Wednesday I had 16 miles on the schedule...
And thankfully, I had COMPANY for 13 of those miles!
So, I made a plan for 3 loops: 5, 3, and 8. That's not to say I planned a route and staged water or nutrition around the route. I just knew I would run my 5 miler, my 3 miler and an 8 miler out of the "usual" meet point.
I layered on clothes: 8 a.m. 20 degrees. "feels like 12".
I had tights. base layer. turtle neck. top layer. tall socks. hat. uber gloves. (I would have worn my wool socks, that were a gift from Mere because they're phenomenal, but I couldn't find them.... turns out they were in my eldest daughter's drawer.... I need less cute wool socks ~apparently~)
Potter joined me for the first 5 miles. She's ADORABLE, even in "feels like 12". About 1 mile into our run she asked me to help her with her zipper. Yep, 9 minutes = her zipper down... on her key pocket. Life's in the details.
We averaged a nice pace, a perfect pace actually. It was MRP minus 20-25 after a 2 mile "warm up". It's in quotes because I'm not sure if I got warm or I got numb.
I dropped Potter off at 5m and ran another 3m. I ate a packet of honey (est about 30 calories) around mile 7 because I was feeling sluggish and foggy.
At the halfway mark I was back at the start to pick up T. While she got out of her car, I peeled my banana, ate 2 small bites, drank a few sips of water, and then, absent minded me, I put the banana down on the hood of my car.... and we left for the rest of my run.
Once upon a time there was a girl who knew how to run, prepare for runs, stage sags and plan routes...
Where is she now? Cos I need to have a talk with her....
At mile 14 I started feeling really bad. My foot started to ache (my shoes are dead, that's been fixed), my head was spinning, I felt ick. I barely finished the run, walking in the last .2 miles of my 16.
I got back to the car, grabbed my banana and went to inhale it... and it was frozen. Sitting in full sunlight, it had frozen. It was delicious but cold.
After I got home I showered and slept for an hour. After only a 16 mile long run I was as EXHAUSTED as I have EVER been after ANY 20 miler. Possibly that was due to lack of hydration and fuel, but I'm also wondering how much of that was because I burned calories trying to keep my body warm? Not sure. All I can say is that I hope it's not 20 "feels like 12" on race day. It shouldn't be... given the season, but still...