Moving up to 13 miles for my run is easy, done the distance many times. The difficulty was doing it in zone 2. Let me remind you zone 2, for me, is in the 10:00 to 11:00 min/mile range on fresh legs. So I knew it was going to be a LONG morning.
Weather: overcast with light breeze, mid 80′s
Remembering the mistake from last week’s long run, I brought extra fluids for today’s run. (I still needed to stop for a refill) Again I started a little later than I had wanted but with the overcast skies the weather wasn’t too much of an issue. First few miles were very slow but good. The weather was very nice and a cool south breeze helped. The next few miles, taking me to Spanish River, were pretty easy, no pain/discomfort. I kept a close eye on my cadence, staying around 90, helping to lower my heart rate and establish a consistent rhythm.
I took my Oakley ThumpPros but grew bored with my playlist by the halfway point that I removed my sunglasses. As motivational as music can be sometimes when your mind is cluttered with thoughts it is more relaxing to not listen to music. Today was one of those days. The “noise” of A1A was my music.
All felt great until mile 10. The increased training volume started to show. I was not experiencing specific pain but just achiness everywhere. By mile 11 I was out of fluids and had to make a stop at a water fountain. As expected my stomach started cramping from the water. Everytime I try to drink from fountains (not my normal zephyrhills) I have issues. But since I was near the end of my run I really didn’t care.
The last 1.5 miles SUCKED!! I started to actually feel tired. This is not a normal occurrence for me. Usually I am full of energy at the end of the run, even long runs. I decided to slow down even more and just focus on completing the run. 2.5 hours later I was done with this week’s long run.
Post run activities: wringing out sweaty clothes, stretching, guzzling coconut water, recovery drink, uploading garmin data (as if I didn’t know the slow pace info), pulling out the ice packets to wear while driving to work and finally getting ready for work.
Total fatigue (sleepiness) all day. Tried green tea at work but just needed a 10 min cat nap at lunchtime. It was just a LONG day. Finished the day with 2 hours in the recovery boots hoping it will eliminate the fluid build up and muscle soreness for tomorrow.