I have often wondered why one week a run is just fine and the next week the same run is horrible. Sometimes I can pinpoint the reason and other times I can't.
Let's look at my last two long runs. One was 10 miles and the other was 11. So the difference in distance wasn't great but the 10 run was a great run and the 11 mile run was painfully horrible. When I finished the 10 mile run I had all kinds of energy the rest of the day. The 11 mile run's end found me bent over not sure if I was going to throw up in my kitchen, the bedroom and even the shower. Before I could continue my day I needed to lie down for a bit - with my hair still wrapped in a towel from my shower. Not dressed and cold........didn't matter. My husband asked me several times if I was okay to which I kept replying yes when that so obviously was not the real answer.
I ate before the 10 but not the 11. There's one difference. Generally my rule is I don't eat unless it's 10 or more. Oops.
I didn't hydrate for either on the run. I am MUCH better about this in hot weather. Even though it was the same for both so not the obvious cause I have to think it contributed and will carry water for my long run this coming weekend.
I was overdressed for this one and don't remember sweating so much on a run in the winter. It was colder on the 10 mile run and this wasn't a factor.
What was the biggest culprit was the footing. On the ten mile run I don't even remember if I wore YakTrax or not. Whereas on the 11 it was EXTREMELY icy and you had to watch every step for the first half of the run. I have to think this wore me out very early into the run. I was counting miles left way before half way which is never a good sign.
So I am determined to have a better run this weekend. I have 12 miles on the plan. I have no control over the weather but can't believe there will be ice like that again. I will eat first. I will carry water. I'll try not to overdress. (This is a tricky one for me.)
I'll let you know. Here's to a good long run for this coming weekend for all of us doing one.
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