Miles 1-6 @ easy pace
Miles 7-16 @ GMP (8:10-8:00/mile)
Last 2 miles @ easy pace.
What actually went down:
18.14 miles in 2:30, with 10 @ GMP.
So on paper, or garmin, this looks like a fantastic run. Unfortunately it was the most awful run I've had in a while.
Most of my training runs have been perfectly uneventful. I prefer them to go without incident. This one was a huge struggle. I could tell in the first couple of miles that this run was only going to get worse. When it came time for the GMP miles, I gave it my all and now think I should have backed off a bit with the pace. I had to stop at the fountains for water every other mile because I was so overheated and hellbent on achieving the GMP miles. (I was dressed appropriately for the temps)
All day post run I've felt so terrible- headache, achy leg, etx, feelings I usually don't experience.
What I did Right:
It was 73 degrees when I started sometime after 6am- with a decent humidity level. I didn't immediately feel hot. I felt pretty good, maybe a little groggy until mile 2 or 3 like normal.
I took water whenever I needed it. Which was a lot more than normal and I continually felt thirsty.
I took a salt tab and gatorade prime and honey stinger waffle (not all at the same time) pre run which is what I usually do.
Took a salt and gu at mile 5.5, another gu at mile 11.5, and some mango salt strips at mile 12.
Feet felt happy in my brand spanking new mizuno wave elixirs.
No tummy issues or any other issue to speak of.
Possible causes for the craptastic run:
Not enough carbs. I haven't been a fan of pasta or other carbs for quite some time now. I can't eat sushi rolls anymore (used to be a carb loading fav of mine until I got sick a few months ago from them) and I just really don't like eating pasta because of the way it makes me feel (brick in my belly). I haven't really carb loaded for a run in a while- I tend to go for burritos with rice and chicken the day before a big run. Maybe the lack of carbs has finally caught up to me?
Friday I had 2 beers and a few pieces of chicken quesadilla, and a small piece of veggie pizza for dinner. Maybe this wasn't good pre run food? Eh, I've had beer the day before a run and never had a problem before. Doubt it was this.
It was 86 degrees and full sun by the time I finished the run. I'm pretty sure this had something to do with me feeling absolutely terrible during the 18 miles. I don't run with a HR monitor, but could tell my heart rate was very elevated today.
I'll just chalk this crappy run up to pushing myself too hard in the heat. I can't really think of anything that stands out which would have directly contributed to this run going bad.
I so desperately needed/wanted this run to go well for my own psyche, because I've been struggling with my goal for this race and second guessing my abilities. I pretty much had a huge breakdown today over this run. I only have one more long run left before my short taper begins and hope to have some good runs next week during the peak of my training. All runs can't go well, and just makes you appreciate the good normal runs a lot more after a run goes bad.
I like to analyze how to make things better or prevent certain events from happening "next time" and can't find a reason other than the heat which caused this run to be terrible. I'll now walk away from this bad run with a clean slate.
Here's hoping next weeks 22 miler goes according to plan.
3 weeks to go!