17 Miles on Cookies & Gel
Today I ran 17 miles. It was 40 degrees F (4*C) and I was feeling uncertain about what to wear so I checked Runner's World What to Wear. It's helpful if you could use some dressing tips. I didn't go with the suggested pants and jacket, but I was comfortable in capris, a long-sleeved overshirt, short-sleeved shirt, gloves and a running hat.
I had a great run and felt good the whole time! I changed up my fuel today and ate a gel, a sugar cookie and a sweet potato cookie (with added raisins and walnuts).
I started out easy and picked up the pace as I ran. Sometimes it surprises me when I'm able to do that and I'm glad it happens.
I recently increased the number of times I do strength training/core/balance exercises each week. I got in 6 sessions just like I hoped I would. Here are three favorites from the week.
Sallie McRae's Leg Lift Video - For balance! I ran a rooty 50K trail race in November and I didn't fall!
Better Balance in 4 Minutes Using a Band - A new balance exercise I found.
Arkansas Runner Mom's Core WO - 101 push-ups, 3x (15 leg drops, 15 regular and 15 reverse crunches), plank. (It's hard, but it's short!)
Recent Runs (Miles):
6 (3.5 miles hills), 5, 8 (3 miles close to MP), 0, 17 (today) = 36 total miles
Photo: Desert flowers from our Big Bend Nat'l Park, TX, vacation.