So, the marathon training plan called for 18 lovely miles yesterday. I went to the Niskyauna Bike Path for a change of scenery. Foursquare kindly reminded me that I had been running up here since November 2012.
It’s a pretty nice place to run, a paved path for miles and miles.
I ran the first 10 miles solo. My legs were tired, and I wasn’t feeling 100%. I think this was due to the fact that I donated blood on Friday morning–but I figured since it was more than 12 hours before my run, I’d be okay. I made sure to hydrate really well Friday night and Saturday morning.
My lovely friend Laura joined me for the remainder of the run, and I struggled the the rest of the run. My mistake was that I forgot to put more Gu chomps in my belt for the rest of the run. FAIL! I ended up STARVING by the 13th mile, and still had 5 to go!
Apparently 1 Gu at mile 10 is NOT enough! I should have known better! I think this was the closest I ever felt like I was “bonking” on a really long run.
I had to walk a decent portion of the 16th mile, BUT–we got it done. And thank you Laura for running with me and entertaining me for 8 miles! 😀
Long Run Stats
Total Distance – 18 miles
Time – 3:20:?? (forgot to restart Garmin for about .75 miles there somewhere)
Average pace: 11:06
If I had remembered my Gu I’m guessing that would have gone better.
Anyway, I was SO hungry after the run I made a stop at Dunkin’ Donuts (Something I rarely do, if ever) because I wanted a bagel and cream cheese SO BAD. I also got a hot chocolate for good measure. It tasted amazing and I really needed it!
Officially there are five weeks left until the marathon, if all else fails, at least I got an 18 miler in.
Still planning on the 20 miler in two weeks!