Ran my first ever 16.25 miles / 26.1Km in 2:59:48 at an avg pace of 11:04/mile. And I learned the following;
- I was actually able to run it without stopping or walking.
- That’s a long way to run!
- GEL Packs really do help.
- 20oz of water isn’t nearly enough; I’ll need a 2nd container when I run this distance.
- GEL Packs make you want to gag and you need lots of water to wash them down.
- California Bike Riders are going to be rude.
- If you still have 2 miles to go to get home after running the 16 miles; keep running because when you stop its hard to walk.
- Ice packs are your friend
- If there is a bike race on the same route you are running, consider changing your route. See #6.
I ended up starting my run at 5:45AM it was just getting light and it was overcast. Its was so beautiful in the morning, it was Sunday I was pretty much alone for the first hour; just the occasional runner passing by. About an hour into my run hundred of bikes started zipping past me in the opposite direction. But of course they wanted to ride on both sides of the path even though its clearly marked with the direction of travel by painted arrows on the pathway. A number of them found some sort of joy racing past me within inches. I tried not to let it bother me too much.
When I got to the 9 mile mark I tuned around and went back the other direction. This was an out and back route. I miss calculated my distance and so ending up having to hobble the two miles home after I reached my 16 mile goal. Had I know how much it was going to hurt when I stopped running I would have elected to run the additional 2 miles home and mad my run an 18 mile run vice a 16 mile run. Oh well I know better for next time and Oh one more thing;
10. I LOVE TO RUN!