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Going the Distance « Bites Of The Apple

Today I was supposed to run 7 miles. This would be a PDR (personal distance record) for me, so unsurprisingly, I was nervous.

I know that my Nike+ can’t be trusted since I haven’t calibrated it yet, so I made sure to figure out my run plan ahead of time on mapmyrun.com . I was going to do the main Central Park loop (6.1 miles) that I’ve been doing for my 6 mile runs, and then head up to run around the Reservoir (1.58 miles). Since this whole distance is more than 7 miles, I estimated the appropriate location to stop on the Reservoir to hit my goal mileage.

It was a perfect fall day for running – sunny and mid-50’s. I was really happy to be out there and kept telling myself not to worry about my pace. The goal was to finish.

I was a little out of breath at times, typically after going up hills, but for the most part, I felt great. I was so happy when I realized that I was close to the Reservoir. How hard would it be to go 1 more mile?! Totally doable. Apparently, I got a little distracted by my excitement and turned into Central Park a little too early. I got pretty annoyed with myself, especially since this sent me up some steeper hills than I would have encountered otherwise, but I eventually got back on course!

Once I hit the Reservoir, I decided that I was going to do the full loop, which would easily put me over 7 miles.

It was awesome!! I felt strong and couldn’t have been happier when I finished at a pretty fast pace. Distance was approximately 7.7 miles when counting the slight detour and total time was 1 hour 15 minutes (9:44 average pace). It was perfect!! Until I stopped…

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Unfortunately, I was in some serious pain. I hobbled to the street, got some water and took a taxi back to Chris’ apartment.

As soon as I got back, it was ice time. My knees started bothering me from my previous 6 mile runs, so I wasn’t shocked when they were really hurting after this run. I iced for 15 minutes and felt much better.

Sadly, I have one other, slightly more curious pain. Around mile 3, I had to pivot to avoid someone and felt a painful twinge in the upper region of my butt. It was bad enough for me to yelp audibly, but the pain went away after a few minutes. Annoyingly though, the pain returned towards the end of my run. It’s not constant, but I feel a sharp pain back there if I move certain ways.

My mom’s a doctor, so I called her up to get her thoughts. She thinks it’s a muscle strain and told me to ice it, take ibuprofen and not run tomorrow. Sounds like a plan to me. Don’t worry – I’ll spare you that icing photo.

I definitely want to make sure that I pay attention to any and all pain. I’m not going to be a baby, but the last thing that I want to do is make things worse and actually have to take time off from running. I’ll probably do yoga to stretch things out and see how a short run on Tuesday feels. I’m sure it will be fine.

I had planned on going grocery shopping after my run, but Chris suggested that I should relax instead. That sounded good to me, so we ordered dinner from one of our favorite Italian places – Libretto’s . Interesting fact that I just discovered when I looked up their website – apparently they have a location in Charlotte, NC! Very surprising… anyhow, the food there is so good! Normally, I get the baked ziti from there, but I decided to go a slightly healthier route.

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Whole Wheat Spaghetti w/ Marinara and Mozzarella

I kid you not, it was exactly what I wanted and delicious!

Sautéed Spinach on the side

They don’t mess around with their garlic. Go big or go home! I’ll definitely be hitting the mouthwash hard after this meal.

Worth it though. Perfect meal to have after a great run.

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