On Tuesday night, I spent the evening doing what I do best - drinking champagne. Tim’s mom brought some Veuve Clicquot in duty free on the flight over, so we got to live it up and pretend like bubbly is a normal part of our weeknight routine. Life was good.
Fast-forward to Wednesday, and you might be able to imagine how I was feeling. Just a little dehydrated, grumpy, irritable and annoyed at the world. By the time lunch rolled around, I was happy to sit on the couch, eat candy and call in sick to work. AKA avoid checking emails and refuse to open my computer. After an hour of reality television (ahem, Million Dollar Listing LA) I realized that eating sugar and watching TV wasn’t going to cut it. I hopped onto the treadmill and told myself just to run until I felt better.
13.1 miles later, I felt better. Much, much better.
In some weird twisted scenario, the grumpy, bitter Vanessa with a stomachache and a little bit of a hangover managed to get a half marathon PR - by a lot. If you’ve been reading for a while, you might remember THIS POST. It’s from back in February, when I geared up for a sub-2 hour marathon and instead cried, was sick and crossed the finish line in 2:18.
|Still giddy and unaware of what's to come.|
This time, I started running at 6.1 pace on the treadmill, and then upped the pace by .2 mph each mile. Maybe it was the fact that I had plenty of extra sugar in my system, maybe it was the fact that I needed to run the grumpy out of my body or maybe I just had something to prove, but I managed the 13.1 miles in 1:51:20 - an 8:30 pace.
Needless to say, this is completely unofficial and totally doesn’t count as an actual PR. I didn’t stop at all, but it was on a temperature controlled treadmill and I kept the incline at 1% - AKA completely flat. I am, however, super excited for my next half marathon. It’s the Women’s Half Marathon in Nashville this September, and I’m running it with some great blogging buddies - Suz, Beth and Jenny! I don’t know if my time there will be 1:51, but if all goes well I should be able to beat my PR of 2:01 from the Dalton half last October.
Do you ever drink alcohol the night before a race?
I always avoid it because I think its dehydrating, but I always seem to run pretty well hungover, which I attribute to the extra calories/carbs. Anyone else have a theory that encourages champagne/wine consumption?
Do you find it easier or harder to run on a treadmill?
Lately, I’ve been finding that I run slower on the treadmill than outside. However, I have an easier time with long runs on the treadmill because I can watch television, and that makes time fly by.