Today I ran the farthest I’ve ever run (at one shot): 11.02 miles
That doesn’t sound very far!
It actually didn’t feel very far, either. Abridged moral of the story: I should stop being so lazy.
I woke up feeling just awful today. I’m basically one of those women who can retain 5 pounds of water weight in a 24-hour time frame. Anyone else out there have to deal with this? You know, like when you wake up in the morning and your eyes are literally swollen shut? And your rings cut off the circulation in your fingers? And your skin is cracked open in places? Tell me I’m not the only one. Anybody?
Whenever this happens (I should probably eat less sodium whenever this happens, but, whatever; I am alive and I am going to live), I need to schedule an emergency long run, STAT. Today, I drank a quick cup of coffee and then Chris and I drove down to the river, which is approximately 3.6 miles per loop. I decided I needed to run three loops around the river (10.8 miles) in order to feel better. I’ve only ever run 2 loops (7.2 miles) around the river and my longest run to date was 10.65 miles (between Thanksgiving dinner #1 and Thanksgiving dinner #2 a few years ago). I mostly train for 5Ks and 10-milers, so I’ve just never felt the need to run farther than that. Today, this obviously needed to change.
Chris and I started out running together, but I felt like speeding up for the first few miles (about an 8:10 pace) so I ran alone and he ran behind me. It was 79 degrees and SUNNY! The trees were in full bloom. There were a few dozen other runners out enjoying the day. One man was wearing one of those retro trash bag style sweatsuits. Just looking at him made me want to pass out. There’s always a guy running in a sweatsuit at the river. He always upsets me. Even on days when I’m functioning as a living water balloon, I cannot imagine intentionally trying to overheat/dehydrate myself.
That said, I probably should have brought water along with me, but I was in such a rush to get started running that I forgot. I started to really feel the heat after about 7/8 miles. I thought maybe I would stop 10 miles into my run and walk the rest of the way back to the car, but I decided to turn around and find Chris. We ran another mile together, for a total of 11 miles.
When we finished running, Chris said, “Wow! Your face doesn’t look so swollen anymore!”
Chris brought a thermos with him so I drank all of his water and then I bought him a Starbucks iced coffee (along with a complementary cup of ice water) to make up for it.
I don’t really feel beat up at all (though I am a little sunburned). I feel really good going into the year’s Broad Street Run. I think I ran one or two 7 mile “long runs” going into last year’s race, which I completed in 1:13:49. This year, I’ve done at least 5 10+ mile runs. I believe it’s within my potential to knock another few minutes off my 10 mile PR (I would love to break 70 minutes this year, but that’s probably still a long shot).
When I got home, I felt totally rejuvenated. I ran some errands, ate a bunch of food, and got some solid editing work done. Hooray for emergency long runs! Coping skills: I’ve got ’em.
Questions for the Internets:
What’s the longest you’ve ever run in one stretch?
How do you hydrate on long runs?
What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen another runner wearing? (If you saw me running around town in my spankies yesterday, well: there’s your answer!)