This is the first time I have ever missed going to a Veterans Day service; normally I’m at one of the Veterans Parks by 11:00. I’m was really conflicted about choosing to do a 20 mile practice run over attending the service but in the end I figured that my veteran brothers would understand.
Its not often I get the opportunity to run in the light of day and have a long enough time span to run that far. I’d never ran more then 18 miles so the 20 mile run marks a new distance achievement for me and a little taste of how my body is going to react in the Marathon.
It was supposed to be an out and back run down the Silver Stand bike path but at the 9 mile point the path was closed with no way around the construction without running into traffic on the highway, the dirt by-pass was flooded. So my run ended up being out, back, past, and back which was okay except that caused the last 3 miles to be all hills; something that played with my mind.
I ran out of water at 16 miles so I did a slight re-route to pick-up water at the Otay River Park; this was the only other stop I made on the run, the first stop was at 7 miles at Silver Strand Beach to use the restroom. I only brought 2 GEL packs with me downing the fist 8 miles and the second at 15. My muscles started to cramp and stomach ached at the 12 mile mark and then again near the end of my run; so i’m thinking three GEL packs would be the minimum for a 20 mile run and maybe 4 for a Marathon. I do plan on trying Tailwind nutrition packs that The Tormented Tortoise told me about, seems, from the website anyhow, way more appetizing and fuller nutrition then anything I’ve seen so far.
When I hit the 20 mile mark I was just a few yards from the front door of my house; I’m pretty sure I could have gone further, how much further not really sure I was pretty well spend when I hit the 20. So here are the results;
20.02 miles in 4:04 hours with an average pace of 12:13 minutes/mile might have been a little better if I didn’t have to deal with the hills but not much. I was hoping to have run better times but I’m okay with what I did. At least I know I’ll be able to keep ahead of the pacers at the race (I hope)