Today I ran my longest distance ever, approximately 15.4 miles. I say approximately because I started tracking my miles about a mile out and then at 13.4 (which was actually 14.4) I stopped it accidently. I blame myself because I didn’t check the battery on my Polar so no distance was given on my training computer but I’ll remember for next time! I’m giving myself a break on that one because I did have everything set out and ready to go for my 4:15am wake-up so forgetting one thing (two, I left my earphones at home too) is not so bad. Anyhow, the route was already mapped out by Darlene, marathon and ultra-runner extraordinaire! A group of about 10 from Black Girls Run! ran between 12-20 miles today.
Despite my early rise I felt great when we started to run. I stayed with Miya for the first 8 miles or so and then my adrenaline kicked in and I took off. It is amazing how different running a large loop is than doing my usual out and back. If you are not in Atlanta, you won’t appreciate this but I ran from Colony Square to Buckhead and back. I ran over the highway twice and was amazed by the distance I covered.
But shortly after mile 9 or 10 my calves started giving me serious problems. They were knotting up and although I stopped by Chick Fil-A for some salt, it didn’t seem to help. I think I need to start carrying salt with me on my long runs, the last time I cramped like that was last November during the Thanksgiving Half. Cramps are the worst – especially when you have 6 more miles to go! But like a champ, I ran/walked/limped my way to finish the distance. As much as I wanted to complete the 16 miles I figured it was better just to finish up and not injure myself when I reached our starting point. After the run I came home, showered and used my stick to roll out my cramps. I’m still cramping but it is much better than earlier. I took a 20 minute nap and just finished cooking the most delicious meal – Shrimp fried “rice”
In this instance, the “rice” is actually cauliflower. I have to say that this dish is really delicious. I have been having a ball in the kitchen trying out new recipes. Several of the books and blogs I read utilize cauliflower as rice and I’ve been wanting to try it out. It felt so good to eat a heaping plate full without the guilt of loading up on rice and feeling guilty. For this recipe I adapted the Asian Fried Rice recipe on Nom Nom Paleo a GREAT resource for paleo recipes!
I guess for the rest of the day I’ll just lay about and enjoy doing nothing. I do this so infrequently that this is a special treat!