This morning before my long run I went to the gym to have what is called a Calorie Point test done. The test measures my resting metabolic rate which calculates how many calories I burn doing nothing all day as well as how much I burn in fat and how much I burn in carbs. I did this test once before in March of 2010. The results – my metabolism has increased. I went from burning 1,682 calories up to 1,884 calories. The interesting thing is even when I am at complete rest, I am still burning 50% fat and 50% carbs. The fat burn should be a bit higher. Several factors could be the cause – diet and the fact that I did over train and have been working on correcting it. That could take a year or so to do. As for diet, I am working toward more protein and, yes, fat. My goal is 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat. Explaining my diet will take another complete post – stay tuned.
After my test I ate my breakfast and drank my coffee – I had to fast for the test – and texted my friends I was on my way to the towpath. Last week my girlfriend and I committed to getting out to run our long runs together. The weather really was perfect for this time of year. Overcast, little to no wind, and about 38 degrees. My goal was a long run between 20 to 22 miles in zone two and some zone three. My friend and I started out together, her boyfriend went separate since he is much faster. I stayed with my friend for about .75 mile before we knew we had to separate. I was running a bit faster than I planned and she was running a bit slower. We were able to meet up a few times and encourage each other along the way. I also ran into – ha, literally – a very dear friend I met at the finish line of the Cleveland Marathon over twelve years ago. He was running with his dog and we chatted for a moment before continuing on. In the end I ran 21.25 miles – I was surprised at how I felt afterward. Of course I felt the burn, but it is no different than after any 16 mile run I have done. My body is adapting. My average heart rate was 134, right in zone two. My friends ran between 21.5 and 22.6 miles – my girlfriend rocked her long run. This is her first marathon she is training for and has never run this far. It is always exciting to see others cross new barriers.
After my run I went to visit my father and I am glad to be home now – a good night sleep has been well earned. So many things happened today – good results from my test, a very long and fulfilling run, a visit with my father, and surrounded by people dear to me. Knowing I had friends on the course today was so encouraging. I pushed the extra distance just so I could see my friend coming back on the path. Seeing my friend running with his dog along the path was a pleasant surprise. And spending time with my father is alway special – these are days I will not have an unlimited amount of. I even saw another friend driving home – she had done a metric century ride today (67 miles). There are more people out there participating in endurance sports than many would think. And I am so happy to be among them.