Today was a GREAT day! A few weeks ago, my cutie cousin, Sarah, and I were talking about how much we wanted to plan a day to run together. So, we checked our calendars and decided that today would be a good day. After setting our date, we thought that it would be fun to invite our entire family to the park with us. So, I excitedly made a Facebook event called, “Family Fitness Day” and invited everyone to join the fun! I know, I am the dork of life.
Well, Family Fitness Day turned out the be a fairytale! A bunch of our family met, along with some friends, at the beautiful Tyler State Park. Everyone chose their exercise of choice: walking, running, or biking.
This photo was taken by my friend, Tanya. Tyler State park is SO beautiful!
I had 14 miles on tap- I absolutely loved running the first few with Sarah, and then finished up the rest of my run with Beeker riding alongside me on his bike. Isn’t that true love? A husband that is willing to ride his bike alongside his wife for 14 miles- to coach her, hand her water, and be there to talk to her when she gets bored. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times- The Beek: I am blessed with the best.
Turns out Tyler State Park is pretty hilly. Actually, when I say hilly- I mean SUPER hilly. My quads got quite the workout 😉 I decided to run at an easy pace and just enjoy the day with my family, the scenery, and having my Beeker next to me. I also wanted really focus on this run to make sure that I fueled properly before, during, and after.
Fueling for a marathon fascinates me; it is such a fine science of knowing exactly how much I need. I wanted to make sure that I fueled properly, especially after a very humbling 7 miler that I had earlier in the week. During run, I crashed and burned BIG time. I got caught about 3 miles from home seriously wanting to quit because I had absolutely no energy. What I learned is that if I am going to run a 7 mile pace run, my breakfasts need to look a little less like this:
3 egg whites, peppers, and tomatoes- nice if I am going to relax; not enough fuel for 7 fast miles.
…..And a little more like this:
Pumpkin protein oatmeal with apples and berries
I fueled for my run this morning with my pumpkin oatmeal- and topped it with some natural peanut butter for staying power. During my run, I took Gatorade gels at miles 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. I felt great!!
We celebrated my 14 miles and the fun of Family Fitness Day with lunch at a diner, where I refueled with a turkey wrap, salad bar, AND french fries.
Will run for french fries- duh.
It is nice to feel properly fueled, which is something that I need to remember for the rest of my marathon training. So, getouttahere egg white and veggies and cometomama protein oatmeal. No more mid-run bonk, thankyouverymuch.
Family Fitness Day- you are welcome any time 😉
What is your favorite food after a hard workout?
Ever hit the wall during a run?