This morning was experiment with gels, walking throug water breaks, and post run meals. Oh, and I did 8 miles, too. :)
3:15 am - Alarm goes off (need to leave by 3:45)
3:45 - actually get out of bed after 3 snooze procedures
4:15 - depart for Memorial Park
4:45 - arrive at park and change shoes
5:00 - begin 8 mile run
7:08 - complete run and depart
This turned out to be a pretty good schedule only I was 30 minutes behind from the very beginning. Darn snooze!
So, 8 miles, a season distance PR and 1 mile off lifetime distance PR. Splits:
Total distance: 8 miles Total time: - 2:10:23
Avg pace - 16:17 min/mile
Avg HR - 153 (75% HRreserve)
Mile 1 - 15:55
Mile 2 - 15:55
Mile 3 - 16:48 (bathroom break, Gel break, water/gatorade stop)
Mile 4 - 16:44 (overran the 3 mile mark and turned around, shower break, water break)
Mile 5 - 15:55 (water break)
Mile 6 - 16:45 (water break, gel break. water/gatorade stop)
Mile 7 - 17:18 (shower stop, 3x1 minute walk breaks, water stop)
Mile 8 - 15:00 (finished strong)
Not very tough mentally this morning, IMO. I think I really could have benefited from running with someone today. So many runners passing by but I felt a little lonely out there this morning. It was a long 2+ hours. Still, it gave me some time to think. Mentally, mile 7 was the toughest. I think I was saving something for the last mile or something. I took 3, 1-minute walk breaks. I wasn't really out of breath and my HR was low, about 75% HRreserve. I was just tired. Not making excuses because I'm happy with my run but The 4 and a half hours' sleep and the poor nutrition on the Saturday fishing trip probably played a factor.
On a good note, I think the run could have been worse if it weren't for the experimental substances that I partook of during the run. I had my first gel about 45 minutes into my run. At that time, I was feeling kind of tired, almost like a mini-bonk! Not long after the gel and some gatorade/water that I stashed on the hood of my car, I felt rejuvenated. Mile 4 had it's minor problems just after taking the gel. I actually missed my turnaroud so that added about 15 seconds to the split. Also, I stopped at the shower and cooled off and then stopped at the waterfountain just at the end of the mile 4. But mile 5 felt really good. I could tell the gel was helping. In fact, I walked through a water break on mile 5 at the Memorial Dr. crosswalk and still had a 15:55. The intent of the remainder was to just finish and get to my easy recovery week. I finished the last mile pretty strong. It felt good but it hurt. Not the lungs som much. I was just tired.
All in all it was a great morning. I learned a little about carb supplements. I think I'll take my first at about 30 minutes next time. I had lowfat chocolate milk for a post run meal. I chafed in some places I haven't chafed before. So, that's one for the logs