Whew. I did 8 miles today. this is a long distance for me. The longest I've done sans treadmill in years, as far as I can tell. (looking at the logs I have etc).
I was so nervous about doing this run that I convinced myself I had a cold. I knew I was going to have to do it, but I took a nap after walking the dog. I was having chills and I was certain I had a fever.
Luckily, I was just scared, I think. I couldn't bear to go to the gym tomorro and tell the trainer I had not run the long, so, I decided to piddle around the house for a bit, packing and such….but.
Eventually I realized that I was unable to focus properly on anything with the big 8 hanging over my head. So I dressed, and went over to the gym.
I took my trainers advice which was to just go slow and to try to run negative splits through the long run. I did not make the Negative splits. I pretty much stayed at the same pace give or take 4-5 seconds for each mile.
I was able to use my resurected water bottle from Nathan…
This helped a lot with the problems I experienced on my 7 miler. My only wish was that I had filled it a little fuller. Even though it's been chilly in the mornings,by the time I conquered my fear of 8, it was about 62 degrees, so I was sweating and needing my water by about mile 3, by mile 7 it was gone.
I also tried for the first time Cliff Shot blocks. Much much easier to deal with than a gel, I say! The shot blocks are these sort of chewy squares of the same stuff that the sports gels are made of. They are less sticky than Gummy Bears, but taste about the same. This was a relief after my long term experience with Tangerine flavored Powershots. Bleeech. i still have a ton of the tangerine left from the box, so I imagine I'll still be using it.
The shot blocks though were a lot easier to use. I do like them. I do wish thought that 100 calories was in one bloc, but well, whatever.
I finally ran straight around the lake, and then because I learned that straight around the lake is only about 5 miles, I had to do 3 more. So I ended up with a round the lake plus 3 miles of out and back.
During this run, I focused on my Psychobabble. The first to miles, I simply wanted to quit. There's a section of this run that is at about 1.8-2.10 miles that for some reason gets me discouraged, so I talked myself through it gently. I then went on to discuss with myself that I needed less walking breaks if I was going to own this run. So I ran. At 5 miles, I walked for 0.09 miles to consume a shot block, and organize myself a little. I then took off and finished. I was suprised at how well I did on the run. It wasn't super fast, but it got done. I was able to talk myself out of a lot of negative thinking and successfully continue to motivate myself around the lake. I didn't throw up, or even consider it!
Post run I went into the pool for about 15 minutes or less. I swam ten laps.
Then I had the unpleasant experience of discovering I had gotten windburnt out during the run. My face is ON FIRE! Next time I need to be sure to run with vaseline or something on my face.
This was my first long run with the Pearl Izumi's. No blisters. I did get some cramping sensations in my feet, but I doubt they were shoe related. The shoes have a great Energy return, at least in my opinion, in comparison to the Mizunos. They are very comfortable and held up nicely throughout the run. They do seem to be somewhat heavy and at the beggining of my run when I was having a lot of the mental problems of getting out there, the shoes seemed incredibly heavy.
So, after all this, why is it that I have decided I might be able to consider myself a runner again?
Looking down at my feet before I got into the pool, I noticed a very small bit of blood round my right third toenail. I had a bloody toe-nail. So, clearly this is something to celebrate (uh yes??)
on that note, I am going to try to continue packing. My legs now feel a little bit like wood.
Canyonlands, I am coming! Slowly but surely.