- I need to be physically rested for a long run. This means that I cannot do anything unusual the day before. Saturday, Jenn, James, and I worked a cross-country meet at Haganstone Park. It was fun, the weather was perfect (and cool!) and I also stood for four hours in dead shoes, frequently squatting or bending down to retrieve shoes, receipts, and the occasional train engine. Then this morning I left the house and did not discover until arriving at the parking lot that I had left my water bottle on the counter. I drove back, got the bottle, and ended up starting about thirty minutes late and frazzled.
- I need to be mentally prepared for a long run. This means that when I set the date and time, it cannot change. Saturday at the meet the weather was so cool that I decided I'd run that afternoon instead of waiting until Sunday morning. We got home, I got all gussied up in my new running shorts, and it started to rain. So, I ate ice cream instead.
- The Garmin can only tell me my pace, not if that pace is a good choice. This is the most important lesson for the day. I started off at a good pace, but since I typically run negative splits (get continually faster as I go), the pace was too fast for such a long run. I sped up, got tired, slowed down, sped up some more, etc. That really threw me off. I should have seen my first mile's pace and noticed that it was too fast; instead, I saw it and felt proud of something that I could not sustain over twenty miles.
- Dehydration and pew aerobics don't mix. I got pretty close to passing out during the Prayers of the People. I hadn't rehydrated well enough and I suddenly felt hot and saw pretty pink spots. I sat down and got some water as soon as I felt steady, but yikes! Good thing we were in the back of the church with all the other toddler parents.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
The Twenty-Miler that Wasn't
This weekend I needed to run twenty miles. I set monthly mileage totals and weekly long-run distances, and this week was my first-ever twenty mile run. Running that far is a milestone; for many first-time marathoners, that's their longest training run before the big day. I wanted it to go smoothly. I wanted to have that experience. I didn't make it, and I'm pretty disappointed. Here is what I learned.