Nineteen or nuthin’ (ok, maybe 16)

A snapper who crossed my path today. I let him go ahead of me...

So, Hal wanted me to run 19 miles this weekend. I’ve done this before back in March so it wasn’t so much the distance that scared me. It was the weather. SURPRISE!

But, not too cold this time. Too hot! I got a very late start because to help appease my husband, I brought my girls to their horsey lesson this week. We ended up an hour delayed because of the rain! And I’m talkin’ rain. The kind that fills your boots and covers your knees. It was so loud in that arena, you could barely hear the person sitting next to you. I haven’t seen rain like that in a long time.

Regardless, 1.83″ later, I’m suiting up at just past 12:30pm to take this run. The sun was trying to poke through, and although the temperatures were up around 80°, there was a stiff south breeze. I was pretty much thinking I’d repeat the route I took back in March. It is actually 19.5 miles, but I could always walk that last half mile.

As I’m getting ready to head out the door, my husband stops me mid-stride. “You’re not going anywhere!” he tells me. Our sump pump failed and he needed my help, it seemed. Curses! Foiled again. Now, I’m seriously wondering if I’ll get this run in at all today. But after the dust settled, or rather the crap, I was released.

I filled up two 10 oz. water bottles, one with Coconut Espresso Water, the other with a GU fizz tab, plus brought along a handful of new gels to try and a Bonk bar. But what I really needed to bring was an extra water bottle. I had no idea I’d go through them as fast as I did. In fact, I’m questioning whether one of them was leaking, because my back was kinda wet. It was hard for me to discern whether it was sweat or spillage.

At the halfway point, I realized I didn’t have enough fluid. I decided I’d scale back the speed a bit so I could at least give it a fair shake. But I did really well keeping an 8:30 pace for that first half. I was very impressed with myself. Besides the thirst, everything else about the run felt good. I even considered dropping in on a friend who lived near my route so I could refill, but you just never know. And in hindsight, I wish I had because I’m quite sure I’d have finished the distance.

I ended up playing the conversation in my head that I would have to have with my husband. I was hoping after the day he had, he wouldn’t mind rescuing me. He did, and God love him, he brought along a cold bottle of water. I ended up finishing the day where I started, at the stables where the girls take their lesson. Seemed rather fitting.

I ran just shy of 16 miles. In 2 weeks I have a 20-miler, then the taper. I’m going to have to rethink the fluid for that run. The marathon will be easy, since water stops will be provided. I actually think I may hide some water on the route beforehand. I’ve heard that people do this…It may be the way to go!

Huma Chia Energy Gel

Huma Chia Energy Gel

I might add that I only had one energy gel on this run. It was the Huma Chia Energy Gel and it was mighty tasty and very easy on the belly. I may have to get more of these for the 20-miler. I may have a new fave…

A snapper who crossed my path today. I let him go ahead of me...

A snapper who crossed my path today. I let him go ahead of me…

Have you ever placed any fuel on the path ahead of you? Was it still there when you got there?

6 Responses to Nineteen or nuthin’ (ok, maybe 16)

  1. carrie says:

    I have heard of leaving water along the trail of the run. I’ve never done it personally but its a great way of making sure you don’t run out of fuel.

  2. lisa says:

    I don’t run far enough to need to leave stuff out on teh trail, but I have friends who do that. I think 95% of the time tthere stuff is still there. Very infrequent that it disappears.

  3. Kristy says:

    Awesome pace!!! I do that a lot when I go out on long runs, I place water on the course. I generally pick a good place or rock that someone wouldn’t look behind and its always the same place so I don’t miss it:) It’s always been there when I go to get it:)

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