I had several days of heavy running. I feel really good about it. I discovered much about my body, my running, and my emotions. I had a great experience doing all of these runs. Extra special though was the LOOOOOOOONG one. I of course LOVE those long runs. I mean, sometimes I don’t look forward to them but they are so good for me I think. I have to concentrate and push and step and walk and run and eat and drink and do it all again and again. Pain comes heavy, easy , then nothing, then elated joy and amazement, then back do boredom, and on and on. As many of you have read my knee has been bothering me. I have never been injured. I am still not injured thank GOD. And for some odd reason I don’t push if I think I am about to be injured which has saved my running life many times. This wisdom is contrary to my normal obsessive desires but I have such a desire to be a life long runner that I don’t want to jeapordize my future in running. Not that I have a future competitively but I want to be able to run looooong in to the future you know what I mean. It is an important activity for mind and soul and body for me. Here is a picture of my knee and where it hurts. Then I will tell you about my 20 miler turned 14 and then my 40 miler.
So there is my knee. HA! I thought I did not have really hairy legs. Weird. Anyway, on Saturday night after work I had scheduled a 20 mile long run. I headed out and my knee hurt from the start. It does not hurt real bad but I know that my knee is there if that makes any sense. I had a couple of fast spurts across the street and a jump up to a curb that hurt VERY bad. This caused alarm in my little heart and I called it short at 14 miles so that I did not do any damage that would hinder my ability to run 40 the next day. Basically, I knew I could have finished the run if I shortened up my stride, went slower, and babied it but I did not want to chance it because the 40 is the staple of my running diet for the 100 mile race prep. So on to today. I got up at 7 a.m. I had a fabulous mental and emotional break through. It was exhilarating. I was so happy to realize the things that I realized. I felt totally liberated for the moment so I figured that would be a good time to go tackle the mental and physical trials of a 40 miler. Once again, I headed out and my knee hurt right away. It hurt a little more than the day before but I shortened up my stride and slowed it down a bit like I realized I could. One step after the next, I made it to the marvelous moment at 1:54 into the run. THAT IS RIGHT. YOU HEARD ME RIGHT. I RAN IN A BIT OF PAIN FOR 1 HOUR AND 54 MINUTES BEFORE THE JOY CAME. AT 1:54 ALL MY KNEE PAIN WENT AWAY. NO MORE. IT WAS GREAT. I proceeded to keep on keeping on until I reached home at the 41.5 mile mark. I had to go that extra 1.5 just to put a middle finger up to my current life events. I also went that extra 1.5 as a show of gratitude for those same life events. I hate them but I appreciate them. Does that make sense to you guys.
BIG MISTAKE OF THE DAY
I drink hammer nutrition perpetuem for my calories and hydration during my longer runs. I usually use the orange flavor. No problems at all. This time I only had the delicious flavor of LATTE. It tastes great but it has caffeine. Lots of it. So image drinking like a four shot every hour for 8 hours straight. I almost had a fit out there. At the 6.5 hour mark I could not take anymore in. It was just to much caffeine for me and I have a HIGH tolerance as it is. By the time I hit the 7 hour mark I was collapsing bad. No water, no calories, and still running. At the 38 mile mark I was dizzy, just about to throw up, and barely making it. I did make it though. I kept on. Readjusted. One foot in front of the other until I finished. Then I had a king size fast break candy bar. MMMMMM.
Total miles: 41.5
Total calories burned: 6,528
Total calories eaten: 2,080 (not enough)
Total hydration: 147 ounces
I was victorious again. I only have 27 days until the starting line of my 100 miler.