Tough 18 mile run! I had to walk or rest on benches too many times today even though it was windy and cloudy. Houston Memorial Park advantages: water fountains, benches, some shade. Disadvantage: during long runs, the benches are tempting!
The first ten or so miles were okay, but at the 12 mile mark, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds and I thought, I am cooked! The end! I cannot run 6 miles in the sun!
Then the clouds came back, but I was tired and sometimes there wasn't any wind and the air just sat there, kind of smothering you. (A little dramatic, but that's summer heat!) This is where the park benches came in handy. That's where I gave myself some pep talks. The first talk was such a good one that I took off too fast and had to sit on a bench again too soon after the first rest!
And then my Garmin did something new - new is not what you want your Garmin to do without your permission. It showed "lap error" and beeped every three seconds the rest of the way home - for two miles. Beep! Pause. Beep! I tried mode/reset - no help.
It was still adding up my mileage and showing my pace, but I was too lazy to turn the sound off. (Wait! Let's be kind and say that I just didn't want to stop running and figure out how to turn the sound off because I am a hardcore runner!) (Wait! But I did stop just to walk during those two miles so we can't say that! Too bad!)
Since I didn't want to annoy the other people on the path, I sped by them and made it home faster than I would have if I hadn't been beeping all the way. Once I uploaded my Garmin to my computer, my Garmin was fine - no more beeps.
Average pace today: 10:19/mile. 83 degrees. Fuel: Gu gels and Gatorade, not that this post is a great advertisement for those products!