I mentioned before that I was entered in the Strava Marathon Challenge.
Here are the rules from the Strava site.
You have to run 26.2 miles in a single run (just like you do at a marathon).
There is an eight hour time limit to complete your 26.2 mile run.
The Challenge starts and ends based on each runners local time zone.
Manual entries or treadmill runs will not count towards your Challenge effort.
All activities logged during the Challenge period must be uploaded to Strava no later than 5/01/2013.
I decided to give it my first and hopefully last attempt on day one and keep it simple with an out & back from my door.
OK, 1st, I did it. I did the 26.2 at a nonstop steady pace for a time of 05:05:34. Then I did 1/2m walk - 1m run intervals for another four miles to get home. that averaged 16 minute miles because I realized I had some toe blisters and I didn't want them to tear.
Anyone cares about the nitty-gritty, it's Here:
I fueled this run by having my normal 1800 calories yesterday, going to bed early, getting up at midnight and eating another 1000 calories of mainly carbs (4 Cliff Bars - not for everyone but they work with my digestiuve system). I also drank a ton of fluids yesterday and about 30 oz. during the night. I had a cup of black coffee in the morning and carried 40 oz. electrolytes and a bunch of GU Energy Gels. So during the run I had 100 calories and 6 oz. fluid per 5 miles. I also took 2 Naproxen when I woke up and another at around 20 miles.
When I walked in the door, I downed 6 oz. tuna and started right in with my new massage tool. I'm so happy it arrived before I ran this distance. Last night I did several sessions with it and after the run, it really helped. When I stopped moving, my quads got super heavy and I was stumbling around the kitchen. Ten minutes with the Roll Recovery and I was walking normally. I still think I'm going to be sore tomorrow, but Judith and I are going to work that out with a long bicycle ride.