My 8-miler two weeks ago went like this:
My 9-miler last Sunday did NOT go like that!
I won't even show you pictures. It was bad. I didn't eat right before I left; I didn't even eat right the day before; and, I was definitely not smiling at the end.
Words to the wise:
- Eat before long runs. Try to get it in at least an hour before you go.
- Get a little caffeine and hydration in BEFORE you leave. I took my CamelBak on the 9-miler with H2O and Gatorade, but I needed it more before, not during.
- Eat right the day before. Make sure you're carbed-up, and stay away from the beer! My post-Warrior Dash celebratory beers did me no favors.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Enough said.
More words to the wise: Let yourself recover after long runs! I got home from my 9-miler, iced for about 20 minutes, and then left to go to the Georgia Renaissance Festival with some friends. We then commenced drinking beer and walking around all day in the 90-degree heat. BAD IDEA.
Don't get me wrong; the Ren Fest was amazing! We had a blast!
But, I literally could not walk up and down stairs on Monday. LET YOURSELF RECOVER. Stick with with the tried and true RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation. You can't go wrong with a little of that in your life.
In other news, I got a new road bike! She's beautiful. I had been wanting a new bike for a long time since mine is so old and heavy. This beauty is so light and fast!
Oh, I love her so much! Can't wait for my triathalon and my century next year! She's going to do wonderfully.