18 mile FAIL!

I guess I’m officially making this a cut back week.  I was supposed to do 18 miles today.  I decided to try it on my own, rather than with the group because I knew I needed extra sleep and shouldn’t get up early for the group run.  Ended up sleeping in until 7:30 (so 9 hours of sleep) which was MUCH needed after 5 hours a night for basically the past week.

The 18 miler ended up being a complete fail.  I only got in 13 miles.  9:15 average pace, but it’s worse than it sounds.  The last 4 or 5 miles my pace was high 9:xx, even a 10:xx.  I took 3 gels even.  But just completely hit the wall.  Had zero energy.  Had a side ache.  Had poor posture/weak core.  And, for the first time in a long time (years?) I couldn’t even finish running.  I stopped garmin at 13 miles, but was still 1/2 mile from home so I walked. I tried to start running again, but literally could not run another step, so ended up walking home.  And crying.  Ugggg.

Rather than try for 18 miles tomorrow, I’m just officially declaring this a cut back week.

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, with my ultra poor sleep the past week, working non-stop (12 – 15 hour work days every day), and eating poorly (basically living on nutrition bars and coffee so I didn’t have to take time out of my work day for meals).  I know I need to do a better job of taking care of myself during busy work times.  I think if I had focused on eating/hydrating better all week today’s run would have been different.  Probably would have had more energy to get the work that I needed to get done accomplished as well.  Lesson learned.  (And I’ll get to apply it lots in the coming months, which look crazy busy at work).

Moving forward, not looking back.

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3 Responses to 18 mile FAIL!

  1. Kara says:

    Ah, I hate those soul crushing runs! We’ve all been there. You’ll love that next run that feels good even better!

  2. Terzah says:

    It happens to all of us, especially under the kinds of circumstances you describe for your past week. You did the right thing by catching up on some sleep–and 13 miles is a *good* long run for a cutback week. You’ll be back, no worries.

  3. Kristy says:

    if it makes you feel any better, my 20-miler this morning sucked. my breath was off (not sure why) and i got dehydrated. the last 3 miles were painful! then, when i got in my car, my legs ached and throbbed. terrible. i can’t remember feeling this awful during and after a 20-miler.

    we have plenty of LRs left in our training plan!!!!

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