Alternatively titled What not to do, the long run edition or The run that almost wasn’t
The term “long run” is relative. It’s whatever is long for you. I usually run 3-4 miles, so anything over 4.5 miles is long to me. Next weekend, I’ll be putting together my 2nd Half Marathon training plan – but in the mean time I’ve been increasing my distance a bit.
2 weeks ago, I ran my first 6-miler of the season. That went fine. Today, I did it again, but it didn’t go as well. I felt horrible! Yes, it was probably just a fluke, but I decided to compile a list of what not to do before/during your next long run.
- Stay in bed, under the warm covers and try to catch up on some blog reading – instead of getting out there first thing in the AM.
- Drink coffee, tea (Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride!), and Mountain Zevia – but NO water. None.
- Eat edamame as an afternoon snack.
- Waste more time by stopping at home before the gym (turn the Crockpot to warm, this was smart!) – feel bad about leaving cute, meowing cat.
- Make sure the gym is heated to over 75 degrees.
- Pick a sucky treadmill that seems to be dragging – move to another a few minutes in.
- Question your plan to run 6 miles 10542 times in the first mile.
- Swing your shoulders like an idiot while you run, making sure they get good and sore.
- Decide to stop at the next half mile, then decide to keep going. Repeat at least 4 times.
- At mile 2.5, realize you must go to the bathroom. Now.
- Catch glimpse of yourself in the bathroom mirror. Realize you are sweating profusely, from running a 10min/mi…after just 25 minutes.
- Gulp some water. No sipping allowed. Finish 20oz in less than a minute.
- Get back on the treadmill and plan to run a mile. Decide that 3.5 miles is plenty for today.
- Hit 3.5 miles, realize that you’re more then half done what you planned. Keep going.
- Walk a bunch of times between miles 3.5 and 6.0. Play around with the speed. Watch the clock. Question ability to run another Half.
Even though this run felt terrible while I was doing it, once the miles were complete, and I was getting in my car to go home – I realized that I was happy I stuck it out. And I’ll appreciate the next good run that much more.