Thursday, October 13, 2011

Challenging Run for Thai Thursday

Challenging Run
As always, you guys are awesome. I loved reading all of your comments yesterday. And Kristina, you do know me, I most definitely wasn't fishing for compliments or looking for an ego boost. I guess I am just curious what keeps people coming back. But I think it boils down to feeling like friends. Or I sure feel that way.

Today I had my 6-mile temp run scheduled. The plan called for 1 mile warmup, 4 miles at 8:24 min/mile, 1 mile cool down. It was a gorgeous sunny day, but gusting winds. Winds + tempo run = barfy. It was hovering close to 80 degrees, but the wind definitely made it feel cooler, so that was probably the only plus for the winds.

I got going and hit mile 1 at 9 minutes then picked it up. I had a vague idea of mile markers at that point because I was going a different direction on the river trail. I managed to hit miles 2 and 3 keeping more of an 8:30 pace. I was totally fine with that. What I wasn't fine with was the fact that I needed to get to a bathroom or the woods ASAP.

Thankfully, there is a nice restroom at about 3.5 miles. I think it might have been the lettuce I had at lunch. As a work group, we went to lunch at a Chinese buffet I had expected that they would have steamed veggies, but no such luck. Everything was pretty much fried and brown.

Thankfully, I had brought along tofu and I put that on lettuce and piled on a few pickles, olives, and odds and ends. I did find some seaweed salad, so I added a small bit of that as well. I've heard that sometimes chemicals can be used in the lettuce to keep it green for buffets. So maybe that's it? Not sure, anyway, bad timing (well, sort of since there was at least a restroom).

I got back going on my run and immediately jumped into the speed portion and managed to get another 2 miles in at the 8:30 pace. However, I started feeling really sick, like I wanted to throw up, and not because it was a puke-worthy workout either. Just felt yuck (very technical term I know). But, somehow, I managed to finish up 7.62 miles with an overall average of 8:49 pace. I'll take that.

I definitely went farther than expected, so thankfully I had some Chomps in the car and immediately ate a few of those. But it was hard to even get water down, because I just felt so incredibly nauseous. I think I may avoid buffets for the rest of my life now.

Anyway, I won't call it a bad run despite the issues I had, including a blister on the ball of my left foot and my suck rubbing the top of my right. A total mess right LOL. It was challenging, but not just terrible if that makes any sense. I did get to see a pretty green garter snake, a deer, and a family of racoons, oh and a swan. Thank God no geese ;-)

Thai Thursday
When I got home, I stretched and rolled out on my Triggerpoint Kit for a bit. I was feeling a little tight, but at least no shin pain.

While I was showering off the salt and grime, Jason had kindly started dinner. I was actually going to just go with leftovers (shock right?) but he started Thai Curry Veggies instead.
 
This is one of those tried-and true dishes we always enjoy. One of those "always go back for refills" dishes. But I was feeling so yuck to my tummy that I was only able to eat about half of my bowl. Not good because I know I need the calories after the run I had. May have to try to get a protein shake down or something before bed if I can. 

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Afternoon run (challenging, but satisfying)
  • Catching up on tv shows
  • Not having to cook dinner