Today was a day that mentally was required more than it was physically and physically it was a necessity. 18 miles on the books. After how hard my last 6 were, I had my doubts about today. The one thing that I really had on my side…..
It’s really the one thing that that keeps my going.
Anyway, I made plans to run the first 10 miles with my amazingly supportive friend who would do walk/run with me. We decided since it was going to be a cold rainy morning that we would start at noon to miss the rain. We both know that on any given race day the rain won’t stop us, so no need to go out in it unnecessarily. Besides as I’ve said before, I’m not really a morning person. This morning I really wasn’t a morning person. I woke up at 8:00 proceeded to move to the couch with my coffee and fall fast asleep. I couldn’t keep awake. Finally around 9:30, I seemed to come out of my sleep coma. This gave me enough time to do some things around the house and head out the door in time to run to my friend.
I figured that since I had more miles to do that I would try to get some in before meeting her. I got about a mile and half in. Then did some stretching when I got to her house and off we went.
I will say that it is so nice to run with a friend who you can chat away the miles with. When your brain is otherwise occupied with discussions of running, family, politics, and life in general; you tend to forget about the soreness the pounding is causing. Sadly for me her 10 miles came to an end. We ran back to her house where I could refill water bottles and add my Cal-EZ to my water.
Then off I went.
On my own, I thought about my running strategy and tried to ignore my legs. Like most runners, I’m trying to determine what my fuel needs will be for the marathon. I also realized that maybe (not maybe) I had made a mistake only have oatmeal in the morning. I’m also trying to determine when and how to add extra calcium. Normally during a race, I do not stop at the water stations and just use my water bottles. I think Chicago will be different. I think that I will fill my water bottles with my calcium water via Cal-EZ) and then use the stops for water or Gatorade. I’m guessing that would be easier than trying to add it while running. I could take Tums, but I’m partial to Cal-EZ as I know it causes no issues and keeps my levels steady, it’s easy to take, and I can keep track of my dose.
Work in progress and will give it more thought.
By mile 15, I needed to stop for some stretching. I didn’t let myself stop long as I thought it would get too hard to start again. At this point the run turned into, it’s only 3 more miles. I can run 3 miles. By about 16.5, I reached the 7-11 where I needed to stop to get some Gaterade as my water bottles were empty. I am a sweater and I really needed to replenish electrolytes. It’s funny the people at 7-11 must see it all because they don’t look twice at me in my running belt drenched in sweat. It’s all good.
Some more stretching while I refilled my bottles and then off I went.
The last mile was hard in that I just wanted to be done. I literally went from counting the mile to counting the minutes. Telling myself that I could run for 3 minutes and for the most part I did.
Bottom line is that I got it done which is all I needed. Still not paying attention to pace, but ending up finishing with an average pace of 11:51. I’m finding that I do seem to be keeping an even pace during the running and I’m not walking like a snail during recovery.
It’s all good.