Remember my goal of running a HM distance every month? Well, as it turns out it is a little tougher than I thought it would be. It’s not the running, it is the Finding the Time to do it. It recently dawned on me that I only get 8 days off work every month. I may have to rethink my idea that Long Runs need to happen on my Day Off. Various family illnesses / injuries have made many demands on my time and I had finally decided to do my HM run on Saturday April 30. There is nothing like a deadline to get things done, eh? I just realized a few days ago that April 30 would not be an ideal date to do a Long run because I am doing the Shoppers Drug Mart 10k Run For Women the very next day. It was probably do-able, but not recommended. My only other day off this week was today, and I was committed to watching the grandson so my son could Work.
My son called at 8 am to cancel. He was sick and unable to work so I was off the hook. My first thought was …. oh… maybe I will spend the morning doing my Long Run. There were only 2 things preventing me from doing it.
- I had run at least 5k for the last 6 days straight, including a 5k less than 12 hours ago.
- I wasn’t mentally prepared.
- it was cold.
ok. That was 3 things. None of them were good enough to convince me to stay home so I quickly got ready and gave myself a pep talk on the way to the park. I knew that I couldn’t give 100% without risk of injuring or fatiguing myself so I planned to do Walk / Run intervals. I decided to Walk 1k and Run 2k. Hey.. whatever works, right? That worked well for the first few kilometers but I kept forgetting to Walk at the right time so it actually was more like 3k / 1k intervals.
Hydration : I only took 2 bottles of water because I didn’t expect to require more with the near freezing temperatures. In hindsight I should have taken more.
Clothing : If this was a typical run I would have been overdressed. I started to overheat a few times but by then it was time for a Walk anyway.
Tapering : As mentioned above, 6 consecutive runs of at least 5k, totally 45k in the last 6 days. Not recommended.
Fuel : I have been making wise choices re. eating so my body was ready for this unexpected HM. Breakfast was Greek yogurt and a banana. I knew it wouldn’t be enough so I grabbed a muffin. oh… and a bag of Skittles for energy. It is all I had in the house. A handful at 11k and 17k did the trick. It was an easy pace and the candy seemed to be enough
Mental : Surprisingly I didn’t feel like quitting at any time though I was happy to see the Garmin roll over to 21k. So happy in fact that I turned it off immediately as I walked across the parking lot to the car.
uh oh – A Half Marathon is 21.097k. I did not just quit with less than 100 meters to go, did I ? Damn! All I needed to do was to leave the Garmin on as I crossed the parking lot. Strava does not recognize that I just completed my April HM challenge but I am not doing it again. Lesson learned.
Recovery : Epsom Salt Bath with Life of Pi. I’d rather have a plate of Pie.
Recovery Run : Tuesday is Group run followed by our Couch to 5k Clinic. This is another reason why I don’t do my Long Run on Tuesday. I skipped the Group Run but managed to fake my way through the clinic’s 4th week.
I want Ice Cream. And chocolate. And Pie. I think I am going to get up and make some cookies.