18 mile long run!!! Check!

Wow so how many mixed feelings am I having right now? I accomplished my goal of 18 miles but I walked to much more than I wanted, but I ran at the end and felt like I could have kept going so isn’t that important? Today I learned a lot about my body and I was experimenting with new “food” along the way. So what did I learn/experience?

I learned first of all, do not start running at almost 2 in the afternoon. I had been awake since 9 and was cleaning and doing whatever and when I started my run I was already a little warn for the day. I ran the first 5 miles at a very slow pace (I knew I was pacing slow) and arrived at a visitors center, which I knew was near Winking Lizard (Oh I started at Ira Trail) anyway I paused Mr Garmin and went into the bathroom and also got some water. I knew I was not hydrated well and also learned to watch what I eat and drink before a run. I got back on the trail and was worried because I was VERY off from what I wanted to be at, but kept going. I took some Sports Beans and hoped they would help with the hunger I was feeling. I was headed up along the trail hoping to hit the Boston Store and beyond to reach mile 9 and the turn around. However at what turned out to be mile 7 I was unsure if I was allowed beyond a fence. So I stopped, stretched and turned around. I was secretly glad because I was fading and was unsure if I’d make it the 14 miles needed back to the car and I was sad.

I made it slowly slowly back to the visitors center, paused Garmin and drank water like it was my job. Sad. I also took some of my endurolytes, I’ve used these in the past and LOVED them, then one day Vertical Runner was out so they switched me to S-Caps…which I now swear by in the heat. Today I loved my enduros again but wonder if maybe there is a way to use both, because on hot days I’m gonna need a LOT more salt. The combo of the two over the 9 miles took away my hunger and any dizzy feelings or nausea I normally feel which was GREAT but after mile 9 I was tired. Not just a little tired but couldn’t keep my eyes open I was going to collapse on the trail tired. I walked, and listened to my ipod and hoped I didn’t just fall asleep. Actually this might have been later on in the run because I remember getting myself pumped by saying I only had 5 miles to the car and there was no reason I couldn’t do 5 miles! So I made it three before pausing and that is when the tired set in.

Some how I made it back to Ira and convinced myself that I couldn’t give up that easily. I was at 14 and HAD to do the other 4 I just HAD to. So I tried running a little and my legs were having NONE of that nonsense. So I walked, I don’t like walking but it gets the job done and I was learning along the way. I walked and I made to as far as I felt before turning around at 15.5 And one of my FAVORITE songs came on. I don’t know about you but there are some songs that REQUIRE running. I have this ABBA mix and greatest hits all remastered to an upbeat tempo PERFECT for my pace and I can’t let them go by without honoring with a run. So start running and guess what? My legs listened this time! I run through one song and then another and then another and I notice I’ve made it a mile and still feel good, 16.5 and I get excited that I’m gonna make it after all and I keep running amazing song after amazing song. I do a double take when I see the Ira sign (running back was MUCH faster than walking away!) and I look down and see I’m at 17.2 (dang!) so I take off up the trail, up past the swamps and over the bridge and there are people and they’re looking at me and I want to yell at the top of my lungs with a smile “I’m at the end of an 18 mile run!” but I don’t (ha) so I get up to 17.6 and know it’s okay to turn around I do a funky little circle around a cement marker, because I think I’m so damn cool and I take off running back to the car and I KNOW I’m not an Olympian and I know I’m nothing impressive and I know I’m not even keeping one on my fastest paces, but I am running and I hadn’t stopped and I didn’t feel like stopping so I fly up the path listening to “Eye of the Tiger” and smiling like I just won the lotto and I look down and hit top at the sign as I’m greeted with 18.02 and I feel like I’m on top of the world, other than I had a goal of 4 hours and it’s reading 4:10:xx which honestly SUCKS but hey for as crappy as I felt the first half I was more than okay with this ending.

I love the new shoes and am SO glad I bought them just in time…no pain no injuries (yippie). I think I’m going to try the beans with caffeine, maybe mixed with the normal beans because I’m so sensitive to the stuff, but I am way too tired and when I run I crave diet coke…and apples. I should change my blog to be called “Diet Coke and Apples” so I guess I didn’t make my time or my pace but I learned a lot and after all, isn’t that the OTHER point of a training run? Not just to beat up your muscles but to open you mind and be a smarter runner? That was the goal this year, train smarter not harder and so far it’s working better than I ever imagined.

