I was going to say a failed long run, but I did finish it and made it home in one piece. I guess that just edges me above failure, but it felt pretty terrible.
Yesterday I ran 19 miles and it SUCKED. It took me about 30 minutes more to run 19 than it did 18 two weeks ago. That means more than a minute above the pace I was shooting for, and it felt a LOT slower than that. Some things that probably contributed, that I need to remind myself of, are:
- No dinner. I didn’t have a real dinner on Friday night. While I probably did have enough calories of chips and cantaloupe (random I know) to add up to dinner, I think at least part of it was mental, as I went out thinking ‘hmm, I didn’t have any dinner last night, hope that doesn’t affect this run’.
- No planned route. Sometimes this is fine and fun! But for longer runs I think it’s usually best to have at least a basic plan of where you’re going to go, so you know what to expect. Yesterday I just set out with a plan of where my first five would be, but beyond that I had no clue, which made me spend too much mental power on the run thinking about where to go.
- Small breakfast. If I am going to run soon after breakfast, I can’t eat much. But yesterday, I only had an english muffin with peanut butter. That’s a great pre-run breakfast for me if I run about 1.5 hours later, but I ran about 3.5 hours after that (I got distracted doing my taxes!), and was already hungry when I set out.
- Poor fuel planning. Usually I buy gummy bears in a flavor I like to bring with me ahead of time. Instead, yesterday I brought $2 with me and bought a bag of bears at a gas station 5 miles in. This meant I got flavors I do not like which left a nasty taste in my mouth, and had way more gummy bears than I should have. I had to carry around the whole bag to eat at my planned time (5, 10, 15 miles), and had plenty left over after that. I ended up tossing the bag after my last fuel stop.
- No water. I am guilty of this on basically every run!! Normally it works out fine, but yesterday I didn’t hydrate properly beforehand. It was not good.
Like I said, I did finish. For that, I’m glad. I almost let myself take a break at 16 and said I would come back for the last three, but I knew that wouldn’t happen, so I stuck it out. I’m just glad I made it through, and that my phone did too-it was at 2% when I finished the run! Overall, I am glad this run is behind me. The long runs left on my plan are 13, 20, 12, 8, and then marathon! That’s crazy!