Always look for the good - like lessons learned from tough runs and wild flowers in the woods.
It's humid here in Texas. I wanted to run 8 miles today, but I barely made it through 7. Maybe it's because I still hadn't recovered from yesterday when I had a hard time running 15 miles in the humidity. It's all part of my training for the 50 Mile Brazos Bend Trail Race on April 25.
Besides the humidity, I had three problems yesterday.
- There was the 55 oz. hydration pack that started a new annoying thing where it kept swinging off my shoulder. After 4 miles, I ran home and exchanged it for my handheld bottle. That felt so much better that I think I'll be carrying a 20 oz. handheld water bottle in the race. Fortunately, the race aid stations are only about 4 miles apart.
- After pushing into the constant wind for miles, I was hungry earlier than planned so I started eating early. I had 4 dates, a mini PBJ burrito and a fruit twist. Because it was a shorter long run, I didn't plan as well as usual and I could have used more carbs and electrolytes. I plan on carrying gels in the race and hope to supplement with the aid station gels if I don't have enough.
- I was tired and even after a good taper, I will be tired during the race because it's so long. I'll need to work through that and to keep running until I finish, reminding myself just to run to the next aid station where I can stop to get more water. Hopefully, knowing I'm finishing my first 50 mile race will keep me moving forward.
Have you run a race that you weren't sure that you would be able to finish? How did it go?