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I Give My Long Run a 3 out of 5 Rating.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

My long run went well, let's say, okay today. I did the distance, felt good for most of it, but probably didn't go slow enough.

I got very tired during the last 2 miles and had to walk a lot. I was so tired that I wasn't thinking clearly, and somehow forgot that I had a full water bottle in my waistband, that I had filled at the last fountain I passed. I got tired, and wished I had something to drink. I was simply confused from exhaustion.

As a result, I had nothing to drink for the last 2.5 miles. The sun had come out, it got warmer, and that never helps either.

I understand, though. I biked long a few days ago, and ran 10 miles the day before yesterday. Just a bit too much exercise for this old body. I'm fine with it, as long as I understand what happened and why. I was out there for a long time, 4 hours and 15 minutes, so that's a good thing. Time on the feet is good.

On marathon day, I will be well rested, well fed, carbed and watered up, and rarin' to go.

I'm always glad when I complete my last long slow run, it's all downhill, training wise, from now until marathon day. My next scheduled long run is a mere 12 miler. Woo-hoo!

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Hoping for cool weather for your marathon. Looking forward to hearing about it.

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GREGGWEISBROD 1/14/2014 3:10PM

    I agree with Coop, even just finishing is worthy of a five in my books, but that must have been tough - being thirsty for two miles but having had water the whole time. Glad you're alright and that the rest of your training is comparatively light! :-D P.S. I LOVE the running old man picture you've got as your new background, lol! Brilliantly funny! :-D

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LEWILL1982 1/14/2014 2:24PM

    It's amazing how we can judge our progress by the way our bodies respond. That takes talent and we grow so much when we learn to listen to the body. Great job on the run, you are such an inspiration!

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RUN4FOOD 1/13/2014 3:12PM

    Same has happened to me in the past. If you learn from the problem it is than a worthwhile experience.
Have read several places you should eat 60 grams of carbs per hour of running.
Do you ever weigh yourself before and after your runs?
You should drink 8 oz. of liquid for every pound y=of weight loss.

Wouldn't worry about much of anything until after your net marathon. Sounds like you're ready for it.
Afterwards, maybe a few small changes are in order.

Best of luck to you in your marathon.

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LISAINMS 1/12/2014 12:28PM

    You didn't mention eating anything during your run and only water for a drink. That's too long to go without replenishing calories. What you described with confusion and fatigue sounds like a bonk (carb outage). Glad you made it safely to the end. Some people pass out.

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DALID414 1/11/2014 7:57PM

    The confusion would have scared me a bit. I've never pushed myself that hard.

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SEABREEZE65 1/11/2014 6:35PM

    Good job on finishing.
Forgetting you have water...... is this funny or sad?

You will do great!!! Keep on chuggin along....

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1CRAZYDOG 1/11/2014 6:03PM

    Have to agree . . . I'd give it a 5 for finishing! Take care.

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HDHAWK 1/11/2014 5:47PM

    A mere 12 miles! Yikes! You accomplished 20 miles and learned something from it that will help the next time. That's a 5 in my book!

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MASRITE 1/11/2014 4:34PM

    Hey, don't feel bad. I'm younger then you and you know how many times I can't find something that's right in front me!! Glad you're feeling good, though and your training is going well.

Rest up my friend!!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/11/2014 4:25PM

    Sorry about the water - that sounds really rough. Glad you made it and still feel good about it.

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HILLSLUG98239 1/11/2014 4:09PM

    Awesome! Good job tapering your training. It sounds like you'll be ready for the marathon.

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MWWENSIN 1/11/2014 3:57PM

    Great job. I make sure to have some electrolytes ie gatorade towards the end of the run. Pure water only goes so far even though I take gels every 4 miles. The sugar in gatorade a liquid seems to be absorded faster than the sugar in the gels a solid - for me anyway.

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RUNNING-LIFE 1/11/2014 3:13PM

    Lesson learned: listen to your body at all times.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/11/2014 3:01PM

    Take care!

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BLUENOSE63 1/11/2014 2:54PM

  I hope you listen to you body and take a day or two of rest! Good luck on your race!

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COOP9002 1/11/2014 2:54PM

    I would give you a 5 just for finishing it. Some days that is victory enough in and of itself.


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