Day 28: Ten, Hard
Did my longest run since the NYC Half back in March.
Took me around Prospect Park, through Park Slope, over the Gowanus Canal, past Atlantic then back to Ft Greene.
Was a nice run. Had good energy until around the the Gowanus Canal. No it wasn’t the smell of the canal but a fuel situation.
I hadn’t eaten much today. Wife made a nice breakfast but I skipped lunch and didn’t havent anything until around 5pm when we had a picnic at Prospect Park. Few empanadas, chips with guacamole.
Nice picnic and if I hadn’t had this long run it probably would have held me over for the day. But I ran. So around mile 8 I was running on empty. This was good cause I want my body to learn how to handle that. Its something we probably will face during the marathon, the dreaded “Wall”.
They say it happens around mile 20. Its when your body has burned up all the fuel you had store from carbo loading the night before. Now its force to burn up fat. A longer process. Thats why you feel your energy drain around mile 20. They call it The Wall. Best way to overcome it is train your body to learn how to efficiently burn your fat to help you push through that last 6.2.
Tonight, unplanned, was my body first test dealing with the wall. It made me feel a bit sluggish but we still pushed through. In fact when the app told me I was at mile 9 I had some more reserves and the final mile wasn’t that bad.
Overall I am very happy with my run. The course had hills, which I love, was dark and in some parts I made sure I lowered the volume until I was in an area I felt comfortable in. I didn’t want to do a late night run (started around 8:30) but wife need me to help out with my daughter.
Got my long run in the bank. Going to visit a couple buddies to pay my respect for Memorial Day. Then relax.
I earned it.