I had to get in a long run this weekend since I’m (ha-ha) training for my half marathon at the end of February.
I did it. 9 miles in 1:53:11. NO WALKING!!
To say I am proud and feeling a little cocky is an understatement!
Miles 1-4 I felt GREAT. I’m talking GREAT. I didn’t have to worry about hunters (I ran on the dirt roads near my house) because I was singing with my IPOD so I knew I wouldn’t be shot.
The end of mile 5 was fine, too, because of my friend called the DOWNHILL.
So you can probably guess what happened at mile 6. Yep, the enemy-UPHILL himself. OMG! Mile 7, too. But I didn’t give up. Miles 8 and 9 I wasn’t “hurting”, but I.WAS.TIRED.
Look at mile 9. Yep. Now I know how a horse feels when they sense they are returning to the barn. They run fast!
THE AFTER EFFECTS:
Seriously thought I was going to throw up when I stopped running.
Ate a banana and drank a tank of water.
Then it hit me. I hadn’t fueled properly. See for breakfast I ate some peanut butter cheerios and a greek yogurt. Yum. I didn’t eat lunch because I went running around 11:45 am. Uh-oh. I DID eat this little gummy energy gel. WOW. It must have worn off after mile 4.
Took a shower, posted my accomplishment, and took a little nap. Little might not be the best adjective to describe that nap. Woke up at 4:30-went out to eat at 5. THANK.GOD.
Now it’s 7:15 pm, and I feel good!
Let me back up for a minute-my calves NEVER hurt during this run! They usually have flames coming out of them.
My 2 big toes started hurting, and my back ached a little.
Now I’m just tired. Headed to bed to peruse the internet and read. It was a great run!
What’s your longest run? How did you feel after your FIRST really long run? Any advice or suggestions?