Saturday, May 19, 2012
I love a good run. 10-mile runs are my favorite, and thatís what was on the menu today. I was really looking forward to this run. Not only was it a nice, ďshortĒ run, it is the last long training run. Next week Iím running the one that matters, and I am so excited. The nerves are a lot better now. Iím really looking forward to the marathon. I have decided on two race day goals:
#1 Finish it.
#2 Enjoy the experience.
No pressure. Iíve worked hard, and while I know itís going to hurt and suck, I want to enjoy as much of it as possible. No getting down on myself no matter what happens.
Todayís run was different than my usual training run routine. I usually go first thing in the morning, so that I am done with it earlier in the day. The weather up until now has been cool. Iíve run in snow, wind, rain, and cold, but I had not run distance in heat Ė until today.
Itís gotten hot here in VT. Summer weather seems to show up overnight. A few days ago is was cool and rainy. Today it was hot and sunny. The leaves are out on the trees, and everything was bright green, blue, and yellow. Have I mentioned I love living up here?
So, I ran in the heat. I also ran later in the day (the hottest time of day) because I had Girls On The Run practice this morning. I love GOTR. It is such a great program, and I love working with kids. It teach the girls how to be confident, strong, beautiful young ladies while also teaching them about nutrition and exercise.
The run went pretty well. I decided, despite the heat, to make it hard 10 miles. Iíve got a week of significantly less exercise ahead of me, and I wanted to make this last training run count. I decided to run my old route, which has 3 miles of hills to start. It was tough, but I worked hard and tried to keep the same pace going up hill. I killed those hills. It was awesome. I actually took 15 minutes off my usual time, which felt awesome. I felt like I could have kept up that pace for a lot longer.
The only thing that threw me off was the heat. Iíve run in much higher temperatures, but not for more than 5 miles. The last time I was running 10s it was autumn and cool. I didnít need a drink during my run, so I assumed I would be fine today. I almost was. The last couple miles were rough. I spent most of them thinking about the numerous drinks I could have when I finally got home. As soon as I got inside I promptly drank too much water too fast and felt sick, but it passed.
I am now enjoying the nice, exhausted, post-long run feeling and drinking a ton of water.