This afternoon I went over to Forest Park to get in 22 miles. The route was the out and back on Lief Erikson Drive (which is really a trail...mixture of gravel, rock and dirt.) I bonked. I mean I really bonked. I made it to the 11 mile turnaround feeling barely okay and managed to run another 4 miles. But with 7 miles to go I was done. My legs felt fine, but my gut and my head couldn't take any more running. I just wanted to curl up on the side of the trail and go to sleep. I called Marc and told him that I'd be home later than expected. For the next 3 miles I attempted to run the downhills but was mainly walking. With 4 miles to go I couldn't run at all and walked the rest of the way back in. Walking for 7 miles after running for 15 isn't fun. Normally, I like that this trail is marked every quarter mile. But today, not a good thing. Ignorance would have been better than counting down the miles in quarter mile increments. Especially when I couldn't even muster up the will to run that last quarter mile.
Back at the car, I reclined the seat and just laid there for 10 minutes. I took a sip of water but didn't want to drink too much in case it made me heave and I couldn't drive home. By the time I was home 30 minutes later I was feeling better. After a hot, then cold, shower I was feeling a lot better.
I'd spent the past 4 days at a conference in Seattle, eating the wrong things, drinking the wrong things. I guess it caught up to me. There's a lesson: its not just what you eat and drink the day of (or the day before) that matters. Constant training.
Aside from that big mistake, here are a few others:
*I went out too fast. The first few miles are all uphill and I think I was hitting 10-1/2 minute miles. That's fine for a shorter run but not okay for 22 miles on a hot (80's) afternoon.
*I only brought along 4 Succeed caps. The full dosage of 2 an hour might have made the difference. Well, maybe not, but I should have brought along more.
*I should have listened to my gut which was telling me to turn around at the 7-1/2 mile mark and shorten the run to 15 miles.
Since I'm a positive person, I've come up with some of the positive things I can take away from this run:
* I still managed to cover 22 miles. It's all about time on your feet, right?
* I had a chance to practice my power walking technique.
* I had cell service out in the woods.
* Unlike Jennifer, I managed to find a rock to sit on. Which reminded me that we all have bad days.
* I'm certain I'll never need to buy CarbBoom gels again.
* I'll forever have the jingle Matt so conveniently reminded us of ingrained in my head.
Okay, maybe that last one isn't a positive. : ) ; )