I’m back on schedule. Today’s long run listed 18 miles and I went out there and I actually did it. I’ve been thinking a lot about fueling for a run and as an experiment (and because we have nothing to eat in this place) I woke up at 7 and ate only a Kind bar with my coffee.
During my run I had a Clif shot block at mile 8 and another at mile 12. At mile 15 I ran into a store to refill my empty camelbak with a Gatorade. Literally, I ran into that store and demanded an orange flavored Gatorade, threw them $2 and ran out. So I drank all the water in my camelbak, had about 75 calories on the run, and in the last few miles I had about 1/4 of a Gatorade. This doesn’t seem like very many calories to carry me through that long run, but I made it and I was never hungry. I’m pretty sure that the key here was what I ate for dinner last night. I had about 3/4 of a spinach, onion, and mushroom calzone with a little cheese. That’s the kind of meal for me that has staying power! Also, I drank a blueberry flavored beer and went to bed at 12:30 so it took me about 6 miles before I even felt awake and aware of my surroundings. At one point I was like: Where the F am I right now?? I can see where I came from, and I know as long as I stay on this path I’m not really lost but seriously what is this place? And then I stopped, looked around and was like: hmm, I’m going to turn around now… and it was probably a good decision. Yes, I stopped looked around, pulled out my phone took a photo for the view and then continued on. I throw my phone into my camelbak in case of a pelvic disaster during long runs these days.
All went well till mile 16 when I started to get really tired, or I mean my legs started to feel major discomfort but I hobbled on and I even tried to control my facial expression because people were giving me concerned looks, and I made it home jumped into another chilly bath and started my day. We’re going to see Wicked today, which means that I get to sit in a sardine can of a theater for 3 hours – that can’t be good for my legs. Major stretching and core work planned for tomorrow, major wine drinking planned for tonight : )