Marathon here I come baby!

Activity

Route: Elev. Avg: 704 ft
Location: Bath, OH Elev. Gain: +0 ft
Date: 08/30/09 Up/Downhill: [+495/-495]
Time: 01:39 PM Difficulty: 3.5 / 5.0
Weather: Overcast
60 F temp; 62% humidity
60 F heat index; winds NW 8

Performance

Distance: 18.02 miles
Time: 4:10:13
Speed: 4.3 mph
Pace: 13′ 53 /mi
Calories: 1875

Map

Elevation (ft)

Pace (min/mile)

Splits

Mile Pace (min/mile) Speed (mph) Elevation
Gain
actual +/- avg actual +/- avg
1 12′ 25 -1′ 28 4.8 +0.5 -9 ft
2 11′ 57 -1′ 56 5.0 +0.7 -10 ft
3 11′ 28 -2′ 25 5.2 +0.9 0 ft
4 11′ 07 -2′ 46 5.4 +1.1 -7 ft
5 11′ 52 -2′ 01 5.0 +0.7 -27 ft
6 11′ 23 -2′ 30 5.3 +0.9 -7 ft
7 11′ 51 -2′ 02 5.1 +0.7 -3 ft
8 13′ 59 +0′ 06 4.3 -0.0 -6 ft
9 18′ 10 +4′ 17 3.3 -1.0 +13 ft
10 14′ 33 +0′ 40 4.1 -0.2 +13 ft
11 12′ 28 -1′ 25 4.8 +0.5 +14 ft
12 12′ 28 -1′ 25 4.8 +0.5 +10 ft
13 15′ 13 +1′ 20 3.9 -0.4 +10 ft
14 20′ 00 +6′ 07 3.0 -1.3 0 ft
15 17′ 08 +3′ 15 3.5 -0.8 +16 ft
16 17′ 20 +3′ 27 3.5 -0.9 +26 ft
17 12′ 08 -1′ 45 4.9 +0.6 -33 ft
18 11′ 57 -1′ 56 5.0 +0.7 -10 ft
end 11′ 17 -2′ 36 5.3 +1.0 +9 ft
Versus average of 13′ 53 min/mile

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Activity

Route: Elev. Avg: 617 ft
Location: Cleveland, OH Elev. Gain: +0 ft
Date: 08/29/09 Up/Downhill: [+121/-121]
Time: 09:03 AM Difficulty: 1.9 / 5.0
Weather: Overcast
68 F temp; 84% humidity
68 F heat index; winds W 14

Performance

Distance: 3.04 miles
Time: 0:29:29
Speed: 6.2 mph
Pace: 9′ 42 /mi
Calories: 354

Map

Elevation (ft)

Pace (min/mile)

Splits

Mile Pace (min/mile) Speed (mph) Elevation
Gain
actual +/- avg actual +/- avg
1 10′ 06 +0′ 24 5.9 -0.2 +50 ft
2 9′ 25 -0′ 17 6.4 +0.2 0 ft
3 9′ 23 -0′ 19 6.4 +0.2 -49 ft
end 8′ 05 -1′ 37 7.4 +1.2 0 ft
Versus average of 9′ 42 min/mile

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OROC 2009

Today was my first time using my Garmin and yes I am in love. We’re planning a June wedding in 2010 I hope you can all make it.

In all seriousness this thing is AWESOME. All I had to do was put it on my wrist and press start and look at all the awesome info it gives me. No more trying to remember what splits were called to me, no more wondering if I’m almost at that next mile marker, no more trying to guess if I am on or off pace during the run. I was SO happy to hit sub 30 but then a little less excited when I saw we were not quite at 3.1 but 3.04 Hmmm I dunno kids I think I could have done it if I really really tried hard enough. Considering I’ve been hitting 31 and 32 minute 5ks I’m very happy.

They changed the course this year, which was a nice surprise. Hill at the end which burned my lungs to run up but I knew we were near the end and I couldn’t give up. WONDERFUL weather and a very lovely turn out for what might have been rain if we weren’t so lucky. I got a few apples to take home afterward. The funnest (word?) thing was tracking down a bathroom at a local hotel with Gale because we didn’t want to wait in the 2 miles long line.

** I can’t get it to upload where it isn’t half cut off so we’re gonna do this in two parts

** Fixed, although fixed by needing to have a new layout. However I kinda like this one more anyway so it’s all good.