Time – 47:47
Distance – 4.4 miles
Pace – 10:38 min/mi
Elevation – 158 ft.
The weather could not have been more perfect! It was sunny when I started, slightly overcast as the run went on so as not to get too hot, and just enough breeze to keep everything from being humid. Easy miles after the long day make everything better.
As Dory Would Say…
Today was all about putting one foot in front of the other, despite (regardless? in spite of?) whatever may have happened yesterday. I was tired, and, frankly, I just did NOT want to come up with something to write about last night. Obviously, my brain was off. The food over the last two days didn’t help, the long miles probably jostled my neurotransmitter levels (I haven’t felt like that in a while…), and I was exhausted!
I also avoided the scale this morning. I know that I had a lot of heavy foods yesterday (dense stuff), so it would have just been a frustration. My hydration was adequate, and I knew what I needed to do, so I could skip today’s weigh-in and feel okay. Tomorrow, I’ll see where I land.
I like to keep tabs on my weight daily, especially now that I’m running more. I am truly not that worried about my weight going up. I’m running enough to ensure that a couple of bad eating days will go away within a week (insert recent vacation reference here as proof… 🙂 ) and I’ll be back to normal. I’m more worried, as I said, about my hydration. I haven’t figured out what I need to be taking in on the long runs yet. I’m pretty sure that I need to drink about 16 oz. per hour (or every 5 miles, I’m not sure which yet) because I run really hot. My issue is that there’s a regular weigh-in during Western States, so I need to know how to keep my weight steady, or, at least, falling predictably and within the limits, without over-hydrating or getting my fluids all screwed up.
Secondly, and this is just for my own curiousity, I’m wanting to watch the weight to see if it goes down a little bit more. I’m close to a personal goal. In fact, it was the first secret and unspoken goal that I had for my weight back in December of 2016 when I started the Shape Reclaimed program. I’m about 8 pounds away from reaching it. I could do something stupid and just reach the number, but it wouldn’t be real, it wouldn’t last, and it would mess up everything I’ve working towards so far.
Patience, it would seem, is the order of the day…