The first 10 miles of my run this morning were a dream. Cruising at just under 8 minute mile pace, I felt absolutely amazing. Fluid, strong, and relaxed. Then right around mile 10, I started fading fast. I was getting really thirsty and my legs started to feel really heavy. My head was feeling heavy too, and no matter how hard I tried to push myself, I just kept slowing down. Definitely not a pleasant feeling, especially after the euphoria of the first 10 miles.
Fortunately, I know why it got so crappy at the end, or at least I have a pretty good idea:
1. My dinner wasn't exactly loaded with good carbs: roasted broccoli and spinach frittata. Plus a few bites of brownie, which isn't exactly great running fuel.
2. My breakfast was smaller than usual, and I didn't drink much water with it
3. I didn't bring a water bottle, even though it was sunny and much warmer than it has been for any of my other runs lately.
So of course I realize all this after the fact, but it was a really good reminder that I need my water bottle on runs over 10 miles, espcially when it's warm.
Anyway, the rest of the week...didn't get off to a great start. I had a fever Tuesday and called in sick to work, and still felt pretty crappy on Wednesday. My first workout of the week wasn't until Thursday!
LA is approaching fast, and my long runs for the next 5 weeks will be 19, 21, 15, 10, then MARATHON! I'll only have 3 16+ mile runs, but I don't think I did much more than that for CIM in 2008 and I still managed to PR by 27 minutes, so we'll see!
Thursday - 6.5 miles
Friday - 30 Day Shred Level 2
Saturday - 3 miles
Sunday - 12.35 miles (8:27/mile)
Total - 21.85 miles