Training for the NYC marathon (11/2/2014) had me looking into various marathon training plans. They all seemed to concur. I would need to run 14 miles today.
14 miles is 9/10 of a mile longer than any run I’ve done in the last 15 years. My mind was convinced that 9/10 of a mile is a monumental leap in distance. Can I run this distance, solo, in the heat of the summer? I don’t run with tunes….only those tunes that come and go in my head. Below is a summary of how my mind and body worked out these details….
- Wake up: 6AM. 1/2 hour later than I hoped. It is too late to depart the house by 6:30AM. Will just enjoy a light breakfast and few sips of coffee. Maybe extra water is a good idea.
- Depart for the run: 7AM. It is already warmer than I would like. I am carrying extra water. Will need to adjust my route so that I can refill water bottles
- Mile 1: Already drank most of the water from my extra 16 oz water bottle. hmmm. Thinking about more adjustments to my route so that I can refill water earlier than expected
- Mile 2: Don’t really have my route fully planned…this is all spontaneous. I’m not even sure I’ll make the full 14 miles today – though it would be nice to break that 13.1 mile barrier. The song Devil with the Blue Dress plays incessantly in my mind.
- Mile 3: I’m opting to run wherever I can find shade. I’m only at mile 3 and drenched with sweat
- Mile 4: I read somewhere that it is “OK” to stop and sip on water when running in the heat. That is exactly what I am doing. A 30 second stop really helped me to cool down.
- Mile 5: Still unsure if I will make 14, and adding a lot of neighborhood roads completely unplanned. Junk miles…just putting in the miles and time.
- Mile 6: I have enough water to maybe make 2 more miles. At that point will need water to continue.
- Mile 7: Running in a sunny section and thinking maybe 9 is all I can complete today
- Mile 8: Stop at the local Safeway supermarket – and take a breather in the air conditioning. Fill up all my water bottles. Leave the Safeway and realize that I just drank 1/2 the water in one of my water bottles – so go back inside and top it off
- Mile 9: Feeling much better with knowing that I have a nice supply of water again. Focusing on my footwork. Maybe I can do more than 9 miles
- Mile 10: Took a new side street and not sure where it is going. Hoping all the dogs are on leashes. They are 😉 There seems to be plenty of shade – so I follow the road until it dead ends.
- Mile 11: Wow – I think I will make 14 today. I just need to mentally figure out my map so that I get home when the GPS tells me 14.
- Mile 12: I am on a route heading back toward home. If my mental mile calculator is right – I have 2 miles to go. I look at the GPS often now. Not for time…just to check the distance.
- Mile 13: Focus on self preservation – knees are feeling OK, feet are OK….and trying to stay light on my stride
- Mile 14: Closing in on returning to home. Looking at my GPS watch a lot!
- Finish 14.2 miles – WOW!! Broke the 13.1 barrier. Time to sit down. Enjoy some A/C and rehydrate.
Feeling good, very hungry and a little tired. I decide that my next long run – will include a buddy (or 2)!