I landed face down on the bed. Grabbed the blanket and pulled it over my trail running shoes.
There was no other way to paint it.
That was a tough run.
I had scheduled myself out of the house for 3 hours to run. I planned to complete 15-17 miles. I ran 12.5 miles in 2 hours. It was slow. It was rickety. My muscles were sore. I was running on my bones until they ached. I used every mental trick I had in the book to stay out there for the 12.5 miles I accomplished. Until I had no more and had to sleep.
I was mentally and physically drained.
I started out in the happiest of moods. I warmed up, I stretched. I placed Gatorade and water bottles by the side of the trail for quick drink access when I passed each time. I marveled at the beauty around me.
I watched the sun rise and peek through the trees
It was a beautiful 67 degrees outside. It wasn’t cool, it was still a little humid, but great summer running weather. Or so I thought.
Things were fine for the first 7 miles. But then it happened. I felt my muscles tighten, start to seize up. They were so unnaturally sore. I began to debate the common runners training question – can I run with my eyes closed? I did pretty good for a few strides. It felt good to close my eyes. Then I started to sway. Which hurt my legs, so I stopped and kept the eyes open.
Mile 9 it hit me, “I DIDN’T EAT BREAKFAST!!!” I hit my head, did the “duh!!” while staring at a couple who were out for a morning walk. Then I added, “Good morning!” With a smile and a wave.
I could have carried water with me. I have increased the intensity of my training without adding more rest. I actually jogged 5 miles on rest day. I do not generally sleep well or for very long. When I finally stopped it was 88 degrees and more humid out.
Short of it – I need a new plan!
I love my long runs. I love having the ability to go out and run for hours at a time. That doesn’t always happen, so I truly appreciate the days that I get to get out.
Long distance running can be a delicate balance. Not only do I have to work out in the schedule when I can go, but I have to be sure to listen to the other parts of my life and body and slow down when the forces all tell me too.
And I have got to stop running on rest day!