Yesterday I had the option of waking up early before work/class to go on my run or wait until my break in the afternoon around 4. Naturally I chose to sleep in for an extra hour and tackle my 5 mile run in the afternoon. As the day went on I began to get anxious about how this run would actually go. For starters it was a little warmer than I had expected it to be, but that wasn’t really what was making me worried as I knew that a little extra sweat never hurt anyone. No, what I was really worried about was how much I had eaten that day. I had my favorite cereal combination for breakfast, a small mid morning snack, a few bites of some treats as I walked through my school’s service fair looking for volunteer opportunities, and then the kicker a really filling/dense lunch about an hour and a half before it was time for me to run. I was so nervous that this would sit like a rock in my stomach and I definitely took my time getting ready to leave. Eventually I decided it was now or never and that I should just get out there and see what happens and listen to my body if it’s just not gonna happen. I also decided to do this run without an ipod to remove time pressures and just enjoy the experience of running.
To my complete surprise I had an absolutely amazing run! My body felt so strong and it was nice to unplug and just be in the moment. I was able to soak in my surroundings and it was a comfort to know that I didn’t need the musical distraction or input to keep my pace up. When I started to notice how incredible my legs felt during this run I immediately looked for reasons to explain it. The only credible thing I can come up with, is the thing that almost stopped me from running completely. My food intake for the day was not extreme like I had originally thought, it was actually the opposite. I actually fueled my body properly and it felt amazing! When I compare the disaster that was Monday morning’s 6 miles (on no pre-run fuel) to yesterday’s 5 miles with an adequate calorie intake before running, I now know what I need to do differently. I am now making a more concerted effort to step up my fueling and nutrition so that I can perform in a way that leaves me feeling strong and confident! So far I’m off to a good start. I am not promising a full 180 over night, but I definitely am making little tweaks here and there. Ahhh! gotta run to my night class but stay tuned for more updates!