Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sweet Sixteen!

Happy Tuesday! 
Well, I would love to say, my 16 miles I did on Thursday was complete magic! It was not. 
What was magic, was a sweet Lucy Activewear half zip, the company sent me to marathon train in! Thursday's long run was my first real chance to use it since it's been very warm! Review is forthcoming. . .

See the fuel belt on me? I had two eight ounce bottles on it, not all four. This was my first mistake!! I didn't realize how HOT it was outside. but I was running on the midtown greenway which is open, unshaded and blacktop. So, with the sun on my back and not enough water on me or in me, I set out! 

My half way point was Minnetonka Boulevard on the Cedar Lake Trail, it was a simple route, out on the Midtown Greenway, to Cedar Lake Trail and turning around here at the Minnetonka bridge with a big sign! 

Feeling ok in this picture, a little slow in my pace, but that's ok, slow and steady wins the race, after all I have never gone 16 miles before! But I was JUST shy of my 10 mile PR when I turned around at my 8 mile mark. 

I had a coconut cream Lara Bar on the run and quickly ran out of my water! 

I was not hungry or feeling too low on energy, but a friend reminded me as well that I didn't take any energy shot blocks with me, which I usually do! Needless to say, with low energy, no water and a hot day running in the sun, I had a HARD, dehydrated last 4-5 miles that ended in a number of little walking breaks and a major quad cramp that had me limping and lasted all night. 

At first I thought that I had pulled something when I (foolishly) continued to run/walk the last  4+ miles, but soon realized it was deydration. It didn't take me very long to realize, but by the time I did, it was of course too late. You know that saying, by the time you are thirsty, it's too late.  

Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. Dehydration can be caused by losing too much fluid, not drinking enough water or fluids, or both. Vomiting and diarrhea are common causes.
Infants and children are more susceptible to dehydration than adults because of their smaller body weights and higher turnover of water and electrolytes. The elderly and those with illnesses are also at higher risk.
Dehydration is classified as mild, moderate, or severe based on how much of the body's fluid is lost or not replenished. When severe, dehydration is a life-threatening emergency.
Dry or sticky mouth
Low or no urine output; concentrated urine appears dark yellow
Not producing tears
Sunken eyes
Markedly sunken fontanelles (the soft spot on the top of the head) in an infant
Lethargic or comatose (with severe dehydration
After taking in A LOT of fluids and nursing a wicked case of chapped lips, I felt ok about my run. It was a challenge, I should have had much more water with me, but over all, I ran it and I finished it. In all honesty If I would have kept up my pace, I would have finished a full marathon in about 4:30:00 which isn't a goal of mine, but it would have been a great finishing time for a first marathon, so I don't feel bad about my 16 mile pace or time. 
I will be much more prepared for this weekends long run, looking at 18 miles and SO happy to be able to run with a group this time!! I am sure It will go better. 
What has been your biggest challenge on a long run? 
DO you prefer them alone or with a group? 


Tricia said...

It's taken me FOREVER to figure out what fueling works best for me on long runs. For my most recent 18miler I GU'd at miles 4,8 and then had 1/2 a pb sandwich at mile12, then gu at 16. A LOT there, but it helped BIG TIME with energy levels

Megan said...

You look awesome in that first picture! Love it!!!

I think my biggest challenge was figuring out a water/fuel situation, but I probably thought about it waaaaaay too much and had too many ideas and wasn't sure what to try. I know you'll use this as a learning experience for next time. Can't wait to hear how 18 goes!

Bree said...

There is actually a new water fountain along the trail at the south end of Aquila park. I am not sure if it's been turned off for the winter or not yet. There is also a fountain about 1.5 miles further up the trail at Dakota park if you wanted to make the loop!

Anyway, congrats on your long run. I am sure we have crossed paths a few times as I run on the Greenway/Cedar Lake trail a few times a week!

My Life and Running said...

Wow, glad you finished, but you definitely need more water! :) My rule is around 20oz per hour (alternate between sports drink and water). Have you tried gels? Might be easier to digest on runs than solid food?

Funny, my worst run *ever* was my very first 16 miler for my first marathon. I did an 8mi loop twice and had a heat index of about 105*. I remember passing a fire station at mile 14 and seriously considering asking them if they'd take me home. ;) The marathon was leaps easier than that run!

Mary said...

Thanks for all the supportive words you guys, it means a lot to me and is a HUGE help! I am so glad you guys read and come around! LOVE the blog runner support!

Bagus @ Workout Apparel said...

Mary, You are inspiring me :) I love run but just only for my sunday morning. My last run about 3 miles..

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