I was reading a post awhile back from Meals & Miles and I was captivated by Meaghan’s Month before the Marathon advice. As most of us (“Distance Dreamers”) are coming up on about a month or less before the big day, I found this post to be very helpful for newbies.
One tip still has yet to escape my mind. Tip number #2 – Go on one long run by yourself.
I couldn’t recall a single long run I had done alone the whole time I’ve been training. I’ve been very gung-ho about this whole TEAM effort and was so proud of myself for not missing a single long run with the group. But she was right, I need to know that I could mentally do this race alone.
I honestly think the longest S-O-L-O run to date is maybe a 7 miler.
Well, I took her advice and set out to run alone. Not for any other reason than the fact that I wanted to know I can do it when all is said and done.
The training plan called for 12 miles and that was what I set out to do.
All was rocking, as I set out on my run. For the first time in months I put on my iPod and set out to do a long run S-O-L-O.
I couldn’t believe how amazing I felt and how quick my mile splits seemed at first. Then I began to worry a little about the fact that I was starting off a bit faster than normal but went with it.
I opted to do 9 minute runs with a 1 minute walk as opposed to my normal 6 min to 1 min walk.
The heat started to set in, and I realized starting my run at 11:00 am was probably not the best idea.
I hit mile 4.5 and was stopped by a pack of geese.
After a few pics during my walking break I started back up again. The run felt harder at this point. My legs felt heavy and I was struggling a little bit.
I kept on trucking as I was one-third through.
I popped a gu around mile 6 hoping that would help give me the boost I needed.
My mile splits were slowing and I was dragging even more.
I stopped at a nearby park to stretch out and take a water and Gatorade break.
And started back up again.
I ran until I hit 8.5 miles and felt like I was going to pass out. My head was cloudy and my knees started to get weak – there was no way I could continue on any farther in the heat and forced myself to walk the 1.5 miles home.
I was disappointed that I couldn’t continue on and felt horrible and knew I needed to take it easy at that point.
So I didn’t hit the 12 miles, but I was still proud of myself that I did 8.5 miles alone. But I still didn’t feel like I accomplished the whole doing the long run solo.
But you win some and you lose some I guess.
My run did not go as expected but I am not going to let it affect the rest of my training. Honestly after a long week filled with 12+ hour work days, really really rich hotel food, and running around on my feet non-stop I actually decided this was probably a pretty good run considering.
My Mile Splits:
- Mile 1: 10:35
- Mile 2: 10:24
- Mile 3: 10:56
- Mile 4: 11:03
- Mile 5: 12:12
- Mile 6: 12:21
- Mile 7: 13:01
- Mile 8: 13:07
- Mile 8-8.5: 12: 30/pace
Total Distance:L 8.5 miles ran | Total Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
(with a 1.5 miles “cool down” walk home.)
I think the moral of this story is that you shouldn’t let one bad run get you down. Take the good with the bad and keep your eye on the prize. My marathon in 3 weeks away and I am going to rock it!
My body was tired and I pushed it to my limit. And there should be no reason to be down on myself for that. Today is monday, a fresh start to a new week! I’m going to rock my run tonight and finish it off with a little yoga love!
How do you deal with a “bad” run?