Once upon a time, when I first started running, I "ran" 17 miles. It was more like I ran 6 miles outside, then when the weather got bad, I drove to the gym and ran 5 miles around the track, then did 3 miles on the treadmill, and then did another 3 of "speed work" on the track. That was the last time I attempted a distance like that, because it took so much out of me that the next week I opted to just do a half marathon. I couldn't imagine going any further.
This morning I was planning on doing 16 with Jacksonville Running Company. I run with this awesome guy named Allan, who is about the same pace, if not a little faster, as me for long runs. He's training for Chicago, so we've been doing our long runs together to push each other along. This morning we brought a lady, Dawn, along with us. We were smart and started before the sun came up. Sunrises are beautiful, but not when it means the heat is coming.
Last night I picked up a box of Salted Caramel GU. These are my all-time favorite flavor. I originally tried them because I thought the "salted" would help me refuel my electrolytes. Honestly, I don't think they do, but they taste great.
I only took one gel with me, and I had half at the 9 mile mark and the other half at the 11 mile mark. The first half of this run was okay. I knew to conserve my energy because once the sun starts beating down, it can be absolutely miserable, and it sure was today. We all ran using the Galloway method of 5 minutes running/45 seconds walking. Towards the end we were walking a lot more often, but it didn't matter because of how bad we all felt. Luckily, JRC put out a cooler at the 13 mile marker (Hey! I ran a half without a medal! Lame!) so we all chugged Gatorade.
By the time I got back to the store, my Garmin read 15.6. I decided to just do one more lap through the area, for a total of 17 miles. While my times were slower than I wanted, my goal right now is to just finish.
I've been trying to take a lesson from each long run to help me in training. This week I learned I need to start carrying Gatorade with me. I usually fill all 4 of my FuelBelt bottles with water and freeze them overnight. Freezing them makes absolutely zero difference because they're melted and hot within an hour. I'm a really salty sweater (over share: deal with it) and that's made a lot worse in the heat.
How do you take in enough electrolytes while you run? What time are you usually out for early morning workouts?
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!