You know Mother Nature truly just had to nail that final nail in my coffin this past Saturday. Thank goodness for the lovely weather 2 weeks ago on my 20 miler because the past 2 weeks have just been miserable.
And this one couldn't have come at a worse time.
Friday morning was just so lovely I had high hopes for a similar outcome just a measly 24 hours later.
Twas not the case.
When my alarm went off at 3am, I actually had a bit of a stutter and didn't want to get up. But get up I did. Reluctantly.
I started chowing on my Brown Sugar Pop Tarts (my go to fuel before really long runs and marathons)...and looked at my app on my phone.
When I walked outside on the porch it felt much worse.
And I said out loud: Shit.
Well it wasn't ideal but I would adjust my strategy for the day and be done with it.
Thankfully I had had an offer from one of my friends to meet me at 4am (and she isnt even training for anything!) so I was ecstastic about that! When I arrived at JH base I was SHOCKED to see 2 other folks already there. Both of which I knew, so that was fun to see. C ended up running part of her early morning miles with CH and I, but SM started ahead of us but I could see him up until he turned on Crestwood.
CH and I took off roughly at 4am as planned and headed towards the park. We were running about a 10:40 pace and that was cool with me. I had wanted to adjust my plan for the day to 7/1's based on the conditions but didn't have the heart to ask her to do that. So the first 8 miles went as a straight on run only stopping for water twice. I had my handheld that I dropped off on Crestwood that was waiting for us on the 2 mile trek back to base where I was supposed to meet with CD at 5:30 since she had 15 to do and wanted me along to keep her on track.
By the time I got back to base I was soaked clean through just like August, but opted to not change the shoes/socks out.
I should have. But looking back on it at least only 1 pair was full of sweat and covered in mud/dirt as opposed to 2 pair. A route that includes Memorial and Rice will make mud pies from your shoes when soaked in sweat.
CH and I take off and I began the 7/1's for the next 14 miles. To be honest I dont have the exact mileage due to resetting the Garmin and switching to intervals after 8 miles, but I can tell you I was out there for a total of 4.5 hours (which included all water stops, potty stop (1) and a couple of extended walk breaks, traffic and what-not) and to me thats the equivelent of 22 training miles but was probably closer to 21 if I added it all up. With the route only being 10 miles this week, there was a lot of creativity to tack on mileage before and after.
I know not how I survived as well as I did. It was WAY better than some of the 17-19 milers in August where there was more walking in the later miles than running, but nowhere as good as the awesome 20 miler 2 weeks ago in great weather. I have to trust that given the conditions it was sufficient and that I will indeed reap the benefits on race day.
There were SO MANY MORE people than normal and there were issues with enough fluids but Kenyan Way does such a great job with that! So lucky to have them. Once they start to run low, someone is off to replenish. I know every stop was just crammed with people this past week.
I had 3 gels, but basically the entire run I was starving. This was new to me because I have never experienced full on hunger on a long run before. I am REALLY watching what I eat, knowing full well that my hunger is just in overdrive, but I dont necessarily have to satisfy it to the point of weight gain. Not going to make the same mistake I made last year thats for sure. Once I got home I had a big bowl of homemade spaghetti which was unbelievably awesome if I may say so myself! I had made it Thursday night, so by Saturday morning the leftovers were that goodness that only comes from those foods that are so much better 1-2 days afterwards.
I did a short ice bath afterwards, tried to sleep...couldn't. Not even with a 'pill' to help. I rested as much as I could; watched a movie on HBO, then decided to get out of the house which was awesome because it was raining and we havent had rain in so so so so long I wanted to enjoy it. No umbrella for this girl!!!
I stayed busy which I figure helped with the fatigue in my legs when I woke up Sunday morning.
It was there for sure, especially in my quads, but I hopped on the bike and did a nice hilly 12 miler (was hoping for 20 but the rain came again and while it was fine for a bit, it got much worse and I needed to pack it in).
I had every intention of running this morning before work, but I was woken up with the thunder, lightning and pouring down rain!!! Yay! Thats the kind of rain we need! So I didnt mind having to postpone until this evening. 8-9 more hours of rest for the legs can't hurt!
Probably wasn't the best idea to wear 5" stilettos today. : o /