Ran 9 miles, 1:26:42, 9:38 pace (9:27, 9:29, 9:52, 10:32, 10:03, 8:50, 9:20, 9:50, 9:18). I’m getting faster, but I need to speed up if I want to run a half in under 2 hours. This run felt great…except for my tummy issues. If you easily get grossed out by “TMI,” maybe best to skip this post 🙂
I usually eat a banana about 45 min before a long run, and I never have any issues. My first few miles were good, slow warm-up miles. Then after mile 3 my stomach started to yell at me. I wasn’t sure if I was going to have to turn around and find a bathroom, but I kept on going.
Every mile after mile 3, I either had “holy crap I need a porta potty” or “oww, cramp” feelings.
I was going to try out a different gel today (I’ve tried Honey Stinger and GU), but I decided I didn’t want to risk it. I didn’t want to be that lady hiding in the bushes, crying, as I waited for someone to come pick me up because I had an accident.
Luckily, after I turned around at mile 4.5 (out-and-back run), a woman was running in front of me. She was running at about the same pace as me, so I just focused on keeping up with her. As she saw me behind her, she definitely sped up, but I easily kept up with her and waited for her to tire herself out. It worked; I passed her after about a half mile. My pace sped up after that because I didn’t want her to leap frog me, and then I hit the dreaded stop light…
I jogged in place as I waited to cross the street, but when I started back up, I just couldn’t get my rhythm back. Around mile 8, I started to feel a nasty blister coming on so I started to sing the lyrics to the songs that I was listening to to keep my mind off of it. Sing in my head. My B.O. is enough torture for fellow trail users.
After my run was done, I was just happy I completed it sans “accident.” Hey Chocolate Covered Race Medals, did you do your long run too?? 🙂
One of the best ways to make sure you complete your planned workouts is to have someone else keep you accountable. Tell a friend, family member, your barista, etc. that you are running x miles. You’re more likely to complete that run just so you don’t have to say, “No, I was too tired/it was too hot/my dog ate my homework.”
My post workout meal. I also added hot sauce which was incredibly risky since I had tummy troubles. But at least I was at home with direct access to bathrooms.
Don’t forget to roll and stretch!
And crawl over me…
Happy Saturday everyone 🙂