Sunday, November 21, 2010
The Suck Factor - Long Run Recap
So, I set out at a moderate pace, and I decided to take a different route just to shake things up a bit. Bad idea. BAD idea. The new route had more hills than the old one, and they were steeper. But I thought that the hill training might actually be a good thing, so I didn't turn back - again, bad idea!
I made it through about mile 6 without any problems - and then the suck set in. I decided to take a walk break every mile for the remainder of the run, and I decided to gauge that by the mile markers. After running for about 15 minutes and thinking, "Holy Cow - this is the longest mile EVER!", I realized that the county I was running in only places mile markers every 2 miles.
About mile 10, the stomach cramps set in - but they weren't constant, or I would have just packed it up and gone home. I'd have some cramping, and then 8-10 minutes with no cramping. So, I'd walk for a few seconds and then run during the cramp-free spells.
About that time, I called Melissa and asked her to join me for the last few miles. Thank goodness she was home, and happy to come out - I honestly wouldn't have made it the last three without her. We arranged to meet at about the 12 mile point so she could run the last 3 in with me. Well, we didn't communicate that well, so I was waiting for her (and taking a short stretch break) when she called and said, 'Where are you?" We quickly changed course and met up for the last part of the run.
Melissa said, "Will this give you 16?" I said no, that it would give me 15, but that I was going to take it and be happy. And we finished the last three miles with me stopping every 8 minutes or so for a break. I did keep the walk breaks under a minute, but I couldn't have run the last few miles without them.
Now I'm sitting on the couch with a heating pad (and two chihuahuas) on my stomach. I wish I'd had an extra mile in me, but today I just didn't. I'm not sure if it's the fact that I'm coming off of an illness, or just an off day, or if maybe I'm not as fit as I think I am. Or perhaps some combination of those factors.
At any rate, I am running the Disney Marathon on January 9. I had already made up my mind that, because I love Disney, I was going to make this run about fun and not about time. I want to stop for every character, and I want to run nice and slow through each of the four parks and just soak up the atmosphere. Until I have grandchildren I don't have little children as an excuse to visit Disney (although I may steal the Princess next summer for a short trip - don't tell her!), so this is probably the only chance I'll have to hang out and play in the Disney theme parks on my terms for quite some time.
I guess if I have to, I'll take frequent walk breaks in the Galloway style and just finish the race. But I really hope next week's long run is better than this week's. Have a great week, everyone!