I started out by waking to my alarm and laughing…yeah right it is time to get up! Sure enough it was! I had had a late night because of a rehearsal at another school in which I was helping. Got to bed about 11pm. AND I am sick. AND it was pouring rain.
Then I was still just a little concerned that I had pushed things just hard enough of Thursday that I may not be able to make it today.
Some of the group started at 4:30 am and did six miles when I met up with them for the next 10 miles. The run went all around Winter Park and it was fantastic! Great pace, great conversations, beautiful weather (no longer raining). Great experiences included running around some lakes, running down Park Avenue at around 6:15 am…no one around, very quite, and very posh! (if you know Park Avenue in Winter Park you know what I mean).
After our 10 mile loop we said good by to most of the group, including Ed our pace keeper and coach, and then there were only four of us doing the last few miles together. Stephanie, Wendy, Emily (I just met Emily on this run) and myself. Stephanie was only going to stick with us for another two miles and head back while Wendy and Emily were going to complete the last 4 miles. Wendy actually started out with the 4:30 group and was finishing 20 miles! She didn’t look it in the least…extremely strong finish for her. She said that she had done 20 miles once before but it had been a while. My finishing pace was around 10:30 which I was very pleased with. I had not run 14 miles without walk breaks before (I had been doing the Galloway method before marathonfest).
I did some experimenting this time with a different way to fuel. I used the GU gummies that I prefer (peach tea flavor which is my current favorite). Instead of wolfing down a complete serving of gummies (about 4) I ate only one every two miles. Two things happened. One, my stomach seemed very happy the whole run, and two, my energy was very even the whole run. I had no lulls in my energy level at all….mind you it was only 14 miles and I have felt fine on other equal distances but still. I had read this suggestion on some website, either runner’s world or run addicts.
The other thing I did on this run was talk with another runner, Seth, about ultra marathons. He is an avid ultra runner and I thought it would be a nice time to pick his brain about getting into the activity. He offered a lot of great advice and mentioned that I should think about doing a 50K rather than a 50 miler. He said that it was longer than 26.2 but was not as big of a jump to 50 miles. He mentioned that after that race I could look into running for 40 miles and then tackle 50. Great advice! Things I had not thought about yet.
Here it is now, 2:36 pm, and I am still pumped from the run this morning. I actually want to get out and do more…but I have to take it easy. I want to build rather than over due! Slow and steady wins the race. So for today….my legs have stopped running….but alas my nose has only continued! The theme for today now is: A river runs through it!