So it was time to give the long run a chance. Wanted to see how far I can push myself. The 21km remains the longest distance I’ve run so I was curious to see what would happen after the half marathon distance :-).
Start slow and have realistic goals
I knew it was going to be a tough run, being able to refuel at the right time, not running too fast in the beginning and to just keep moving forward no matter what!
In true me fashion, I started out very slowly, after the 2km I was ready to turn around. Really had to motivate myself to keep moving. I knew once all my muscles was warmed up I would be fine for the first 10km. The idea was to run the 30km in 3hrs, ya right!…I cant even run a 10km in an 1hr…so what was I thinking…3:30 was more realistic :-).
I have to say, I was OK for the first 15km. The route was not too difficult, but there was quite few climbs, so probably not ideal for such a long run. I have ran this route during training, going further and further each time..5, 10, 15km and today it was the first attempt to go ALL THE WAY! It is amazing how powerful the mind is, I was not even going for my normal mile markers, it did not exist today. All I could see was turning into Witkoppen!
Witkoppen itself was a nice run – a bit of a killer in the end with the steep climb toward the end. At the 18km mark I could feel I was starting to struggle and took some coke and half a jel. I could feel the energy kicking in and was fine for the next 2km, just felt that the 21km mark did not want to come. I was so slow, it was so disappointing. 3hrs later and I managed to have a half marathon on my legs. I guess what was good was that I was still feeling I had energy to go further. I was so excited. Now for the real test….
It was slow and hard work. I did not hydrate enough and I could feel the effect of that. My feet started to hurt and my heels started to burn. I knew that was blisters coming if I had to work much harder. By 24km I was done, ready to call it quits! I was walking…got slower and slower and getting harder, harder to keep moving. Mentally I was fine, but my feet was hurting. At 25km I decided this is it for the day…Doing more will risk injury and I rather try a 2nd 30km run again soon, than not all.
The whole 25.6km took me 3:49. I did the first 21.1km in 3hrs…That means it took me 48mins to do 4.6km!!!! O my word :-). 10mins/km! How on earth am I going to finish my 50km race before he 7hr cut-off! Forget about qualifying for the 2 Oceans 😦 !
I have to admit though that I took todays run easy. It was good to see that at this stage I will hit the wall at about 30km. Now I can prepare a bit better for my next long run in 2weeks time. This will also be my last long run before the race. I would have wanted to have at least 2 more of these longs runs… time is not on my side.
Quote of the day
“Keeping my eye on today is about all I’m capable of. And today, I think I’ll go for a run”. John Bingham, “Back to the Future,” Runner’s World