Tuesday, August 20, 2013
This is the longest distance Dave and I have ever run/walked. I've done longer hikes though. We are training for our first marathon (10/6).
Distance: Total Mileage: 19.17.
Time: 4h35m - 5 minute warmup walk, walk after 17.5 mi
Pace: 14:21 overall - before final long walk, was 13:44
Weather: 79-85*, 59% humidity, cloudy, occasional breezes (not cool breezes)
Trail conditions: gravel trails (former rails-to-trails) except 1.5 miles of pavement, frequent tree cover.
Timing: started mid afternoon - after working a 6.5 hour shift (on my feet)
Hydration: 9+ cups of water during run
Fuel: Every 15 minutes starting at 30 minutes. Combo of gels (1/4 of a large one every 15 minutes; dislike but tried again because will be available at first marathon), chews (1 every 15 minute; prefer these)
How did it go? It was really, really hard to keep going - this started well before we got near our previous longest distance (16 miles). Now that I think about it, things started getting difficult at mile 6.5, when we started the paved section, which was also hillier. The hills were long, "slow" ones. My legs just felt tired. during the latter part of the run, I kept telling myself "only 3 minutes to go". We have been doing very well with 3 minute run to 1 minute walk intervals. I contemplated shortening the run interval, but chose to not to. I told myself I would stop intervals at 17.5 miles, figuring we had only about 5 minutes until we got to the car. Well, I was off on figuring how far away the car was, so we ended up walking 1.75 mile, slowly. I felt much better after taking ibuprofen, stretching and getting off my feet. And I asked Dave to drive to pick up the other car.
We normally train with a group that runs early Saturday mornings on paved bike trails, but sometimes like this run, we have to go it on our own. I will not attempt another long run later in the day - especially after working and not doing the math to realize how late we'd be out (I am a morning person). We will also do out-and-back runs rather than setting up our own shuttles.
Background details: Life has been extra challenging lately. Dave (DH) lost his job 7/18, so money and insurance are huge issues. We dropped our eldest child off at the college for the first time on Saturday. For 3 weekends straight, I will be making trips out of state. My mother has been in/out of the hospital 4x since Memorial Day. We have one cat (my mother's) who the vet could go any day now - since before Memorial Day. We have an old cat (20YO) that doesn't look so great. But I may be borrowing trouble there. My uncle died. I miss long distance day hiking. I've been feeling even more overwhelmed lately. I can tie my weight gain to when Dave lost his job. As usual, I don't get enough sleep. But I remain committed to the marathon training - usually running (3x/week) feels good and helps me feel sane again. I cling to this goal as the one thing I won't give up, I won't bend to all the other demands on me and my time.
Areas I'm looking for feedback on:
1) Is it normal to get really hungry and crave food starting about 2 hours in? Does this mean we need to adjust our fuel or pre-run food? This has happened on other long runs. By the end of this run, things got to the point where I just wanted to get home, I stopped caring about food.
2) Does getting a headache in the later part of the run mean anything? I had it for maybe the last hour. I even started to feel nauseous during the last walk in. I ate some walnuts (1/2 cup) and took sips of some cold Clear American carbonated water in the car. I craved salt (not uncommon for me :) ) - wish I wasn't out of my usual car stash of salted almonds.
3) Any ideas why this was such a difficult run this time? I get that adding two miles can make the latter part difficult, but this one started getting difficult at mile 7, and just got more and more so.