Officially my longest single run ever.
And it will only stay my longest single run ever until this next Sunday, when I run 16 miles.
You know what the mantra that goes through my head is when I don't want to go for a run (which, lately, has been every scheduled run I have)? "This marathon won't run itself." It works, I go for a run. Sunday I didn't want to run 15 miles, but I knew I had to, so I sucked it up.
My last long run of 13 miles was terrible. I felt dead at 10 miles, and wiped out at 11 miles. I thought afterwards that I probably had started too fast, plus, running in town with all the hills, probably contributed to my struggle. I didn't want to drive out to the farm land to get to the flat areas, but 15 miles is more than enough to get me out of town. So I started from home and ran out of town. It was uphill for the first mile, and then downhill for the next mile, and I was out of town and on a flat road.
5 miles out of town, 5 miles back to town, and then along the river and up a trail because that way is less of a hill to get home than the way I took to get out of town. I felt really great for the first 7 or 8 miles, and then I started getting tired. I even bought some Gatorade and had more than my normal amount of chews (honey stingers, I finally remembered to look). I was still going pretty strong though at 10 miles, and then stopped to walk close to the 11 mile mark. From there on I took several walk breaks.
|The red is the elevation, and the blue is my pace. |
You can see where I started to slow down, until then I was pretty good at
keeping my pace even.
I didn't like the Gatorade as my only thing to drink, and I missed water. However, I think the Gatorade helped a lot with my tiredness, I definitely didn't feel as dead as my last long run. When I drink soda (which is very rarely) I drink diet soda, so the sugar in the Gatorade (34g) left a bad taste in my mouth. But I did feel much less like licking the salt off my arm when I was done, so the sodium (270mg) in it was probably a good thing (I am a very salty sweater). I didn't think the honey stingers on my 13 mile run was enough, so I decided to try the Gatorade. I think it helped, but like I said I didn't care for the after taste. Of course, that might also have been the flavor I picked, lemon-lime, which I like when I'm not running but not so much while running. I will try a different flavor this next Sunday. And I think I'm going to get some more ShotBlocks. I did those for my 10 mile run and liked them a lot. I don't know if I am getting more tired because of the fuel, or just because of the increased mileage, but I'm willing to switch things up to see what works best for me.
I just decided to look up the nutritional differences for Shot Blocks and Honey Stingers.
|Shot Blocks Honey Stingers|
Anyway, I finished my run and was tired. I laid down for about an hour in the afternoon, but again, I am not that sore. And I haven't really noticed much increased hunger. I did eat more than normal on Sunday, but according to MyFitnessPal, I did not eat as much as I burned calorie-wise so that is good. I have heard that marathon training often makes you gain weight, because even though you are running farther, you are eating more and can easily overeat. I am trying not to do that, I don't want to gain weight.
|Halfway point . . . I love the farmland.|
16 miles on Sunday. Ouch! That's going to hurt!