My PointsPlus total was a little low yesterday, because I didn't have an afternoon snack (I was working on my puzzle, and didn't want to stop!). Normally, the day before a long run, I try to have a little more food than usual. But anyway, here is my food log:
Today was my long run, and I knew it was going to take me around two hours (for 12 miles), so I headed out as soon as the kids left to go to church with my parents. It was a cold morning--just 27 degrees. I wore my Eddie Bauer clothes, along with my Camelbak. I hadn't used the Camelbak since probably August.
Because I'm running the Santa Hustle Half-Marathon next Sunday, I wanted to keep my pace easy today. I did an out-and-back route that took me past the house where Chelsea Bruck went missing in October. She still hasn't been found, and there aren't any clues as to what happened to her. I thought about her pretty much the entire time I was running. I really do hope that she's found.
My thighs were SO cold the entire time I was running. My hands warmed up and I took my gloves off after a couple of miles, but my thighs were freezing cold and then numb. My face was frozen, and my lips were so dry I thought they were going to be a cracked mess when I got home. Aside from being cold, though, it wasn't a bad run.
I kept my pace on the easy side, 10:15-ish per mile, but it didn't feel as easy as I'd hoped it would. My plan for the half-marathon next weekend was to aim for a 9:23 pace (2:03 finish), but now I'm not so sure I can do that. I think I may aim for a 2:05 finish time, which is a 9:32 pace. My last half-marathon, on November 9th, was a 9:44 pace, so I'm hoping that the 9:32 will be do-able.
The last two miles were really tough. The farthest I've run since my last half-marathon has been 8 miles, so 12 was definitely pushing it. But I never slowed, so I'm happy with that. I really just wanted to get in a 12-miler before the half-marathon next weekend.
It was such a relief to get home. I took a hot shower, and I was a little horrified to see the bright red patches of skin from where the cold really got to me. It was kind of weird looking--a big red circle on each flank, and candy apple red thighs and butt. I put on some warm clothes, and then worked on my puzzle some more. I was hoping to finish it today, but my neck is aching from bending over the coffee table. I'm about halfway done--the whole top part is all leaves, which is going to be extremely difficult to put together. (It looks upside down in the pic, but that's the bottom I put together already--a reflection of the trees in water.)
I was absolutely ravenous all day, likely because I'd burned 1,366 calories on my run! Since I'd earned so many activity PP, I decided to get a treat from Monica's. I got a chocolate chip cookie with a brownie center--these are SO good!
They're not nearly as big as their regular chocolate chip cookies, and I weighed it to calculate the PP. It was 1.75 ounces, which is 6 PP total--not bad at all! I'm also going to have a couple extra ounces of wine tonight. I certainly earned it! ;)
Tomorrow is Motivational Monday, so if you have a photo of a health/fitness accomplishment to submit, you can email it to me with the subject "Motivational Monday" at Katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com, and I may include it on tomorrow's post! (It's helpful if you can get them to me by Monday morning, because I like to write the post while my kids are in school.)