After a few solid long runs and a big bottle of red wine, I am feeling much, much better about this whole marathon thing.
You see, following the DDV (this is the name we’ve given to the virus that went through our family), I lost two things: leg speed and the ability to taste. (Okay, 40-something old lady leg speed is different than real leg speed, but still.)
But boy, the fact that coffee, my beloved strong, go-to fuel source, tasted like the inside of am empty tin can was enough to make me stop running and start a marathon to couch program ASAP.
And the fact that I could run a 16-miler at 8:09 pace before I could even breathe out of my right nostril or eat a full, square meal, was no consolation for my the loss of my true favorite pastime: running like a banshee up a neighborhood street during a stride, dodging speeding luxury vehicles with annoyed drivers at the helm.
You have your luxury car. But I have strides!
Anyway, all is not lost, as I am slowly coming back to normalcy. However, I did add a glass of red wine to my long list of the “little things” that need to be done during marathon training. You have your foam roller. I have my wine.
That’s because when I was able to taste again, I embraced flavor; I haven’t looked back. Here are a few of my favorites:
Coconut Chia Kefir
Crunchy almond butter
Ginger mango chutney
They all make me SO HAPPY.
As do the trails. And the trails of miles.
Last week’s training:
25 minute tempo (you have to start somewhere!): 7:05 average
Long hill climb (12 miles total for the run)
3 x (3 x 600)
18 miles @8:03 average
One thing I am working on more diligently, besides drinking my glass of wine each night, is recovery. I bring nutrition with me to every run, so that I have excuses. I am increasing my intake of electrolytes, as it is my opinion that drinking too much water can dilute your stores. Especially when running high mileage.
More than anything, I am happy to be back out there. Just putting in the miles and working towards a goal makes me happy. So, so happy.
Have a great week!