Sunday, April 10, 2005

Then god is seven

Distance: 7 miles
Speed: 10.71 minutes/mile
Weight: ?
Music: the shouting of crew dads

First, a confession: I didn't run the full 7 miles. I had to walk for a little over 30 seconds (yes, I timed myself) after about 3 miles. "But you've run over 3 miles before, Theresa," you're probably saying. True. I'm not sure what went wrong, but I have a couple of hunches:

1. It might have only been in the 70s, but it felt like it was about 90°. I was sweating profusely, and when I was running facing the sun, I thought my face was going to melt off like the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Could be because I was running in pants. If your legs were as pasty as mine, you'd be loath to wear shorts, too.

2. Egg Beaters®, toast, and coffee may not be enough fuel for running several miles outdoors 5 hours later. And apparently, cramming water works about as well as cramming for a test. I felt dehydrated and hungry less than halfway through my run.

3. Pace. I thought I was running too slowly, but it turns out I was running about a minute/mile faster than my "comfortable" pace. So much for slow and steady.

I'm feeling pretty crappy about not being able to run the full 7 miles, but hopefully, if I focus on clothing, nourishment/hydration, and pace, my next long run will be better.

On a positive note, Todd was waiting at Lloyd Hall as I ran by, and he informed me later that I looked "completely normal" running. Hooray for normalcy!

1 comment:

Jen O. said...

Not eating [real food] can certainly have an effect on your energy level and ability to run effectively. Coffee is not food. Egg Beaters® are barely food. Toast is food but not much.

Let's do the math:

1/4 cup of egg beaters has about 50 calories. Let's say, to be fair, that you had 1/2 a cup. That's 100 calories.

I know you most likely had whole wheat toast. That's another 50 calories. Coffee? No calories.

So let's just say that five hours after consuming only 150 calories, you decide to embark on a run which, based on your stats, burned about 200 calories after three miles, not to mention the calorie shed of just plain living for 5 hours already that day. So you're already in the hole, energy wise.

Your body was starting to shut down because it was out of gas, plain and simple. Don't be so hard on yourself! You're doing great.