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I Keep Running

I had a pretty good long run this weekend, even though it was technically a failed run. I was aiming for twelve miles on Saturday morning, but I ran out of water and steam after about nine and a half. I walked the rest of the way to ten miles, but then called for a ride. Still, I'm glad to have done the ten -- that's what I did two weeks ago. Last week should have been six miles, but I only did a little more than three, since I ran in the 5K.

So, technically a failed run. But I learned a lot:
  • I need to refill my water bottle whenever I have the chance to do so. My run was supposed to consist of running from the house on the river to town and back. I could have topped off my water bottle in any of a number of places when I was in town, but I didn't.
  • It really is harder to run in the heat. I was running in an area that didn't have as much shade as I was used to. The sun just kept beating down on me. I didn't notice it at first, but by the end of the run, I was definitely feeling it.
  • Fresh black asphalt is hot. There were no trails, or even sidewalks, to run on, so most of my run was on the road. Including a long stretch of freshly laid down asphalt. By the time I quit, I could feel the heat of the asphalt through my shoes.
  • Running through tall grass is difficult. Running on the road, I had to get off the road every now and then because of oncoming traffic. Running through tall grass is difficult.
  • Running with a cell phone is a great idea. I'm really glad I was able to call my mother to come pick me up when I ran out of steam. Yes, I could have walked the two miles back to the house, but it was much more comfortable to get that ride.
  • Know when to pack it in. Yes, I probably could have finished my run -- including some running instead of just walking back. But I was beat, and I knew it. Pushing myself was probably just asking for injuries, or asking for discouragement. I'm not ashamed that I cut my run short.
  • Be consistent. I skipped last Wednesday's run. Combined with not doing a longish run last Saturday, I was surely off my game. It's not just about making the long runs. I need to make the short ones, too.
I probably learned more, but those are the highlights that I remember.

Monday's short run (3.7 miles) was much better. Today's run (3.4 miles) was pretty good -- once I started. I really, really, really came close to skipping the run today. I finally dragged myself out of bed and hit the pavement. The first mile was seeming to confirm that I should have stayed in bed. But, after that, it picked up and became fun again. The weather was perfect -- cloudy, and cool enough.

This Saturday is scheduled for six miles. I'll try twelve again the week after that.

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ccohoon
Sep. 5th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Good to see that you learned good stuff. The water is a big one. If you're running long distances it's also not a bad idea to carry two water bottles - one in your hand, one in your belt.

Here's something I learned running around riverneck: running through swamps sucks.
drmellow
Sep. 5th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It wasn't so bad this weekend -- not as humid. And I left early enough that it wasn't so hot.

I might start doing the two water bottle thing.
theevilhalf
Sep. 5th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Why not a hydration pack instead? You get to carry a few pounds extra and it gets lighter as you get more tired. I've got a 2 liter one that I picked up surplus for $10. It also has pockets for other items - keys, phone, snack, ID etc.
drmellow
Sep. 5th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea, too. I want a hydration pack for when I go geocaching, anyway. I don't know how comfortable it will be when running, but it's worth a shot.
ccohoon
Sep. 6th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
I think one of the guys from work ran with a camel back. He seemed to really like it, so it might be something worth looking into.

You should also think about food.

And Succeed pills. They're pretty much salt pills. I think it's supposed to help your body absorb water instead of having it sit in your stomach.
drmellow
Sep. 6th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm using Shot Blocks on my long runs. And like them. I also make sure to eat something good between 30 and 60 minutes before heading out for my run.
beefhyde
Sep. 6th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
Guilford Courthouse and Country Park
I loved jogging and walking at the park near Cingular. The loop around each side is about 2 miles. Plus there are the tons of trails going throughout. Midway around is a bathroom (open except for winter), and your car is never more than two miles away at the furthest distance. One of the things I liked about it was the SHADE! I went there in the heat of the summer months and was able to stand it. I found it scenic and relaxing, too. With the long track around and the trails you could easily get in 12 miles without having to go the same route the whole way. Sometimes for a different route I would take the path off to the right of the main entrance and it goes up behind some of the businesses on Battleground. This would probably be more inconvenient for a weekday run but good for a weekend. Just a suggestion. I'm sure you are aware it's there. :) Oh... and it's fun to watch the kids on the dirt bike trail on the Country Park side.
drmellow
Sep. 6th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
Re: Guilford Courthouse and Country Park
That's a good idea for my long runs. Especially since I'm planning on running a half marathon in October that will begin and end at that park, it would be great to get familiar with it. Being able to keep a good supply of water in my truck while on the run would be a great benefit, too.
beefhyde
Sep. 7th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Re: Guilford Courthouse and Country Park
You could bring a keg of water! :) Ok... not really funny. It has hills, too.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 9th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
Re: Guilford Courthouse and Country Park
I came across your website chronicling your training for runs. I've been developing a new product to help runners carry water on their biceps, sort of like how people carry the iPod. It's called The Body Bottle - http://www.bodybottle.com I thought you might be interested as it is primarily for people who run distance.

If you check it out, do let me know your thoughts.

John
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