Course: Lees Summit Loop
Workout: Long Run
Temp: 39 Degrees, Wind 5SE
Total Ascent: 1759 ft
Avg HR: 158 bpm
Miles this week: 64
Like a lot of 40-something guys who have been blessed and do okay in life - I sometimes can get a little carried away with myself. I forget that everything is not easy. And today I forgot one of the main training principles I try to follow ... RESPECT THE LONG RUN!!!
Pictured here is the main portion of my pre-long run meal last night. Yup ... that's an empty box of Turtles. I didn't eat them all mind you - I think my wife had two. And surprise, surprise - I didn't have adequate energy for my long run today.
I learned a long time ago to treat my weekend long run like a race. I SHOULD focus on the course. I SHOULD realize that 20 miles is not easy - for anyone. And I SHOULD eat well the couple of days before.
But this morning, after consuming very few carbs yesterday combined with about a pound of chocolate, and then leisurely heading out on an "easy" 20 miler - I was quickly brought back to earth. The run went really poorly & slowly. My gut didn't hurt - but it felt like it was empty. My legs felt like they weighed a ton. And after eating a bunch of turtles ... I ran like one! The irony is, I moved my long run to Friday because we will probably be up late tonight eating and drinking a bunch of crap. Guess I moved my little celebration up a day too!
Actually I ran the first 15 pretty much according to my pace plan, but I just never felt comfortable. At 16 I hit that energy wall and had to alternate running and walking the rest of the way. Oops! Oh well, at least I got all 20 in ... sort of. And it just further reinforces that I can't, as my high school football coach would say, "Throw my jock out there and expect the course to lay down for me!" RESPECT THE LONG RUN!!!
Be Great Today ... (I wasn't!)