Sunday, August 17, 2014

That Time I Got Lost On My Long Run

Yup, I got lost. My Summer into Fall goal is to run double digit miles during the weekend. I'm not on a race deadline (my Half isn't until October), so I've been slowly increasing my milage a little at a time. I gave myself an 8-10 mile goal for Saturday and completed all 10…but not without a little detour.

First, some pre-run fuel. I can eat oatmeal and run about an hour later without stomach trouble. If I have to be out the door sooner, I stick with a rice cake, peanut butter and 1/4 a banana...

I love running long in a running skirt. I'm not sure why, I just do. This black one is from Lululemon

I've ran four half marathons, but I've never tried GU. I decided it was time to raise my runner status and give it a whirl. I used the chocolate outrage at mile 5. It was surprisingly tasty and worked like a charm. Also, my water bottle was much easier to hold this time around. I just needed some time to get used to it. 

Note: Always try new fuel methods during training - never on race day! 

I started my run slow - not as slow as I should have - but I felt like snails were running faster than me, so that was a good start. The trails (10 miles one way) start out as a concrete path, but a dirt path appears around mile 3. I ran that until mile 5, fueled and turned around. 

Here's where it got fun. Turns out when you run at 10am, the temperature rises and the sun gets hotter (I know, I'm dumb for not running at 6am like normal runners). My water bottle was empty by mile 8 and my mouth was so dry. I actually got a little nervous, because the trails were a tad deserted. I knew there was a water fountain at the park a mile and a half from my car. I made a turn on the grass thinking I found the shortcut to the park. 

I was wrong. It was a whole lot of grass. Not a park in sight. I paused my watch and walked around in circles for 5 minutes. Not fun to do when you're about to die of thirst. 

I found my way back to the running trail and made another turn which eventually (another 5 minute walk) brought me to the park fountain. After drinking for 8 minutes, I ran to my car. So I ran 8.5 miles, walked for 10 minutes searching for water, then ran 1.5 miles to the finish. It totally counts. 

Runner's World posted this very appropriate article on how long runs are all about effort, not pace. I definitely felt on miles 8 and 9 that I was running 30 seconds faster than I actually was. I had to eventually stop looking at my watch and just finish without worrying if I was 10 seconds slower or faster than my last mile. It was a positive split run, but my effort was pretty consistent. And I always have next week to improve. That's the beauty of running. 

Splits: 9:55, 9:45, 9:49, 9:59, 10:01, 10:16, 10:27, 10:29, 10:06, 10:14

Muddy legs = successful runs...

Post run fuel...

My parents arrived last night and we had a welcome back to my brother/goodbye to my cousin dinner as both are moving into their college apartments this morning. I ran 10 miles for this meal...

Have a great Sunday! 

Have you ever gotten lost on a run? 

Favorite GU flavor? 

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