A Confidence Boosting 16-Miler
We were supposed to have a wild and crazy storm pass through this weekend but the weather ended up being really tame. The lifeguards put out red and purple flags but a few people still waded out into the water and looked pretty safe.
One red flag indicates high surf, dangerous currents or both. Two red flags indicate that the water is closed to the public. A purple or blue flag indicates that dangerous marine life has been spotted, usually jellyfish or sharks.
I slept in on Sunday and headed out for my run in the middle of the afternoon. That’s nearly impossible most weekends but thanks to the cloud coverage the weather was “nice.” By nice I mean there was only a light drizzle and slight breeze most of the day.
Somewhere along the way the heavens did open up for a few minutes and I got stuck in a downpour. I know a lot of runners enjoy the rain, but I really don’t like it. I hate when the water gets in my eyes and loathe running in soggy shoes.
I had 16 miles on the schedule for the day, but I ended up only doing 8 of them at the beach. After the downpour my socks were soggy and I could feel a blister coming on so I headed home to quickly change into dry clothes before finishing up on the treadmill.
All week I was really looking forward to this long run because 16 miles feels like a “real” marathon training distance to me. I am so happy to have this run under my belt! Immediately afterwards my legs were sore but my spirits were really high! I LOVE RUNNING!
Around mile three my right achilles felt really tight. I had to stop for a minute to stretch it out but after that it felt fine. Other than that (and the soggy socks) I don’t think I could have had a better run.
I nailed my fluid intake and my fueling which is a big deal since I’m usually really bad about that. I drank 1.5 Gatorades, had 1 Gu and about a bag of Honey Stinger chews. My run lasted 3:55 at 14:41 pace – my long run pace is about 1 minute slower than race pace on purpose. I felt like I could have easily picked up the pace and I actually reined myself in a few times when I noticed I was going too fast.
This was definitely a confidence boosting run!
Drinking Gatorade or Powerade is something new I’m doing during long runs this training cycle. I still drink Ultima most of the time since it’s sugar free and I love the taste of the cherry flavor. However, when I have to drink Gatorade or Powerade during races they mess with my stomach (and make me burp A LOT). This training cycle I thought I would drink Gatorade and Powerade during my long runs to get used to it since those are the brands offered at most races. I’m happy to say I didn’t burp one time during yesterday’s 16-miler… YAY!
While I was out running Cecil was doing this:
How is he so cute? It’s bananas.
When I get home from work tonight I plan to follow his lead and do the same. I think I’ve earned a night of rest!
How was your weekend? Any other FL runners get stuck in the rain?
Raise your hand if you watched football OR if you followed along with UTMB!