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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bonking on a 10-mile run

In the two and half years I've been a father, I think I've done a pretty good job of not letting life interfere with my running. Outside of Noah's first week on this planet, I've not missed a run for any reason that had to do with me being a dad.

But I do find myself missing many meals when its my turn to keep Noah - its hard to cook for yourself and entertain a two-year-old at the same time. Often, I find myself eating before or after I have Noah. That kind of eating habit caught up to me on my Sunday run.

I had Noah from 10 am to 2. Before I picked him up, I had a cup of coffee from Starbucks and a cranberry scone. When I dropped him off, I bought groceries and had a Cliff Bar. At 4:30, having had less than 500 calories the entire day, I went out for a 10-mile run.

Two blocks into the run, I was like, "What am I doing?" I rallied somewhat as my body used up the final sources of carbs I had in me, but by Mile 5, I was pre-bonking, and by Mile 6, I was officially bonking. Maintaining an 8:30 min/mile was all the sudden very hard to do, and I was flirting with 9:00 min/mile pace for much of the last three miles.

I think two things were at play here. 1) I was in a calorie deficit before the run began. 2) The night before I had a cheesy lasagna from Macaroni Grill. (I think my sluggishness had more to do with the dairy than the lack of calories - but in combination, my legs never had a chance.)

I know from past runs that me and dairy do not get along. So, before my 4:30 run Sunday, I hadnt eaten anything tangible in 18 hours and what I had eaten was dairy. During the run, I never felt stressed cardio-vascularwise (is that a word?), but I felt very sluggish, especially mentally. It's like my mind would not recruit enough muscle fibers to run like I'm used to running. I wasn't breathing hard, I just didn't feel like running. At. All.

Today's splits:

1 -9:34
2 - 8:17
3 - 8:08
4 - 7:54
5 - 8:43
6 - 8:16
7 - 8:36
8 - 8:54
9 - 8:35
10 - 8:57
10.3 - 3:04


Blogger Erica said...

Well I think it is amazing that you simply had the energy to even think about running! Much less finish. But, I feel the same way about my kiddos I never ever forget to feed them brekfest but 9 times out of 10 I forget to feed myself!

oh sorry by the way I am Erica, new to running and new to blogging, I found your blog and thought it was motivational and inspirational hope you don't mind me following!

Happy Running and eating!

February 1, 2010 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger untpawgal02 said...

So the mile splits weren't great... at least you got to run. Being up here in the north this weekend sucked with the mini snowstorm and bitter cold that came floating in... and messed up weekend training plans!

February 1, 2010 at 7:15 AM  

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