Today I had intended on tackling a 15 mile run. I used mapmyrun.com to map out a route, I don’t know if it’s just me, but it’s not the easiest thing to use. My plan of attack when using it is to plot down a distance in one direction, on a separate piece of paper write down that distance, clear the map, and start again from the turn around point until I’ve reached the total mileage I’m going for. The reason I do it this way is because it’s finicky when you go back in the same direction you came from, freezes my computer, and it’s just annoying.
Anyway, long explanation, but I mismapped my 15 miler. I had only mapped 12. It should have occurred to me, when I reached what I thought was mile 13, my inner dialogue was going “WOW, less than 2 hours!!”. Thinking back, duh, if it took me over two and a half hours to do 14 miles two weekends ago, how could I have possibly improved my time by that much?
On the very important positive side, I’m not going to beat myself up over mismapping. This 12 mile run was an excellent run. I felt great through the whole thing, I hydrated myself, stopped for potty breaks, tried some MountainBerry Hammer Gel, sun was out, and felt strong the entire way through to the last mile.
If I felt strong, why you ask did I stop? Because I did end up tiring out towards the last mile. If I had known I was shorting myself by 3 miles I would have downed another Hammer Gel and kept going strong. This is why I NEED A GARMIN watch.
Puppy for sale = $cost of a Garmin watch. Good price, no?