28Kms. I type again 28kms. This was a huge run for me. Unbelievably huge, considering I went 28kms two weeks ago and ended up dehydrated and useless for the rest of the day. You never read that post? Not surprised, considering that since that run I haven’t posted a thing.
Two weeks ago, I learned the difference in going for a run and training for a marathon. I ran without enough sleep, without a hydration plan, having gorged on salty foods the night before. I left a t 6:00 and ended up finishing my trek at 10:45, having walked about 6-8 kms. It was hard, it was demoralizing, it nearly did me in. It didn’t, after thinking about my failure to plan I was determined to do it right at the next opportunity.
The following two weeks included runs from 8-12 kms, no really big plan needed for those. Then came today. I had made some adjustments to my thinking after talking to some established runners. The biggest, is that it is okay to walk. Until now I was stuck on the belief that walking was failing. I had done 22 kms without walking so that had further reinforced the silly notion.
My run broke down like this. The first 9 kms took me to the Tiger Express on Northriver Rd. Then I picked up a bottle of water and walked one km. Then ran down to the Queen Charlotte Armoury where I picked up the banana and Gatorade. Then ran to where I had stashed the second half of my water bottle, ran to the Tiger Express where I walked 1 KM. After that it was the last 8 km run.
This worked really well for me. It allowed me to finish in less than 3.5 hours! Compared to my poorly planned run which I finished in close to 5 hours! Below is my route, with highlighted walking area.