You would think after yesterday’s hot and hilly run that I would have learned my lesson about starting long runs at 8am. Nope! Even with the best intentions to set my alarm for 6am, when the time came last night, I didn’t, and instead woke up at 7am with the BOY. By 8am, I was out the door for a 13 mile out and back run. I knew it was going to be a HOT one and my legs felt tired and stiff for the first 3 1/2 miles. This seems to be the trend, and I’m not too worried about it knowing that the first 3 miles of the marathon will be very crowded anyways and I shouldn’t be sprinting out of the gate like an elite athlete anyways. I had some breeze throughout the first half of the run and my splits were right around 10 minutes, which was perfect. However, around 9 miles, the heat got the best of me and fatigue just took over. At that moment, the 6am alarm sounded like a GREAT idea! I grabbed some fuel and tried to ration my water for the last few miles of my run. I tried walking a few short stretches, but my body just couldn’t recover.
I made a BIG mistake (even bigger than starting a run this late) and that was lack of hydration, and my run suffered for it! I did not properly hydrate after yesterday’s run as I was busy at work. I did drink some water, but also some black iced tea, which is not nearly as effective. I also did not bring enough water with me for today’s run to stay hydrated and energized. I ran out of water at mile 11, finished up at mile 12, and then decided to walk the rest of the way home. In retrospect, it would have been a better idea to stash some water along the trail (since my pack was full) to scoop up on my way back home. I have never been good about this and worry a little about the safety aspect.
Does anyone stash water? Any tips?
My lack of hydration definitely ruined my 13 mile run that is right in the heart of training, but it didn’t ruin my day. While I was run/walking home today, I was dreaming of an ice bath. If you know me, you know that I would HATE an ice bath, but I decided to do a modified bath (with cold water and a little bit of ice), which felt fantastic.
Not surprisingly, I had company trying to fish the ice cubes (his favorite toy) out of the tub…
Until he slipped into the tub himself, rolled around trying to climb out, and then bounded out to safety. A quick shake and he was back for more. Seriously…aren’t cats supposed to hate water?
My ice bath was delightful and refreshing and I have continued to drink water non stop for the rest of the morning and afternoon in an attempt to rehydrate for the busy weekend ahead. I have to say that I am usually very conscious about what I eat the day before a run, but have not been good about hydration the day before. In this case, it definitely impacted my run. And although I know I don’t want to overhydrate, it was a good lesson to learn at this stage of training.
Weekly Mileage: 25 miles
If that sounds short, it’s because it is. I only ran 3 days this week! Next week is my first of two 20 mile runs. Is it crazy that I am already nervous?! Happy Friday and hope everyone has a fun and safe 3 day weekend!