...I need to move my long runs to Saturdays...
It was a day of revelations today.
17.5 miles in probably the slowest time ever since coming back from my injury in July (September if you don't count the initial recovery running period.)
But if you take off the 20 minutes of walking I did for about 1 mile, then the mpm pace is decent. Not as fast I would like but certainly decent.
The plan was to run flat.
Disney is flat.
And flat running take special training.
You have to train using the same muscles over and over again.
These muscles will get no relief over the course of 26.2 miles.
And to make them stronger, you have to train them.
And it hurts.
Which is one reason why I hate running flats.
And never a good run.
And today was no exception.
The plan was to run a double loop of the Charles River.
The first loop is the Science Museum-Anderson Footbridge which is 8.1 miles.
The second look is the Science Museum-Western Ave Bridge which is 7.5 miles.
And the 1.9 miles to and from the river would make it 17.5.
And there would be lots of stores along the way, not to mention the Science Museum with bathrooms and free water, of which I availed myself abundantly today. They did do some renovations - looks good. Reminded me that we should probably go there for Christmas gifts for the kids. Anyway...
There is a section on the Cambridge side between the BU Bridge and the River Street Bridge, which would be a vast wasteland if the river wasn't there... There are no trees and no buildings, so the wind swoops through there - HEADWIND
! The first time through, I was full of energy, so it was manageable. The second time through - fuggedaboudit....
Then when you cross the bridge to the Boston side, the wind is coming at you from the side, so you get ANOTHER HEADWIND!!! About 15-20 minutes of headwind! GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Needless to say, the second loop was much slower than the first loop,
which is sad considering it was shorter than the first one...
There were a couple of observations from the day:
- Wind sucks. Headwind sucks the most. It's like running uphill. Continuously. Today my whole back half hurt. My calves, hamstrings, outer hips, glutes... they still hurt! Of course, this is the longest distance so far in training.
- Flat running hurts. 'Nuff said.
- You have to eat, hydrate, and rest the day before your long run. You must eat WELL - not just eat. Saturdays are spent running around and doing errands. Yesterday was typical. I ate a good breakfast, then spent about 3 hours doing the shopping and by the time I had lunch, it was a bowl of instant ramen noodles at 2 pm. Then I went out for a run, which was short so it was good - even after being so busy. We had a decent dinner but I don't think that it was sufficient enough to cover for the lack of food earlier in the day. And since I was running around doing errands, I was on my feet a lot instead of resting. AND, I didn't drink enough water - when you are out and about, drinking enough water means having to go to the bathroom every hour or so - very inconvenient at the grocery store and such. But on Fridays, I am at work, sitting, eating right - actually eating a lot, and generally just resting - even though I am mentally working. So Saturdays are much better for a long run instead of Sunday. I must change my running schedule. Sigh... yet one more thing for me to redo during the week - one more thing on my "To Do List."
- The night before the run, I am eating red meat and white rice. The night of my run, I am eating red meat and white rice. Eating chicken doesn't work for me. It is what it is.
Today was a tough run. So tough that I couldn't even enjoy the geese. But it's 17.5 miles in the bag. I hope my 18 or 20 miler is much easier as a result.
If this happened in a marathon, I know I could have at least run/walk the rest. But at that point, I'd just walk off the course. Why bother? Why kill yourself? I've learned a thing or two watching the big dogs from the BAA. It doesn't matter who you are or how fast you are... it's about quality.
On another note, thank goodness I had my iPod...