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? 

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