20 minus 2
March 26, 2011 § 5 Comments
Ok so my 20 mile run planned for yesterday ended at 18 miles.
Overall it wasn’t fun and honestly left me questioning whether or not I really want to do this marathon at all.
But after getting over my self defeating attitude I took a look at some of the ways I could have better prepared for the long run that might have made the experience more enjoyable.
- Eat and drink more efficiently during the week of a long run.
I tend to be a bit of a wino and although I’ve cut back significantly, I had 2 glasses of wine with dinner the night before and probably did not drink enough water. I also need to plan out my night before meal more thoroughly. I was still kind of wishy washy on Thursday night as to if I was going to do the 20 miler on Friday or Saturday. Consequently my dinner of frozen pizza from Whole Foods probably wasn’t the most wholesome fuel.
- Get up earlier.
I usually have good intentions of waking up early enough to start my long runs while it’s still dark out but more often than not, the alarm clock doesn’t win and I get a late start. For instance yesterday I woke up around 8 (when I’d set my alarm for 5). Knowing that I’d already missed my early timeline I ate breakfast & lollygagged until I finally set foot on the course at 10:15. Consequently it was hot from the very beginning. It was also extremely windy which I have no control over, and although the trade winds can be refreshing when your standing still they can be quite an added challenge when you are running.
- Figure out the “gear” situation.
Although I love my Camelback, it can be really bulky and can lead to some uncomfortable chaffing issues. I’ve never had an issue with it before, but yesterday I had it stuffed full of water (it’s intended purpose), my camera, wallet, phone, keys and my tank top that I shed halfway thorough. Since it was stuffed to the brim I ended up with a chaffing rash on my back that felt like a bee sting!
- Address joint pain before a run.
My right knee has been irritated for months. It’s not really an injury, but it just feels bruised. I wear a support strap but I don’t think it’s doing much other than giving me a funky tan line. Since my knees felt like glass yesterday I’m going to make a point of seeking out some sports medicine advice and hopefully discover some ways to lessen the stress on my joints.
Ultimately, all those factors combined yesterday and I felt like it was in my best interest to call it a day at 18. I still have room in my training schedule to fit in a 20 mile run, and next time I’ll be more prepared.
Even though I didn’t finish 20 I still rewarded myself 🙂
Have a great weekend!