18 miles avg 9:00/ mile
But it was a *horrible* run. Granted the first 11 miles were glorious. I was cruising at 8:30-8:40 pace and loving life.
Then the GI issues hit me. I had to stop and walk and contemplate whether or not to continue on or find an open restroom (which are hard to find on the lakefront this time of year). I used my Jedi mind tricks to settle my tummy and continued on, albeit at a much slower pace than before to complete my run.
If I could survive this, I'm pretty certain I could survive anything in a race.
So what can contribute to a *horrible* run?
•lack of sleep the night(s) before •dehydration from too much "drinking" or not enough water the day before
•food. I know some people are sensitive to eating certain foods before longer runs. Luckily, I'm not one of them and the tacos Friday night had no claim to my problems.
•emptying out your insides before a race (or long run). Extremely important for long runs where the restrooms are boarded up and in short supply!!
•improper fueling during the run. Not enough water intake, not taking enough gel, chomps, salt tabs etx This can cause muscle cramps and eventually injury.
•wearing proper clothes for the weather. It was low 30's and little wind so I wore, CEP comp sox, shorts, long sleeve shirt and a light jacket. Should have worn gloves, but i felt cool the entire time. (and happy I finally figured out how to dress for the cold)
There seems to be a lot that can make a run go bad, but in reality most of the factors are in your control. This *horrible* run was my fault. It wasn't some new problem that hit me like a train- but it was 100% preventable.
Post long run We checked out Panozzos, an Italian market that we saw on Diners, Drive ins and Dives a few weeks ago.
My porchetta sandwich was amazing and WW got a massive meat ball sandwich. They were delicious!
We also tried out "Waffles" this weekend.
I got waffles Benedict. It was a Liege waffle (very sweet and dense) with pulled pork, egg and hollandaise sauce. Very delicious!
What are some additional causes for crappy runs? What has caused you trouble during a run before? - xaar