20 miles / 2:57 / 8:51 avg pace
*This was a tough one. It was so humid you could cut the air with a knife. My average pace felt hard and there wasn’t an inch of me that was dry. Check out my shorts post-run (I can’t believe I’m posting this awful close-up). I wore my Lululemon Willpower shorts and they are absolutely fantastic. Nike tempo what?!
This weekend is my friend Amanda’s bachelorette party so I’m heading down the shore today for some drinking and dancing with the Mains. So what am I doing to ensure I can still dance (and stay awake) after 20 miles?
1. Drink chocolate milk immediately post-run. I literally put the chocolate milk in a thermos and wrap it in an ice pack so I can drink it right away. I don’t mess around!
2. Foam roll. I spent a good 10 minutes foam rolling when I got home.
3. Ice bath. I generally don’t ice bath but I’ll take all the help I can get today.
4. Coffee/carbs/water. After a 5:00AM wake-up call, I desperately need coffee in order to hang tonight. And then I’ll need lots of water to counteract the dehydration from the 20-miler, coffee, and (eventually) beer. I’ll also be eating a mini-meal of carbs every 3-4 hours. Empty stomach + beer = bad news.
5. If all else fails, drink beer. It’ll numb the soreness in your legs! Yes, that is asparagus on the side there. You need to balance out the beer with some healthy eats.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Awesome job on your run! way to fight through the humidity! Have so much fun this weekend!!
Morgan @ Endorphaholic says
Major props fot running through the humidity! Have fun living it up tonight!
you rock! great job on knocking out your 20-miler pre bachelorette party. i’m also impressed by your recovery efforts – chocolate milk, foam rolling and an ice bath!? wishing you minimally sore legs and LOTS of fun this weekend! 🙂
oh and your shorts look great! don’t you love the wider waist band that doesn’t cut into you like the tempo shorts!?
YES! they are incredible. they look even better not saturated with sweat 😉
Have fun this weekend! Sounds like a great time!
I have to try those shorts! Did I tell you I thought of you on Saturday when the girl in front of me in the bathroom line was wearing the ultra-ugly raceready shorts?!?
Great 20 miler! It’ll make the marathon conditions feel easy!
Now you can drink 20 beers!
I think I have a way around the race ready shorts for my next marathon! They are pretty hideous but totally practical!
You will LOVE the Lulu shorts!
i just went on their website to order them. It just keeps defaulting to a size 4. Is that the only size they come in? I think i’d be swimming in them! Do they have pockets?
No, they come in all sizes…that’s odd. They run small. I wear a size 4 and I got a size 6. They have a shallow, zippered pocket in the back. The waistband is awesome and they are so comfortable.
Holly @ pink runner says
Oh my gosh you are awesome!! Good call on the ice bath, I always take one after super long runs! Do you wear compression socks/sleeves?? I always snuck them on under my regular clothes if I was going out lol. I really think they help 🙂 Have fun!!
I have never tried them since I don’t get too much soreness in my calves. It’s usually my quads and glutes that hurt!
I’m with you on being drenched running today! Man, it’s humid out!
I love the asparagus next to the beer 🙂
Have fun! Great sweaty run! My gosh, you are awesome!
I wished so bad I could take a pic today to show how soaked my shorts were – you really captured it! I agree with your plan of survival – coffee is essential. Ice cold chocolate milk after a hot run is freakin amazing. Have a great time tonight!
I am finally catching up on your entries. I am jealous of your 20-mile run and pace. You are so going to kick this marathon’s butt.
Love this! Awesome job on the run – that’s a speedy avg pace! I do the same thing with my chocolate milk – so nice to have cold recovery drink right after a long run!! And from your more recent posts, it looks like you had a fantastic weekend – I’ll have to run a 20 miler right before my 30th birthday, so I’ll definitely have to look back on your tips! 🙂