It’s hard to believe that the Wineglass Marathon is only a few weeks away.
It feels like I was just deciding to sign up for this race, and already I am celebrating my last 20 miler during training!
Oh yes, I did a 20 miler on a Thursday. Perks of being a freelancer. Downside?
Yeah, that was the weather I got to run in this morning. Boo. We are going to Minneapolis tomorrow for the weekend and I didn’t want to get up at 4 a.m. to squeeze in the 20 miler before we left for the airport. So a little bit of an adjustment.
Anyways, there were two things working against me today:
1) That weather. It is so humid here that the sky is pretty hazy. We are supposed to get some crazy storms later, so maybe it will be worth it.
2) Historically, my last 20 miler of any training cycle has been terrible, horrible and no good. Usually I am walking, in tears and cursing running for more than half the run. There was one time (my first marathon training!), when I went out for my 20 miler after work (4 p.m. on a Friday) and had dinner plans with C. Well, something happened to my knee, I had to walk a few miles, and didn’t get home until like 9:30 p.m. After telling him I would be back by 8 p.m. at the latest, he was pretty freaked out. #oops
Overall it was an… OK run. I felt pretty strong but ran out of water about 15 miles in. I thought I could snag some on the West Side Highway since there are a million bubblers (or water fountains for you non-Wisconsinites). Oh, but that would be crazy. Why in the world would they actually spout WATER? For some reason the city already has them turned off. Awesome.
So that means that for my last four miles, I had about three swigs of water. That was pretty awesome. I contemplated stealing a water bottle from a tourist on the Brooklyn Bridge, but decided that was harsh. And I probably couldn’t do it with the right kind of suave to pull it off.
I decided to slow my pace a bit and made sure to stop and rest at every stoplight when I had a chance. I think it made a difference, but I started getting the chills with a mile or so to go and started to get nervous that I was getting into the territory of dehydration or something more serious.
Learning experience: don’t trust others to provide water for you. Ration your water smarter.
(This is exactly why running will always be so intriguing, I’ve been running for awhile but it always seems to find a way to humble you/teach you a lesson)
One of the best parts of my run was wearing this tank from Brooks.
Mine is a little different — it’s lined with bright yellow on the inside (it’s reversible too). I only bought it because I had a coupon code so with my “savings” I decided to treat myself to some running gear. I was a little “meh” about it when I bought it because it looks like it would be see through, but I figured it would be super light.
This may have jumped into my top 5 favorite running shirts just because it is so comfortable. And, it’s not see through at all! It actually has this weird hologram effect (I think from the two colors) to it so it looks thicker than it is. Love.
What’s your water strategy during a hot run? Anyone else bonk on their final 20 miler?
Favorite race gear you bought recently?