So take some tips on "what not to do" courtesy of my suck-fest long run on Sunday.
- Fail to hydrate the day and night before, especially in the summer. When it's hot as hades out.
- Even better, have a couple of beers with dinner. That'll help the hydration process. They're wet, right??
- Stay up really late (ok 11pm is really late for this girl, sue me) with your honey bunny hanging out watching TV.
- Decide to set your alarm for 6:30am instead of 5am.
- Finally get out out of bed at 6:45, eat breakfast, and then crawl back into bed for just 5 minutes of snuggling before your long run starts.
- Bonus failure points if your loved one and pug sandwich you in a snuggling cocoon, forcing you to fall back asleep.
- Finally FINALLY get out of bed at 8:30am. Don't bother eating breakfast again.
- Quickly drink a bunch of water, because UH OH it's warm out.
- Extra points for sloshy stomach.
- Leave for your ~3 hour summer long run at 9:45am.
- Forget to apply sunscreen (it would've sweated right off, let's be serious).
- Bike 30 miles, fairly vigorously 2 days before. Fail to do any sort of shakeout run between the long ride and long run.
- Don't foam roll either.
- Only bring the minimum amount of GUs along.
I think that about covers it. Luckily I started off the run at a casual 10:30-10:40 pace, so I was smart there. But as the temps increased, and the shade disappeared my pace crept up to the 11-11:15 pace. During the last two miles my heart was beating so erratically, I was forced to walk/jog to let it calm down, which really slowed my pace down.
Ollie has been instructed to punch me in the nose with her paw next time I try to delay my long run. We'll see how that goes.