Sunday, I did one of the suckiest long runs of my running life.
Factors that were not working in my favor:
(1) I stupidly waited until noon to hit the trail. Temperature: 84. Dew point: 71. Humidity: infinity times a bajillion percent.
(2) I stupidly elected to run Turkey Creek, one of the toughest, hilliest loops in the park. (Total elevation gain/loss on this 18-miler: almost 2,700 feet.)
(3) I stupidly situated my longest run in nearly a year at the end of my highest-mileage week in nearly a year.
Lesson: I’m stupid.
Well, not really. Aside from the soupy weather, there’s nothing inherently stupid about tackling a hard route on tired legs. You just have to adjust your expectations. So I guess I’m not surprised that my pace suffered quite a bit:
(Garmin freaked out at a couple of points. I’m pretty sure it lost at least a couple of tenths of a mile on that first split alone…but still, there were several miles in the 10+ range. Meh.)
Anyway. On to the next one. And the next one will be a little drier, I think:
(Guess where’s I’m going this weekend! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m more excited about the running than the blackjack. That is how fed up I am with this humidity!)
Post-run recovery included lots of carbs:
Mmm, strawberry-flavored HCFS. Also, beer:
Which I opted to consume while lying on my bed. Heaven.
This Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen from Raleigh’s own Lone Rider was a nice chaser to my strawberry shake. Cloudy and hazy, there was a lot of banana in this bottle, which under other circumstances might have been overkill, but yesterday it was just right. 5.8% ABV.
Bottom line: Sure, not a bad little wheat beer! (Purchased at Harris Teeter, $9/six)
(And yes, I had some real food at some point too. One cannot survive on beer and frozen desserts alone. Unfortunately.)
Last week’s mileage:
And looking back at that, it really does makes sense that my run on Sunday was so slow. I’m increasing my mileage and my pace is probably going to suffer a little, at least in the short term.
One thing at a time, I guess!