Yesterday was my 11 mile long run. And before I give you the full recap, here are some facts that you should know:
- I ran at a pace that some people walk at
- My legs and feet had lead in them. That could be the only explanation for my poor performance.
- I was dehydrated. Like, why-is-my-pee-coming-out-in-paste-form-dehydrated
- Panini = great post-run food
K, here are the embarrassing slow numbers:
I knew it was going to be a long, hard run when my first mile was 10:13 and my legs already felt like big muscle-less stumps. I never thought it would take me 12:53 to run a single mile…I mean the lady with her walker was passing me.
I started to feel dehydrated around mile 5 even though I was running with my water bottle.
I told myself I only had to run 0.5 miles until I could turn around. At mile 6 I took my gel. Too early for my liking but I needed the electrolytes.
And then I took it 1 mile at a time. I told myself I wasn’t going to call someone to pick me up unless I started to get dizzy. I wanted to call my mom at around 6 miles but told myself not to be a wimp, that wasn’t even a 10K. I got to about 6.6 miles and wanted to quit, but then I told myself I should end on a whole number. I kept picking a spot on the trail that I was going to stop at, but when I reached that spot I told myself that I could make it to the next whole-number mile. This continued until the end of my run.
All I can say is, it may have been run at a glacial pace, but at least I didn’t give up. This run was clearly about time on my feet and not speed.
My advice for these types of runs:
- When you’re struggling (and not putting your health in any danger), take it 1 mile at a time. Keep telling yourself that you will make it to a certain point, and when you reach that point, repeat. Don’t give up-11 incredibly slow miles is better than nothing.
- All that being said, know when to stop. I was dehydrated (and I knew it) but too stubborn to quit. I noticed that I wasn’t sweating as much (a sign of dehydration) but I told myself (stupidly) that as long as I felt a little bit of sweat, I was fine. And I spent the rest of the day re-hydrating and suffering from massive headaches.
If you don’t know some of the signs of dehydration: nausea, dry mouth, extreme thirst, dizziness, sweating may stop, cramps, chills, and disorientation. Remember you need to hydrate, not just during your run, but before and after as well!
I’m convinced it was something in the air yesterday. Kyle went cycling up Mt. Diablo and had a bad ride, and his friend from work had a bad ride that day too.
Anyways, even though I had a headache all day, I obviously felt good enough to bake 🙂
I attempted macarons again, and this time was definitely more successful than the last!
Still haven’t perfected the technique and recipe so nothing to post yet…
Have a fantastic Sunday 🙂
Have you ever been dehydrated during your run?
How do you get through tough long runs?