Longest Training Run!
Today I ran 23 miles! I hadn't planned on running so far, but I felt great, my pace was looking good in the later miles and I knew we probably wouldn't have great weather much longer (65° when I began) so I wanted to take advantage of it.
I ate 4 vanilla Gu gels and took a salt tablet every hour to keep away the stomach cramps. I ran on the 3 mile loop at Houston's Memorial Park and on the side path beside that main path when I could because I like to run on the soft pine needles. The hardest miles were the first 3, but I just needed to warm-up. It was a great run until...
.... the 22.3 mile mark when I went splat on the gravel/dirt path! As I fell, I remembered not to only fall on my knee. My head, hands, right shoulder and right knee hit the ground first. Spreading out the misery is good for your running knees, but hitting my head wasn't really in the plan!
I stood up, dusted myself off and leaned on a tree a minute. I had gravel in my hair and a bloody shoulder and knee. Really, the only bad part was my stinging knee, but even with that, I was able to run the .7 mile home, knowing that the sooner I made it home, the sooner I could wash the gravel off of my knee.
This was my third running fall. My first was on an uneven sidewalk and the second one was on the same park path when I tripped on a rock. Maybe that's what I did today.
Before today, my longest training run was 22 miles. Because the weather was so nice, I was able to run at a 9:09/mile average just like I did during my 22 mile run last December. Great 23 mile run today - except for the "flying though the air and hitting the ground" part. I'll try to leave that part out next time!