Fifteen. Fifteen miles. Longest run since last summer (when training for NYCM and I hit the wall after 14 and had to walk the last mile.) I did it yesterday, but it wasn’t pretty. I really had to fight for this one.
So when armed with two choices (after sleeping til 11 AM of course,) either do the 15 yesterday with temps in the mid-high 70s or today with predicted temps 10 degrees cooler, do I always do the smart thing? Jury’s still out on that. But actually, I did feel like I needed a day of heat acclimation in case Queens falls on a warm day.
So, the plan was to do a lower 5.1 loop, a 2.5 mile bridle path loop-both counterclockwise, then repeat, clockwise. So I set off, making sure to stop for water when I needed it, trying as hard as possible to not go out too fast…first loop turned out fine, then hit the bridle path…which I think the distance is actually a little more than 2.5 miles because I know I slowed down a little bit, but I don’t think I was running 10-minute miles…
The second lower 5.1 loop…here’s where I really had to fight. Felt a little shakiness between Engineer’s Gate and the Boathouse…even after stopping for gel at the Boathouse (around 10 miles for me, I think?) the shakiness didn’t go away…it was exactly what had happened last time I attempted 15!! But 10-11 miles is a little soon to be feeling like that…but I somehow made it around the southern end of the park and up to 72nd street and got a bottle of Gatorade from one of the vendors and downed it in seconds. That seemed to be what I needed, as I was able to finish the park loop and though tempted to just do the rez instead of the bridle path, did the bridle path loop, 30 seconds faster than the first one.
1st lower 5.1 mile loop-46:38
1st bridle path (2.5?) loop-25:01
2nd lower 5.1 mile loop-49:50
2nd bridle path (2.5?) loop-24:26
Flyer sightings (either talking to or seeing in passing)-4
(that .1 always seems to throw me when calculating pace…i was shooting for a 9:30 pace, that first loop was closer to 9:00. oops. and the Flyer count is because even on a solo run, I always see at least one of em 🙂 )
So what did I learn? Well first off, even though apple-cinnamon Carb-boom is probably one of the best tasting gel flavors ever, it won’t cut it in the heat when I need more electrolytes-i’m gonna need to stick with my Mountain Rush flavor e-gels (those are pretty good too-like sour candy.) And matzah is probably not as good as a carbo-loading source than pasta. And if it’s a warm day on April 29th, forget it. (Please weather gods, make sure it’s in the fifties that day…) I think I’m hot-blooded…
On the bright side-at least I got some color on this ghost-white bod of mine. I think my shoulders turned about as red as the top I was wearing yesterday 🙂
one final note-good luck to those running Boston tomorrow-looks like the weather gods are smilin’ on you guys for the first time in…3-4 years? (and i think a lot of peeps here will not be getting much work done in the afternoon since they will be busy tracking athletes 🙂 )
now playing: “my favorite mistake” ~ sheryl crow