The eleven mile wall has been broken. Not plowed through like a bulldozer, but definitely roughed up a bit. This morning I ran 13.83 miles. I know, 0.83 is a silly number, but I had assumed that my RunKeeper Pro was ripping me off of mileage again and thought for sure I made it to 14. Oh well, I know in my heart that I could have finished the 0.17 to make it a full 14, I won’t fret over it.
Instead, I promised SloRunnerMom and Runnergirl33 from twitter a disco dance at mile 13!
How is it that before I leave the house I try to go to the bathroom ten times and squeeze every possible ounce of urine out of me, then at mile one I have to pee? I was fortunate enough to be going past a porta potty when the sensation began, so thank you City of Madison for keeping a porta potty on Monona Bay.
I tried my CLIF Shot at 01:27:00 YUCK! I’m pretty sure I won’t like any brand of this slimy gu energizer. It’s slimy, sticky, gooey, and actually gross. I’m glad I remembered to bring four sticks of gum with me. The worst part is that I didn’t feel that pick-me-up that I thought I would after. In fact, two-thirds of the way through the run I felt a major slump.
“I shouldn’t have registered for the marathon, my hamstrings feel like bricks, I’m never going to make it, what was I thinking, this is a mistake, I’m going to disappoint some people, $135 wasted, if I can’t make it to 13 miles how do i expect to even try for 20…” and so on…
And at 02:15:00 I had my first gulp of water and the second CLIF Shot (with caffeine). The negative parade of thoughts left me, I knew I only had a little over a mile to do, and I got some pep in my step.
Possible things that contributed to the negative thought parade:
- Should have had some water sooner
- I was on a hilly road at this point
- It was cloudy & gray out. Some sunshine might have helped
- Possibly the songs on my playlist were not upbeat enough
- Might be at the point where I need a better breakfast than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
The problem with drinking more water during the run is the having to pee factor. Porta potties aren’t always readily accessible. I do my run early in the morning, a lot of businesses that I run past aren’t open. Perhaps I should get a diaper? Or not.
I guess this is what I like about running, putting the pieces together. Everyone is different, there really is no user manual for running. I have a whole spring/summer ahead of me to overcome the dilemmas that I face during a run.