The thing about running nine miles is that it takes a really long time and one of the many things I thought about while I was doing my nine mile run this morning was “oh hey I should be updating my blog about how I just ran nine miles and stuff.” So, here’s a new post, you guys.
Long Ass Run FAQs
How long did it take you to run 9 miles?
Today it took me about an hour and forty-five minutes. My average speed varies between 11 and 12 minutes per mile (5-5.5 MPH) on long runs depending on how hot it is and how many times Eye of the Tiger comes up on my running playlist.
Isn’t that really slow?
Not really. I mean, I run faster over shorter distances. I’ve done a comfortable 6 MPH for 3 miles and my overall speed is trending up. It’s not really about going super fast right now. It’s endurance training.
But I mean aren’t you a slow pathetic loser?
Wait. Are you just the shitty anxiety voice in my head that says mean stuff all the time?
Kinda. But answer me this – aren’t you just a neurotic insecure life failure?
Will you shut up if I put on Eye of the Tiger again?
Yes please. It’s the thrill of the fight.
So many times it happens too fast. You trade your passion for glory.
That’s not a question.
Rising up, straight to the top. Had the guts, got the glory. Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop. Just a man and his will to survive. YEEEEEEEAAaaaaahhhhh! EYE OF THE TIGER MOTHERFUCKERS!
Okay… moving on. Next question.
So, running for an hour and forty-five minutes seems like a bad way to spend an hour and forty-five minutes. Why are you doing it?
Well, I’m training for a half-marathon. And I like it. It feels pretty fucking rad to keep breaking my personal record. Plus, it really helps me cope with stress and be more creative and just overall improve my health and life.
Do you have any idea how many times you could listen to Eye of the Tiger in an hour and a forty-five minutes?
… No. Why would I know that?
Exactly 28 times if you were listening to the single version of the song.
The song is on my running playlist. I listen to it. It’s a catchy song.
Is it on your running playlist 28 times?
Life failure. What are you doing while you run that isn’t listening to Eye of the Tiger 28 times?
I’m thinking mostly. It’s meditative.
Thinking about what?
Let’s see. Story ideas. Running really helps me work through things.
Are you just saying that to justify this indulgent internal monologue on your writing blog?
No YOU’RE indulgent.
That’s what I thought. What are you really thinking about?
Sometimes I think about how boring running is. Sometimes I think about how amazing it is. I think about how I haven’t updated this blog in a while and about blog posts I wish I had time to write. Oh. And I think about how bicyclists are the worst.
Why are bicyclists the worst?
They’re always cycle spreading, taking up all of the multiuse path, pushing me into the bushes or out into the street. I hug the right shoulder while I’m running. I take up half of a lane in a two lane trail full of runners and dog walkers and baby strollers and we all get along great. But then a gaggle of jerks on two wheels come flying down the trail riding three of them in a row and that’s how I almost die. Also, bicyclists are generally rude. Everyone else that’s out there killing it on a hot day, we nod or smile or wave at each other like keep on killing it killer, I see you but the only thing these helmeted assholes with Tour de France delusions do is shout out “ON YOUR LEFT!” while they pass and glare at you for having the temerity to exist. They’re smug buttholes and I hate them.
Wow. Tell us how you really feel.
Maybe it’s just a Portland thing or just the cyclists on my running route. I have a lot of friends and family that cycle. I like to think they aren’t jerks. But c’mon. I see a hundred cyclists and exactly one guy gave me a Sup Dog nod in almost two hours. I know they can interact while they’re riding without falling down or something because they talk loudly and gesture dangerously while they pretend no one else uses the MULTIUSE path. What gets me is that they’re rude even when they’re stopped and standing next to their bikes. They block the entire middle of the path and they still don’t wave or smile or anything when I’m running along. Just get down off your adjustable seat and stop being an entitled pompous jerk butt.
Are you going to rumble with cyclists? Are you gonna throw down, you slow running life failure man?
I mean, all I have to do to win a fight with cyclists is go up some stairs. So. BURN BICYCLE BROS BURN
I have a note here that says I’m supposed to ask about how you prepare for a long ass run.
Yeah. That’s my note.
I see. So by FAQs you don’t mean Frequently Asked Questions you mean stuff you made up in your head while you were bored because you were running for an hour and a forty-five minutes?
Pretty much yeah. But about the preparation. I try to eat a meal a hour or two before a run so I have some energy. I also try to drink water leading up to it. I stretch a little bit. I check the weather. I find it’s a lot harder to run when it’s over 75 degrees out. The best is between 50-70. Also, I like to scout out the route I’m going to take.
What do you mean by “scout out?”
I don’t know if it’s primarily psychological or not but it’s a lot easier for me to run a route when I have it all mapped out in my head. I know where the hills are, where the shady spots are etc. Lately, I’ve been doing my long runs on parts of the Trolley Trail in Milwaukie. I’ve gone from the junction at Roethe into Sellwood and across the Sellwood Bridge in different legs. My speed and confidence is always higher when I know what’s coming up.
Alright, that’s a little bit interesting. Anything else?
For a long run I make sure I have my favorite running shorts and shirt clean and my Apple Watch and Beats X headphones all charged up. Also, band-aids.
*cough* For places.
Oh. Oh God.
It’s not always glamorous.
New subject. What about after the run?
Water! I spend the rest of the day making sure to rehydrate properly. I’ve also been drinking Muscle Milk after my runs. I thought it was silly at first and I don’t really like milk but the protein and vitamins seem to help. Plus, it does sort of taste delicious. I also try to eat a proper meal with lean proteins, whole grains, and some fruit within a couple hours.
Does it hurt? I heard running hurts and you shouldn’t do it?
It doesn’t hurt me. I run three times a week and walk or cross train other days. I’ve been doing this consistently for 9 months with increasing distance and intensity. I think keeping active on non-running days is important. And good shoes. And not over training or pushing too hard. My knees and legs used to feel worse. The only real danger is chafing around the-
Stop. I saw the link. That’s gross.
I’ve stained a couple of shirts.
You have some serious psychological problems. You shouldn’t do this, you should just-