Friday, April 17, 2009

Last "Long" Run

So I ended up doing 11 miles today as my last long-ish run before Big Sur.  Originally I was going to do 12 miles today.  A few things happened which caused me to cut it back by one mile.

1) Garmin announced at about mile 1.2 that he had a low battery.  This was absolutely my own fault.  I was thinking of the low mileage I had done this week and had failed to realize that my 20 miler last Friday was from the same battery charge.  I cursed Garmin.  I cursed myself.  I cursed my reliance on techy gadgets for running bliss.  I know the route that makes 12 miles but knew I had little flexibility in changing the run total once I went past certain points.  This was also a major kill-joy since I am operating on a run-walk-eat-blok plan every X miles.

2)  Though by no means HOT, it was sunny and warm which is the achilles heel of RoadBunner running happiness.

3)  I was really looking forward to this run, but my body was just not that into it today.

4)  Since I knew I wouldn't be able to do a 10 or 11 mile run once I commenced the loop that would make it 12 I decided early on to cut back to 10 miles (because of #'s 2 and 3).  I repeated the loop around Stow Lake three times (roughly 1 mile each) and made mental notes of mile markers so that I would know when to eat my blok and how far to walk in case Garmin died.

I felt pretty decent towards the end so tacked on an extra mile to make eleven.  Miraculously Garmin survived the entire run.  Thanks, little buddy!

Marathon 8 days away...

13 comments:

Rabbits' Guy said...

OK now ... stay healthy! Oh ... and check the camera batteries before the marathon .. we are all wanting to see pix! Also that the memory chip is in it ... I've done that disaster before!

Mica said...

Sorry about your sub-par run! It was warm and sunny today here, and it nearly killed me! Hang in there, almost marathon time!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Well...that's over now and you are bascically ready and have no injuries....I'd say you were good to go. We'll be rooting for you :~) !!!!!!!!

bunnygirl said...

Sounds like you're in good shape. One mile more or less won't make much difference at this point. Now just stay away from germs and you'll be set!

itsjoan said...

I love the last long run. It means... hmm... actually, it just means that a longer run is coming up soon! You're almost there!!!

Marathon Maritza said...

Still great mileage for your last long....yay Big Sur! Here you come!

aron said...

great job girl!!!! i freak out when my garmin doesnt cooperate too. now rest up for the big day!!! race week!!!

aron said...

oh and ps... not a fan of this weather :( at least it should be cooling off in a few days.

furrybutts said...

Ooh, how exciting! Just a handful of days before the big run! Have lots of fun and take loads of pictures!!

Alisa said...

Almost Big Sur Day. You're going to do great, enjoy the scenery I can't wait to see pictures.

Sunny and warm is this one's favorite running weather =).

Runner Leana said...

Congratulations on that last long run! Sigh...I hate it when my Garmin battery gets low. I'm such a slave to the Garmin.

ShirleyPerly said...

Yay, glad the Garmin held up. Really, though, one mile less is no big deal. Enjoy your last week of taper!!

Southbay Girl said...

you should so do SF!!!! As for running in sunny hot weather-I too HATE IT!!! There is nothing enjoyable about running in hot sun!! I'll take overcast gray skies any day!!

Big Sur sounds so exciting!!! I'd love to run that race one day!!

Run SF!!