At this time last year, I was training for the New York City Marathon. I don’t love marathons and over the past few years, I’ve significantly scaled back my races due to cost.
Most of my friends in DC are runners, so I’ve signed up for the Navy Air Force Half Marathon, Army Ten Miler, and C&O Half Marathon. I’m also considering signing up for a few 10k races with Potomac Runners. These smaller local races are always by far my favorite – packet pick up is a breeze, there are few runners, and the price is typically affordable.
I’m a Saturday morning long runner, which means I can’t go crazy the night before. When I lived in NYC and wasn’t in peak training mode, my friend and I used to run the Central Park loop at 5 PM. It was such a fun alternative to going out to a bar and because my body was used to the route, I could still do a solid run on Saturday morning. Because I’ve been working later and Virginia is DARN hot, I do a 7:15 AM spinning class at Zengo Cycle instead and avoid happy hours when possible.
If I’m running 9-12 miles, which is pretty much every weekend for the next two months, I eat either a half a PB sandwich or bring a GU. This morning I actually got up REALLY early because my apartment complex lost power and the lack of AC led to a pretty crappy sleep. Since I woke up at 6:20 AM (!!), I ended up eating a bowl of wheat squares, a little milk, and blueberries. I ran at 8 AM since the weather was actually pretty nice.
Since I don't have a running crew here yet, I've been loving podcasts. I’ve been listening to the same ones, so I mixed it up and loaded Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (love Aubrey Plaza), Stuff you Missed in History (love Jane Austen), Planet Money, and Slate Money. I actually got through most of them since I started listening as I was getting ready and warming up.
I didn’t feel great due to my crappy sleep (and full disclosure, a few happy hours drinks), so I started my run fairly slow, picked it up in the middle, and finished slow. Normally I finish fast, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
I stopped at two water fountains during my run, but I still drank a full glass of water once I returned. I got ready and ran errands (with another full water bottle – I need a lot of water since I sweat so much!) and then had a normal lunch.
In terms of nutrition, I’ve spoken to several friends who stress when they don't eat protein right after working out. I’m never hungry right after a long run or tough workout so nearly always wait. I liked this article, as it addresses many myths, including the fact that protein is not hyper critical right after a hard workout.
I was feeling totally exhausted, so I took at 20 minute nap mid-afternoon. These long summer runs seriously take so much out of me!
Kate Scott is an avid runner, who has completed three marathons and numerous half marathons. She travels frequently, most recently to Toulouse and Bordeaux in France. She currently lives in Northern Virginia and is a certified public accountant.