So after having a so-so performance at the peachtree RR on Friday, I had to be up early again on Saturday to meet the group for a 12 mile run. I was a little tired, but my legs felt fine. My plan was to try and make these really easy miles and stay back with the group. My goal was to get through the 12 miles, and still be able to do Sunday's long ride. I couldnt seem to find a good pace. My brain kept saying slow down, but my legs kept saying pick it up. I found myself walking at times just to force myself to slow down. All together, I would average a 9:50 pace. I probably shouldve slowed it down to a 10 or 10:15 pace. My paces were all over the place
I couldnt seem to find one pace that worked for me. The course ended up being over 13 miles. At 12.25 miles, I went ahead and walked the rest of the way. I almost decided to pick it up. I had looked at my Garmin and realized I could've broken my Half Marathon PR in that run. Then I came to my senses and realized that with auto-pause, It may not have actually been a PR. It had taken over 5 minutes to regroup our early group and the later group.
The good news is I had no stomach issues. I am almost certain it was the aleve that made me nauseous.
I really need to work on my hydration planning for the long training runs. I went through my 4 bottles of water by mile 8. luckily, one of the girls had not used all her bottles and offered me some gatorade.I am thinking about resorting to using my 2 liter camelback. I also need to get more electrolytes into me on those long sweaty runs. The gels just do not seem to provide enough. By the end of the run, besides being super thirsty, I was craving salt.
By Saturday evening, I knew there was no way I was going to be able to do the group ride on sunday. When I woke this morning, I was so tired and sore, there was no way. I barely made it through a 1500 meter easy swim in the pool.
Hopefully I will be well rested by tomorrow.
They have started posting the Peachtree Road Race pics.
Mine can be seen Here. I am glad I wore the tri top. I may even order pictures this year