Great. 19.85miles @10:09min/mile.
I decided to run the last 8 miles with the Honolulu marathon clinic today. So I started off at 5:40am, planning to complete about 10-12 miles before the group started its run. In addition, this was the first time I ran early in the morning—just wanted to make sure nothing went wrong. Breakfast was a granola cereal I picked from COSTCO.
Well, it was a terrible idea to run early in the morning. We have had very heavy trade winds and rain all through the last week, and early morning often bears the brunt of the rain. I ran the first few miles through lashing rain, skipping and jumping over puddles (and little frogs) everywhere, soaked and miserable. But as the day broke, the rain let up a little bit, and the run became nicer. I had 11 miles in the bank before the group started its run—almost perfect since the group had decided to run 8 miles.
Unfortunately, every group took too many stops for my poor legs. At some point in long runs, I guess one goes on momentum rather than any energy—it isn’t really easy to keep stopping and going. Therefore, I did not stop at water stops. Instead I would leave a group behind when they stopped for water and chase the next one ahead—or run a few small loops around, fitting in a tenth of a mile in the minute or so it took for a water break.
The above few sneak detours meant that I ran a little more than 8 miles, and I was at 19.35 when the others finished. I ran on a little further till the trail end, bringing the total up to 19.85. Good enough, and I was done donadone! Last monster long run over!!!!!!!
As I had expected, this was far easier than the 18 miler I did a couple of weeks back. At mile 20, I was actually feeling pretty good, and I would have happily run on longer if need be.
I was not even sore after this run, and more generally, no trouble at all barring the weather. For electrolytes, the Nuun tablets I used in water helped greatly. I finished all 10 dates I had with me—for the race day, I will budget 12 for the first 20 miles, and 6 more for the last 10k.
On race day, I will replicate my breakfast menu from today. So, I guess I will pack the Granola cereal, dates and Nuun tablets with me when I fly out to Big Sur. There will be more added to the packing list as I plan out the trip over the next couple of weeks.