16 Miles: I Felt the Trinity of Long Run Emotions
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME : )
My pre-birthday weekend was full of my favorite things: football, running and Adam!
Saturday we got up early (8am is early for us on the weekend!) and went down to Miami to watch the Dolphins scrimmage! Then I came home, took a nap and went for my first ever 16 mile run!
I’m so excited to use this chant again: “We’re in the air, we’re on the ground, we’re always in control, and when you say MIAMI you’re talking Super Bowl!”
As for the 16 mile run…. that last mile was a killer!
I started the run on the treadmill since it was so hot and humid outside.
I love the a/c so much but after 10 miles I was beyond ready to get outdoors.
I felt really good up until mile 14.5 and then I just started feeling the trinity of long run emotions: hungry, thirsty and tired.
I ate one packet of Honey Stinger chomps during the run, but I think I need to bring a little something extra next time I run this far. As I was dragging myself through the final mile I noted that my legs felt okay, but I had no energy. That seems like a fueling problem, right?
I also decided to run a bridge during my last mile which was an “interesting” experience. There is a bridge at mile 17 of the Portland Marathon, so I thought I’d simulate the experience…
I will definitely have to do this on all of my long runs to get my legs used to it. They didn’t love the uphill, but the downhill sure felt nice!
When I finished my run the first thought that popped into my mind was, “at the marathon you would still have 10.2 miles to go, could you make it?” Good question! Last night I don’t think I would have made it with my energy reserves being so low, but by October when I have all my fueling and everything figured out … for sure!
I am definitely seeing why less than 1% of the population runs marathons though. It’s not easy! I am crazy impressed by all of you who have done it!!!
8 weeks to go until Portland!
Do you bring a variety of things to eat during a run, or do you always eat the same thing?
How often do you eat during long runs? Do you start eating at a certain time / mile?