GBA RULE of Running #18:
When running an 18 mile training run with MTT, BEWARE THE HOT RUNNING COACH.
So... Did I ever tell you about that 18 miler last year when I got caught up in a conversation with that hot running coach I didn't really know very well and went out too fast and then totally crashed and burned at mile 14 and swore I would NEVER EVER make that mistake again no matter how entertaining or hot the coach was...?
Last year, I *kinda* did that. And I swore I wouldn't do it again. I remember swearing it, over a cup of coffee with TMB. I am not sure but I think a coffee pledge over a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee is a little like a blood sister promise, but I could be wrong.
Saturday's run was full of hope... and then what happened?
And then, it was The Curse of the 18 Miler.
Let me just argue here for a minute that it's not my fault the coach is hot. It's Virginia... and it was 93% humidity on Saturday. True story. just. sayin'.
|Q, T, & g.|
"Come run MTT, we ALWAYS have this much fun!"
It just didn't feel THAT fast to me at the time... 'cos, yeah. It just didn't. It never does when this coach and I are running in the same cadence though... And never mind that with humidity at the start of the run, we all probably should have been under achieving in the first few miles anyway....
Truly those first miles weren't that bad. Splits on the watch don't lie. But still, 18 miles, yada yada, the plan to start slow... so after a stern lecture at the first SAG (thanks T)... Q & I reconnected with TMB, 3L & KC, and enjoyed some good hearty laughs on the Nickol Bridge (*snicker snicker*).
Q left us on the first major climb of the route coming off the bridge, and we settled in for a tasty 18 miler.
The route was shady and scenic, with hills for the main dish... some hills on the side... topped with hills.
And we know I love hills.
I was having a great run. Half way through and I was CHAMPION, even calling out Those People. KC & 3L left me & T, NBD, even though I knew I was dropping T at mile 11, I wasn't worried. I was *kinda* looking forward to running alone for a few miles. I've had a lot on my mind, some "lonely" miles with 899 runners sounded nice.
Yup. Dropped T, and I was ROCKING IT OUT.
I was dripping puddles of sweat, and stopped at every S.A.G. wagon to drink a silly amount of water, power aid and more power aid. By mile 14 though... I was getting cramps through my diaphragm and shoulders. By mile 15.... the cramps were full body, ranging from my calf muscles up through my triceps... By mile 15.5 or so... I was literally screaming in pain and took stock of my run...
The BAD NEWS was that I was in agony, and every run step I took hurt as more than anything I've ever done, including 3X natural child birth. I felt bad for Cass's Paul, as he was running with me by this point in the game.
|no longer sweating, or smiling. |
But Cass's Paul looks good.
Hold the phone.... is that good news?
How is this possible? And that's when I realized that there wasn't any new sweat forming on my arms and running down and dripping off my elbows. I wonder how long it had been...
The pain was crippling. I actually (shh...) contemplated calling for a car. Seriously. I almost sat down and said, "yeah, go get a coach and fetch me in a car."
But I didn't. Cos I
Practically crawled back to the Stadium, took a few minutes to flirt with my favorite People (at least I'm honest, though, sadly I wasn't in very good form, given the whole dehydration bit...), and then I limped home with KC (oh and don't worry about the fact that I accidentally spilled 280 oz of coffee in KC's Honda Pilot during the ride), and collapsed into an ice bath.... still screaming in pain, but then again, it's an ice bath, people in my house didn't even question it.
|ice bath + coffee + ducky + clothing|
while the camera was running. hello,
people, it's a rated PG blog...
NO ONE comes into marathon training with the idea that all 680 miles (ok I admit I made that number up) of the training plan are going to be easy or free or light or fast. Some runs are just going to suck.
There are going to be days when it's a slug-fest of pushing your feet forward one after the other.
There are going to be days when you think that running in the heat is insane.
There are going to be days like this.
And you know...
Because Saturday wasn't the marathon. It was just a lesson. A harsh lesson in humility, in preparation, in not taking 18 miles lightly, and, probably the most valuable lesson, (AGAIN) in....
Beware the Hot Running Coach.