Bliss might be a bit of an exaggeration but my 20 mile run wasn’t too bad, except for the Gu – but I’ll get to that in a moment.
Things I did right this time:
1). Drank gallons of water for 2 days. I still had a concern about hydration because it was about 105 degrees on Friday and I had to run errands which meant that I sweated buckets. It is hard to offset a bucket of sweat with a bottle of water or 6 but I tried.
2). Started out easy.. I finally managed to go out at an easy pace
3). Ran 5 miles, walked 2 minutes. That really did seem to help overall.
4). Started out early. Okay – not as early as I had wanted to but if I had I just wouldn’t be me, now would I (raise your hand if a terrible joke just popped into your head).
5). Didn’t give in – I almost tossed the whole thing at 18 miles because I was sick of running but I didn’t. I didn’t feel that bad so I made myself keep going. I ended up home at 19.5 miles but that’s pretty close.
Gu – I took 3 packs of Gu with me, 2 chocolate, 1 orange. The flavor is okay with Gu. That isn’t the problem. It’s the texture. I have to pep talk myself into swallowing by chanting “It’s just like chocolate pudding!” But it isn’t and I gag every time. The orange isn’t as thick but I still have problems with it.
To answer your questions:
1). I poked the blister with a pin to drain it and flatten it out. It brought immediate relief.
2). Yes, it was worth it because….
I’m feeling pretty boring right now (that’s a euphemism for ‘hung over’) so I’ll just conclude by saying that what doesn’t kill us really does make us stronger and this run wasn’t too bad.
Elevation and splits: