Okay, that’s a bit dramatic. But it did save the last bit of my 15-miler today!
Why? Because here’s some rather obvious advice: don’t set out on a 2+ hour run on an empty stomach.
Seriously. I’m such an idiot sometimes. I’ve been running for years and I know this. Yet this morning – after lingering in bed until the very last second – I headed out the door, eyed the Clif bar on the counter and thought, I probably should. And then: eh, I’m not hungry. It’s only 15 miles. I’ve got a Gu. I’ll be fine.
Three miles up through Chelsea and Midtown to Central Park, and I felt great. Met up with Megan and meandered around the road loop and the Bridle Path, chatting and watching the NYC Tri racers on the home stretch of their run. After a few more miles, we grouped up with a handful of teammates and looped the Bridle again. I still felt awesome: mellow pace, great conversation, shady Bridle path…the minutes ticked by quickly and easily. At some point around the 1:20 mark we took a quick water break and I realized my tummy was kinda rumbly.
Hmm. About that Clif Bar on the kitchen counter.
I ate my Gu, figuring that would be good enough, and we continued along.
Over the next 30 minutes, things went slowly downhill. I was kinda tired. My stomach felt gross. But still, chatting with the girls was a nice distraction, and I figured I could tough it out for a couple more miles. At the next water stop, however, I started to feel headachy and a little woozy.
“You guys,” I said. “I think I’m done.” And at that point, I really thought I was. I’d gone 1:50 in 90* heat – good enough. Feeling shaky and a little dizzy, I bid the girls farewell and shuffled back to the outer road loop to buy a Gatorade or something before making my way to the subway.
A Gatorade. Or…a popsicle!
A rainbow popsicle. Oh. My. God. This popsicle was possibly the best thing I’ve ever eaten. I think I even closed my eyes while eating it. Seriously, I wished it were three feet long. In that moment of rapture, I’m pretty sure I would have traded my unborn children for another one.
After resting in the shade with my popsicle for a couple of minutes, I felt like a new woman. So I picked myself up, tossed the wrapper in the trash, and ran the last 30 minutes as I’d planned to.
Those last three-ish miles weren’t anything to write home about – slow and kinda painful. But I did them. 2:20 total running time and somewhere in the neighborhood of 15+ miles. All on a Gu and a rainbow popsicle.
Coincidentally, on our run Megan and I were chatting on the subject of running nutrition and fuel and I was saying that I needed to get better about it. Um, yeah, ya think?
All in all, a great run – even in spite of the late-game meltdown. I love having teammates to train with – so much easier and more fun than logging long miles alone.
Next time, however, I’ll definitely eat breakfast.
Today’s EAT: I’ve been oddly not hungry at all today. Long runs do that to me sometimes – I don’t feel sick or anything, but food just isn’t appealing. When I got home I forced myself to munch on some fruit and cheese, a slice of pizza and some shredded wheat.
After an afternoon nap, however, things turned around and I was suddenly ravenous. The cure? A cheeseburger from Five Guys. Nothing fancy – just ketchup and mustard. The hubs always goes nuts with the toppings when we go to Five Guys – onions, mushrooms, all sorts of other stuff mashed in there. Not me. I like my burgers pretty simple.
Today’s DRINK: Red red wine!
Cheap wine, cute label, fairly decent. This Red Truck Pinot Noir is nothing special, but alright for the price. It’s kinda sweet and mild – I think it’d be a good red wine to serve to someone who doesn’t really like red wine.
Today’s RUN: 15 miles today on top of 8 at yesterday’s race made for a pretty decent mileage weekend – especially considering that last weekend I couldn’t run at all because of my Achilles! Thankfully aside from a little tightness in the calves, everything felt fine today. Good riddance, injury!
Total for the week: 37 miles. Not bad considering I only ran five days!
Today’s QUESTION: What do you put on your burger – whether beef, turkey, veggie or otherwise? Are you a plain jane or a topping-whore? I am definitely a plain jane, but I do like lots and lots of ketchup 🙂