21 Mile Run
|Fuel for the Run: Before & During|
I ran 21 miles today. It was supposed to be a progression run. But it wasn't. My run looked like this: slow, faster, slowest. That's probably because the temperature looked like this: hot, hotter, hottest!
In the 16th mile, I had an "I must stop running now" moment. I had just raced up a hill, feeling great and then it hit me - stop, now! And racing up the hill didn't seem so smart anymore.
I walked over to a tree and stretched, sorry that I'd quit and then sorry that I was so hard on myself for quitting when I heard someone ask, "Are you alright?"
I told her I was fine, that I just needed to rest. She told me that there was water up ahead. I was grateful that she stopped to check on me, not because I was about to faint (I wasn't), but because it was such a nice thing to do.
After that first stop, I took walk breaks and I stopped at the water fountains often, too. I thought, 10:00 is the new 9:30 pace - at least when it's hot. My new goal was to finish the planned miles at any pace and that's what I did.
I was hoping to start easy and pick up the pace in the Kona marathon (like I was hoping to do today), but when it's hot, that's hard. Maybe I'll plan on positive splits, keeping up a good pace until the heat slows me down. We'll see.
Average pace: 10:12/mile
Salt tablets: 5 (every 3-6 miles)
Gels: 4 (I took these on a schedule like the Kona marathon water stops)