So I knew that my meal before my last long run might not have been the best pre-long run meal, but being that it is Hanukkah, we decided to make latkes. Or more specifically, 5 pounds of them. In addition to the 10 pounds we made the week before when we had a party. But don't judge me - they were soooo good!
|Just the beginning of 1 hr straight of scooping and flipping|
So with a 16 miler planned the next day, I knew I wasn't exactly doing myself any favors. However, potatoes have potassium, which is good right? And starchy carbs - those are good, right? I guess the only truly bad thing is the oil. Lots and lots of oil. Did I say they were really good already? Where was I...oh yea, running...
So the next day, we met as per our typical weekly long run sessions for the DTP program. My 16 miles were broken into 10 miles at my long run pace and then 3 x 1 mile at my tempo pace with a mile of long run pace as recovery between each mile. Running 16 miles is hard enough on any given day, but knowing that the true work doesn't start until 10 miles into the workout always has me a bit worried about whether or not this will be a "good" long run or a "bad" long run.
So I guess the moral of the story here is that latkes are ok as a night before long run meal. Or at least they didn't make me have a bad run. Either way, I was fine. I averaged right around 8:00/mile pace for the 10 miles and then 6:45/mile for the 3, one mile intervals and 7:30/mile for the miles in between. I couldn't seem to slow back to 8:00/mile, so 7:30s it was. Overall, a great run on what turned out to be a pretty windy day. I finished the run feeling fine, with thoughts of running more. But I had to show restraint, because 16 was the plan and that's what I'm sticking to!