14 miles / 2:01 / 8:39 avg pace
I’m a creature of routine. Every night before my long run I do the following (don’t mock me):
- check the hourly forecast on weather.com
- lay out my running clothes near my bed
- lay out my hair bands, headband, Body Glide, sunscreen, Aquaphor (winter only), and contacts in my bathroom
- lay out towels, ShotBloks, water bottle, and chocolate milk in the kitchen
- set my alarm for some ungodly early hour
This sounds involved but I’ve been doing it for so long now I can easily pull everything together in 5-10 minutes. Then I literally roll out of bed the next morning and go. I don’t have to think about anything nor do I forget anything.
Last night Matt and I watched a movie (Crazy, Stupid Love – it was good) and then a few episodes of House Hunters and I was feeling lazy and tired so I just went to bed – no long run prep. I also slept in since it was freezing out (the later I go running, the warmer it is!). After rolling out of bed at 7:30 (unheard of for me, I’m usually a few miles into my run by then), I slowly got ready and started running at 8:30.
I knew what was coming. And cursed myself for staying in bed so long. My stomach growled at mile 2. Crap. I don’t eat before any of my runs (read why here) and since I’m generally done running at 8:30 and about to eat breakfast, I never get hungry during a long run…even 22 miles. So not good. I ate 3 ShotBloks and felt a little bit better. Thankfully, I brought a few extra with me just in case.
Two and a half packs of ShotBloks later, I was done and booking it back to my car for some chocolate milk. I eat that many ShotBloks for a marathon! Too many for such a short distance. Ugh.
I also forgot to put on sunscreen and Body Glide. Damn chafing and sun damage!
Moral of the story: get your butt out of bed early and lay out everything ahead of time.
Do you have a long run routine? Do you find yourself sleeping in a bit more now that the weather is colder? I’m so guilty of this, especially since I’m not technically training for anything right now.