Saturday, September 26, 2009

So Long, Doubt!

Today's run-walk-run: Temperature: 63 degrees; 17 miles; 2:59:03; 10:31 per mile pace. Splits: 9:59; 10:15; 10:06; 10:15; 10:27; 10:22; 10:24; 10:43; 10:30; 10:22; 10:18; 10:29; 10:06; 14:15 (stopped home and refueled); 9:46; 10:27; 10:19.

I'm satisfied with today's run of 17 miles. I'm satisfied with a total of 52.1 miles run for the week. I NEVER run close to that many miles for the week. I finished about three hours ago, and the aches and pains are minimal. Even purple toes are happy. Left brain wasn't a factor. I shut him right down. It was cooler and windy, and near the end of my run I felt under dressed. That's Connecticut weather. Within the course of my 3 hour run, the wind increased and the temperature decreased. AS much as I would have liked to run 20 or more miles, I decided to stop at 17 because of the weather and because I wasn't hydrated enough. I didn't wear my hydration belt, and from mile 9 on I was craving water. At one point I almost stopped at a cemetery, filled and drank from a watering can I saw there, but decided that wouldn't be a smart move. So as I arrived home st mile 13.6, I headed right for our water cooler. After chugging a few glasses of water, I was back on the road. It didn't help that I am out of energy gels also. My order from Road Runner Sports won't arrive until Thursday. Poor planning on my part. So my strategy had been to run without my hydration belt, since it was cool outside and the belt weighs me down; plus carry a Creamy Citrus PowerBar and break off pieces as needed. Dumb move on my part, since the PowerBar wasn't a good substitute for a gel (too think and chewy), and it made me even more thirsty. So as I said, after chugging some water, I was back on the road, and it then felt cold outside since duh, I had left my warm home. Also, as I ran, I suddenly started having "cotton mouth syndrome." My mouth was drier than it's ever been. Go figure. I stop and drink water, begin running again, and now my mouth and body craved even more water. I've never had my mouth be as dry as it was then. At that point I decided not to take any unnecessary chances by attempting 20 plus miles. I looped back towards home, and completed my 17 miles with enough distance left to have a nice slow cooldown walk before going inside. As I crunch some numbers, If I take 4 minutes off of the 14:15 mile 14 split that is inflated due to my stop home, my adjusted time of 2:55:03 would average out to a 4:29:58 marathon, take or give a little. Considering I ran-walk-ran at a 4 minute run and a 1 minute walk pace. I'm OK with the time. I must say though, as I've said before, I do not like to run long distances by myself. Yes, I had music to listen to, but nothing beats running in a race and taking advantage of the water and gel stops. Even more important, running with other people in a race definitely motivates me to do better. It's too easy to dog it when I do the solo run, although that wasn't the case today. Had I not had the hydration issue, I think I could have run 20 plus miles...maybe even a marathon. But, I know I made the right decision to stop. Better I stop today so I can run another day! P.S. I've become a Facebook addict! If any of you want to add me as a friend, scroll down and click on my link near the bottom right.

10 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

so glad you ended up having a great run, always helps to boost up the confidence :) 52 miles in on week is something I don't think I'll ever be say I did! Nicely done!!

joyRuN said...

I'm the same way with long runs - it gets lonely out there all that time.

Good job!

Kelly said...

Yay! I'm glad you went for it, I knew you'd feel better after you did!

Lisa said...

Yay you! The mental aspect of running is really half of the run. I know that when I dread going for a run even before I hit the pavement that almost guarantees a sucky run. So glad you sucked it up and did it. Sounds like maybe you weren't hydrated enough BEFORE your run if you were craving water like you were. Umm, 52 miles in a week... you are hardcore man!

Carlee said...

Awesome week; awesome long run; great to read this post today!

Anais said...

Woohoo, great run!!

I totally know what you mean! When I run outside, the second I see someone I totally pick up the pace!

Meg Runs said...

Happy Post, yeah! You sound so confident and excited, I'm so happy for you!

Irish Cream said...

Yay, after reading your last post, I was really hoping this post would say exactly what it did. Good for you for getting it done ;) Tell doubt and left brain to screw off . . . because you've got this! :)

lindsay said...

glad you had a good run! 17 is still excellent, even if you were wanting 20. too bad we can't just cut out left brain!

Tara said...

Yay! What a confidence booster you've had! And geez man...52 miles, you're my new hero (for the day. He He). It's good that you have that mental part worked out, going into a race with negative thoughts isn't good. I won't even run a course where I have had a bad run, brings back bad mental thoughts. I know, us runners are crazy huh?