That’s what yesterday’s run felt like. When I got home I thought, “I’m never running again – ever!”
Things started out a little shaky. I didn’t want to go at all but I thought maybe that would make it a great run – you know how that goes. Less than a mile from home my iPod ran out of battery. I started to wind up the headphones and put it in my pocket but it came unraveled immediately and I decided to run home with it, instead.
When I got home my kidlet came out to take it from me and looked at her longingly and said
“I really don’t feel like going for this run”
She looked at me and in a disapproving tone of voice said, “Mama”
I was sure she was going to say, “You need to listen to your body” and let me off the hook. But no – she’s a rebel and she said
“Mama – you have to do this for the team”
So off I went to run another 10 miles.
The running wasn’t so, so bad. I had already covered the dreaded first 2 miles and I was in a rhythm and trying to keep my pace down below 10:00. After about another 2 miles my feet started to hurt. I also made the mistake of deciding that it would be okay not to take any nutrition with me other than the diluted Gatorade I had in my bottle. I got to the drinking fountain at 5 miles and diluted it some more and kept going. I was so done already but forced myself to run to the 6 mile mark (on my Garmin) so that I would get in a full 12 miles.
Heading back I stopped at the fountain again and diluted the Gatorade some more and drank some water. On and on I went but it was really hard and I had to give myself a constant pep talk.
“Keep it up – you feel fine! You can do it! Keep going! Do not stop at a friend’s house and call Pookie to come get you – don’t do it! You can do this!” ad nauseum.
My feet were killing me. My thighs felt sluggish and done. I looked at the Garmin and my pace was down to 12:20 – ugh. I sped up. I kept going.
Finally, at 11 miles I gave it up. I was at the bottom of a hill and I just threw in the towel. When I got to the top I ran the rest of the way home.
When I got home I really wanted to hurl. This used to happen to me when I trained with Team in Training and took Cytomax on my runs. After every single long run I would be totally nauseated and all I could do was drink water and sleep. Horrible.
So I learned a few lessons:
1). No more long runs without taking Gu. I asked the people at the running store how often they take a Gu and they both said every 45 minutes. Got that?
2). No more Gatorade while running. I’m going to pick up some electrolyte tablets. The drinks just don’t work for me.
3). It’s all about pace. I need to remember that if I run the marathon at a 10:30 pace that means I need to train at something slower than that. The whole thing about a race is that you get totally spent doing it. I have to stop depleting myself so much when I train.
So what do you all do for nutrition and hydration? How about recovery – is there something in particular that works for you?