Friday, September 4, 2009

Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast - the most important meal of your day. Today I woke up late and quickly got caught up in work e-mails. No one has been grocery shopping in awhile so there weren't a lot of choices this morning so I skipped. FAIL! Of course I made this awesome decision the day I had 12 miles to run with 7 miles at a 15K to half marathon pace. Yeah, not too smart. By the time I left for the run I had only fueled with some Jimmy Johns for lunch. Again, big fail... so not enough! By mile 4 I was wiped out and running on empty with 8 miles left to go. My legs felt like cement block by mile 8 at which point I decided maybe it wouldn't be wise to do the 7 tempo miles. But I'm stubborn and finished it out best as I could.

I've been taking this training for granted because it is an intimidating schedule that I have been nailing. I've felt strong and had thoughts of PR's dancing in my head. Today I made rookie mistakes that will not get me those PRs :) With approximately 5 weeks to marathon day I need to step it up and be smarter!

Here's the tempo run portion digits...
8:39
8:36
8:33
9:08 (slowed to take shot bloks) - Fail
8:49 - Fail
8:34
9:00 - Fail - gave up at the beginning then decided to finish out strong

After my not so fabulous run I went for dinner at Soldier Field. Yeah I seriously had a stellar diet today! For Jacob's anniversary gift I found Bears vs. Brownies pre-season tickets (1st anniversary is paper after all!) I've never been to game there and after 12 years living in the city and he hasn't been since the stadium was re-done.

It was a fun night and I can't wait to go again. Hopefully it won't take another 12 years ;)

17 comments:

Mark said...

Those are great splits!!!

D10 said...

Great anniversary gift. Hope you guys had a nice time. You are really doing well with the marathon training, don't beat youself up.

Tara said...

What a fun gift! Glad you had a good time. I never skip breakfast, I know better. Actually, my body won't let me skip, I woke up at 3:00 in the morning STARVING, so I had to eat. I hate it when I do that.

Jeri said...

you nailed more miles than you "failed" which is an AWESOME feat w/no fuel in your body. I would've had 11 mm for sure. 5 weeks?!?! it's coming up :)

Marlene said...

What a perfect anniversary gift!

No breakfast... man, I would DIE! Lesson learned, right? Looks like you did okay on the run. No way could I hold on that well.

runner26 said...

i've totally made those food mistakes--and probably will continue to make them every now and then. Still looks like you had a good run! go bears!!!

lifestudent said...

You mean to say that one cannot complete long distances on Jimmy Johns alone? I cant believe it!

MCM Mama said...

Good job finishing it! I did that one time and totally crashed at mile 6 and gave up.

Looks like a fun gift!

aron said...

seriously you are doing amazing! that 12 w/7LT is no joke of a run... i actually have been putting mine off forever now and WILL do it monday - mark my words haha. you still had a great run and nailed 5/7 of those tempo miles, that is awesome!

aron said...

AND without breakfast... just think what you could have done when fueled right :)

kristen said...

we all make rookie mistakes (even though we're not really rookies). Your tempo miles are my mile repeats :). Sounds like a great anniversary gift. I just got my husband hockey tickets for his birthday. Great minds! p.s. brownies...lol.

X-Country2 said...

Aww, what an adorable pic and a great gift. I got football tickets for our first anniversary, and my husband LOVED it.

KAT said...

Yeah, breakfast is pretty much the best meal of the day ever....I'd probably hate myself if I missed it lol.
Aw you guys looks so cute and happy in your pic :)

J said...

Those are still some great splits even with the "fail". Hope you have a good holiday weekend!

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kilax said...

I love the pic from the game! What fun!

When I was doing my long runs, I never got up early enough to eat breakfast. I bet that would have really helped! Sometimes it just doesn't work out though... like when you don't have groceries! ;)

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