OK, so some things you have to learn the hard way right? The lesson I learned today is:
DO NOT DO “SPEED WORK” THE DAY BEFORE A LONG RUN!
My schedule called for an easy 4 miler on Saturday and a 20 miler on Sunday. I had the opportunity to hit the track with an awesome local 10K’er who offered to be a pace runner for me and teach me some things on the track. So rather than a nice relaxing 4 on Saturday I was really pushing myself to the limits and worked alot harder than I have in a while. Turns out running short races is a much different skill set than marathons (breathing patterns, stride, pacing, etc…). More stuff to learn! Either way the work out was great and showed me than I probably push myself a little harder than I have in the past.
The downside to the story starts a 5:00 AM the next morning. I woke up very sore and tired… having to go out and run 20 miles. Welp, the first 10 or so went ok, but then the wheels came off the bus. I was feeling very fatigued and the 85% humidity and 80 degree weather (at 7AM!) didnt help. At mile 12 I was running on some really smashed up side walk and didnt get my foot up high enough. My toe caught the curb and I took a nice digger and ate some cement Nothing too serious though. My hands got the worst of it. I got up, brushed off and kept running A mile or so after that after that I really was struggling and trying to push myself. I really pushed for a few more miles but my body finally gave out just under 18 miles (2 short of my goal)! I am not happy about it and was seriously thinking of running a quick 2 tonight to make up for it, but I am going to try not to be too crazy and just let it go
My 23 miler in two weeks will go MUCH better.