I wasn't a smart runner today. I was starving and so thirsty! I set out to do 16 miles down in Philly at Kelly Drive. Well, when I woke up I was praying Abby had texted me an cancelled. But, she didn't. On I went. The thought of doing a loop, then turning around and running back seemed mentally good to me, so I planned to meet Abby who was doing around 12-14. She brought her friend Bess and we met at 8:30 at Lloyd Hall and were off. There was a 5k race down there this morning and a regatta so it was busy! We started off at a quick sub 9 pace and held that for a bit. It felt fine, but I knew I couldn't hold that pace. After about 3-4 miles, I started to lag behind. I was definitely slowing them down! At around the halfway point, I turned to finish my 16 and Abby and Bess kept going to complete their 12-14. I had a vanilla bean GU and shortly after started to experience stomach pains. I drank my one water bottle in about 3 sips. I definitely did not have enough water, and didn't realize all the fountains were off or taken out for the winter which was very sad.
I took several walk breaks and my pace was REALLY slow. The first 1/2 was around 8:45 average and in the end my average was over 10, so I REALLY slowed! Around mile 12-13 I was really really thirsty. I ran past the regatta, our school had a tent, and at least it kept my mind off the running while I looked for any students that I knew - didn't see any. My knees were also bothering me - this is very bad. With 2 miles left my shoulders started hurting (damn Jillian workout that I did yesterday - I love how she says "I WANT YOU TO FEEL LIKE YOU ARE GOING TO DIE." Awesome!) With about 1.5 miles to go I hoarded the bag of sport beans that I had and was dreaming of water. Stupid stupid me. I had to go back out 1/4 mile to make it to 16 miles since the course is 7.75ish each lap. I finally finished and was so happy to be done! I chugged the bottle of water in my car and couldn't wait to get home for more. I ate a powerbar immediately!! And when I got home, I hoarded food all day long. I wasn't as dead as I was last week, and didn't have to pass out during the afternoon as I did last week on a bed that wasn't even made.
I'm a bit nervous if my knees will hold up in 4 weeks. I think I just need to run slowly and stretch well for the next 4 weeks!
This week 40.6 miles
Today's run 16 miles/2:44:46/10:18
* Thank you for all of your experiences and advice on my big upcoming decision!