10 miles + 10 miles= An Annoying Run
Saturday: 6 miles @ 8:28 pace on treadmill
Sunday: 20 miles @ 8:09 pace on trail
Let me just start off with this…
No, I did not get up at 2:07, the time on this thing is wrong. BUT as you can see from the text time this was taken around 5AM. And YES, my sister and I call each other Shalane and Kara, haha. The moment I walked out the door I felt like I was in a sauna. I was going to do a 12 mile pace run today, but after seeing possible temps in the low 70’s for next weekend, I decided to switch my runs and do my “easy” 20 miler today. Thank goodness I did, because this run was ROUGH!
About 2 miles into my sauna run I felt a cold breeze. In FL, this can only mean one thing- Rain. It started sprinkling. OK, I can deal with this. Theeeeen it started to pour. I literally saw the sheet of rain before it hit. Now I was REALLY glad I switched my runs. The rain would not stop and I was so annoyed. It was dark and hard to avoid running through puddles, which I guess didn’t matter too much since I was already soaked, but still. I debated going by my parents to steal some dry clothes, but calculated that by the time I got there I’d only have 6ish miles left and I probably wouldn’t want to head back out and start running.
But Heather, didn’t the rain bring cooler, cloudy weather? Ummmm, no. I couldn’t catch a freakin break! Once the rain was over, the blazing sun came out. Fun. 10 miles in the rain. 10 in the sun. My initial goal was to keep the pace around an 8 min mile. At 10 miles I was at 8:10 and told myself to keep it there. I was doing OK until mile 18 when I hit the wall HARD. I wanted to stop there SO BAD! 18 miles was right where I finish, I had to run a mile out and back to finish 20. I thought my pace was going to drop to 8:15, haha, but I KNEW I’d be pissed if I made it that far only to give up and slow down.
Well friends, I made it! I only got water three times, but that’s because I took a different route and didn’t have access to water until mile 11. I didn’t take a gel (but really wanted one) because this was a semi-carb depletion run. I ate my normal pre-run breakfast and extra carbs on Saturday, but not having fuel during a run teaches your body to use the carbs you have stored and then fat once that glycogen is gone. It definitely makes for a hard run.
Come to find out, my amazing husband was worried about me and drove around to find me, but since I ran a different route, he never found me. That’s OK though, because I wouldn’t have gone home with him anyway, haha. At this stage of my training, if I give up during a run, it’s too easy to do so in the race, too. So much about running a marathon is mental, and every bit I do to keep that strong is JUST as important as any run I do.
Do you quit easily during a run?
Have you ever run in the rain?