Monday, February 24, 2014

20 mile track run

Yes, you read that right. Saturday I ran 20 miles here!
And I still have my sanity!
I was supposed to run 31 miles on Saturday, and I decided to do it at the track. Why? Because I knew it would be almost mentally impossible. And I knew doing that would help me to be a little more prepared to run 100 miles in April.
 

 Well, at almost mile 20, a couple guys came up there and were acting creepy. I ignored them for awhile, but then just started to feel uneasy. I was the only one there, and I also didn't have my mace with me. (I lost it and haven't bought more yet) So, I decided to head home and do the remaining 11 there.
 I felt like a big chicken. Like maybe I should just ignore them. I mean they weren't bothering me, just watching me, but I felt weird! And, you're always supposed to follow your instincts, right? Especially when it comes to safety.

 So, I came home and ran 2 more miles, but by then I had just lost my mojo. :(
I was disappointed it didn't go as planned, but I do know when it's 3 a.m., and I'm on mile 65 (or whatever), and don't know if I can go on, I can look back on that time I ran 80 laps around a track. And I'll tell myself if I can do that, I can finish this ultra!
I ended up with 22 miles. My time was 4:10, average pace 11:22. 


Have you guy's heard of the spicy yogurt roasted cauliflower? I found the recipe here. I made it yesterday.
Yea, I am NOT a fan! I think it definitely has potential though. The 'crust' just had an overload of spices. It was too much. I might try it again sometime, and just change the spices. I'm thinking the 'awesome blossom' sauce from Outback Steakhouse would be deelish on it! I'll just have to figure out how to make it low fat.

 What did you do this weekend?

katie

24 comments:

  1. Kudos for running that many miles on a track! Even if you didn't do all the miles you planned, that's still quite a feat!

    And I'm glad you trusted your instincts. Rather be safe than sorry

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  2. that is SERIOUSLY impressive! I don't think I could ever do that! the monotony!! props to you, girl!

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  3. I love running on a track with the soft cushion... but yeah, I jet the littlest bit of feeling uncomfortable. Instinct is there for a reason. Creepers!
    Great job!

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    1. Thanks girl! It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I kind of enjoyed it!

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  4. Wow 20 Miles!!! Congrats you are super awesome! The Cauliflower-I make that or Broccoli, but I cut the florrets, so each one has blended spice,also depends on what kind of spice you're used to!

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    1. Thank you Sheetal! I think if I make it again, I would cut it up so the flavor goes through the whole thing, not just the top.

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  5. Great Job Katie...I think by lap 10 I would have been too dizzy to go any further...lol

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I actually really enjoyed it. Your mind really does start playing tricks on you though. It's kinda crazy!

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  6. Wow, 20 miles.. on a track?! That is crazy and so awesome. Good job! I love reading your journey and can't wait until the 100 miler. Keep it up!

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  7. I hope you turned and went the opposite way a few times! I agree with Michelle, I would have been dizzy!! Boooooo for creepy guys!! Awesome as ever Katie!!

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    1. I did consider turning and going the other way. If I could've stayed through all 31, I definitely would've done that! Thanks Teresa!

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  8. HOLY AMAZING I can run 20 on the treadmill, but 1 at the track and I want to die. I think it brings up old bad memories. I think if you felt uneasy it was good to go, I don't usually feel that way, so when my body starts sending me signals i pay attention.

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    1. I've done 20 on the tm too, and the track was MUCH easier! But I have no old memories of it, so maybe that's why it wasn't too difficult. Thanks girl!

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  9. I cannot believe you ran 80 laps around that track... you are AMAZING!

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  10. Woa, that is amazing! You go girl, and I hear you, if I stop mid-run, especially on those long runs, it is hard to get going again...
    And, yes, I agree listen to your instincts, bummer the dudes stopped your mo-jo!
    I'd love for you to hop over and join my fitness friends linkup!
    Carolyn
    http://www.ccmcafeeperspective.com/2014/02/frozen-blood-and-better-swimming.html

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    1. It sure is hard to get going again. Especially once you have to stop and drive to another location. Thanks, I'll be right over!

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  11. 20 miles on a track is truly amazing! You always inspire me!

    I think you were right to follow your instincts about the creepy guys. Much better safe than sorry!

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  12. Good for you for trusting your gut. Rather feel silly with nothing having happened than the alternative.

    I'm also starting training for my first 100 and totally get the mental aspect of running that many laps around a track. Smart girl! I plan on a similar approach (i.e. do multiple loops multiple times, etc). Excited for your 100 coming up soon!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! That's so exciting that you're training for a 100 as well!!

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