel extremely exhausted right away. But I definetly feel a little more sore today.

8 comments:

*jen* said...

Wow, great job! I will be so psyched when I can say I did a double digit run.

I know you do a lot of X-T and work on the elliptical; do your knees ever bother you after working out on it? I used one yesterday for a lousy 20 minutes and I woke up in the middle of the night and my knees weren't exactly killing me but they really hurt. I don't get it.

Rachel said...

Jen,

I don't usually have knee pain on the eliptical but I used to get foot pain and still do sometimes. Do you belong to a gym? I know that if you are standing correctly on the eliptical sometimes it can cause some pain. You could ask a trainer to watch you if you have that option. Knee pain isn't a good thing so I'd be careful with that one...

Rachel said...

*I meant if you aren't standing correctly...yikes!

EmLit said...

Way to go, Rachel! Ten miles is awesome, especially considering the trouble you've been having lately with the side stitches, but it sounds like those have taken a hike (knock wood)!

As an aside, I have also had trouble with the elliptical in the past which is why I don't do it. I never feel like my feet are positioned quite right and although I've never had any knee pain as a result, I never feel like the stride is comfortable...or natural for that matter. I think that like so many things in life, it works great for some and not so great for others.

Alissa said...

Hi Rachel, I just found your blog. Great job hitting a new distance PR! I know exactly what your talking about, when you end up going much farther then normal and not feeling like it was that hard. I think that's the runners high kicking in. I very rarely have those kind of runs on on work days. Too drained I guess. Do you have a snack before afternoon workouts?

Rachel said...

Alissa-

I do sometimes eat a light snack in the afternoon but usually it's just a lot of water. I was really fearful of the side stitch issue so I used to lean more on the no food anywhere near (and I mean like 4 hours!) before workout. But now I've started at least eating something small an hour before for energy.

chris said...

Nicely done, Rachel. 10 miles is HUGE. And to know have to deal with the stitches is a plus. This might make the beginning of your next phase of training--side stitch free!

alienontherun said...

ok, I've read your post 3 times already to make sure i wasn't missing something! No side stitches?!?!?!? WOOHOOO!!!
Also, great job on 10 miles!