12 miles are DONE.
The BF and I were supposed to go together this morning, but as has become tradition with us, neither of us managed to talk the other into getting up so we kept sleeping. After all the fun at the baseball game yesterday it was probably best to sleep a little bit longer.
Anyways…I was about to get started with my day, when I just suddenly decided to get my ass out and run. It felt pretty great at first, but the heat and humidity started getting to me. I hadn’t eaten anything before I left (except one gel)…had my hydration belt with me, and was definitely keeping hydrated.
Reached a pretty dark place around mile 5 and just really wanted to be back home, I was just over it…the gels weren’t sitting well in my stomach and I was feeling barfy a lot of the time. But then I decided that since I was so close to being halfway and my pace was already not what I wanted, I might as well just keep going and walk when I need to and get the miles in.
So thats what I did…whenever I started to get overheated (which was often) I just slowed down and walked until I felt fine again. Drank water every time I walked…I think I refilled the belt 2 times, which is a lot more than I usually drink when running (I don’t think I even refilled it that much when I was doing long runs for marathon training).
Now I’m home and tired and VERY sweaty (Daisy is helping to clean me up a bit)…but as predicted, I’m super happy with myself for getting out and doing it, even if it did kind of suck.
I realized that its not about being able to finish the 1/2 marathon next weekend, I already know I can do it…and its not about training to getting a PR, since I think chances of that are pretty low given its going to be hot that day (although you NEVER know)…it was really about following through and committing to what I set out to do, and I did it.
12.01 miles in 2:23:03…11:55 pace (managed to keep it under 12!!)