My run today would be right at the top of that list. After what I went through today I wish I could be happy joining NAAFA and then the FatAss cheer squad and just let myself go. It would just be so much easier and isn’t cheering more fun than running?
The discouraging part is that I thought I was ready. I thought I was hydrated. I thought it would be fine. I wasn’t and the run wasn’t and now I’m pissed. I said I would run 18 good miles and what I did was run 13 good miles and 4 herky-jerky, stop and go, awful miles* and when it was all over I felt like crap.
I ate a good dinner last night. I thought I was well hydrated, too. I meant to take off at 5:00 AM because it has gotten hot again but I didn’t leave the house until about 6:15. I took 3 packs of Gu and 2, 1 Tablespoon baggies of Gookinaide Hydrolyte and I my watter bottle with its little hand harness.
Things were fine for a while – I felt fine and my pace was good (~ 10:20 per mile). When I got to the first park with a potty at about 6 miles and had no need for it I started to worry. I decided it was time for Gu so I gagged down a Tri-Berry and very nearly hurl-tilized the local trailside flora right on the spot – ugh. Note to self – never take that stuff again!
I was drinking lots of water and it was still not too hot and the trail was shaded so I motored on. At some point I stopped at a fountain and mixed a batch of hydrolyte and drank it and then filled the bottle again. I was drinking lots of fluid. On I went to the 10 mile mark because I had already planned to stop at the high school, 2 miles from home and snag my daughter’s car to drive home.
The way back was okay until I’d gone about 13 miles. I had to stop at a Jamba Juice to get water and use the bathroom (which I still didn’t really need, much to my dismay and surprise) and seriously considered buying a Jamba but decided to eat the Orange Outrage Gu (tossing the other Tri-berry in the trash) and drink hydrolyte and water.
Getting from there to the high school was a non-stop test of will. I refused to walk so I would stop dead in my tracks, let my heart rate slow down and then start running again.
When all was said and done I felt like poop on toast. My whole day was shot after that. It was enough to make me seriously question running a marathon but I paid $75 for the privilage and I don’t want to DNS so I’m in it for the long haul. Ha ha – get it? Long haul!!
What I am most discouraged about is that my new plan (see post below) calls for 2 20 mile runs. I can hardly stand the thought. I can only hope that it’s really true that was doesn’t kill us makes us stronger and next weekend will be better.
1). Hydration takes days – don’t think you can slam water for 20 hours before the run and have it be enough.
2). Tri-Berry Gu is disgusting.
3). Gu in general is both disgusting and magical. Don’t skimp, just get the right flavor
4). If you think you need to leave at 5 to beat the heat then do it
5). Don’t plan a course that involves stopping and getting a ride. If you are going 18 miles it is 9 out from home and 9 back, the same way.
6). I am built for comfort, not for speed or for distance.
*or 4. The Garmin says 17.25 miles but Motion Based says 18.2. Who knows?