So I completed my 10 mile training run yesterday. Some steps to success…
1. Bandage feet.
Poor little babies had so many blisters!
2. Prepare fuel and water.
Because I was running loops 2.1ish mile loops I could stop and get water and honey for fuel as needed. I took 1 Tablespoon of honey at miles 4 and 8.5. I had a small bit of water on each loop as well. I think this set me up with pretty steady energy levels and now I know that honey was a good fuel. (I tried gummy bears last week and I’ve used goo before.) There will be water stops every two miles in the race so I think this was a good training scenario.
3. Breaking up the run.
I broke up the run into 2ish mile chunks. I ran the 1-2 alone, 2-4 my brother Josh rode a bike alongside me,4-6 Nate ran with me, 6-8.5 Davy ran with me, and the last 1.5 I ran by myself. Breaking it into manageable chunks really helped me mentally; I always had different company, a slightly different pace, and got to look forward to my next water or fuel stop!
I didn’t even think about applying sunscreen but after my first 2 miles I KNEW I was going to fry if I didn’t get some on STAT!! I was glad I could get some on my “water stop” and I reapplied once again before finishing. I will definitely have to pack some sunscreen for Sunday, just in case.
5. A Determined Attitude
I purposefully had myself very psyched, dare I say even excited about this run. My brothers were very obliging and spent the night with Nate and I so they could help me through this, which gave me all the more reason not to quit. And I promise you when I came back at 8.5 miles I thought “What’s the big deal? 8.5 is probably long enough. I should just stop now.” But I didn’t. Because running is not something that I do to get faster or see how much distance I can cover, it is something I do to prove to myself that hard work and dedication can accomplish difficult tasks. I do it because even an un-athletic, non-coordinated person can– if they are willing to make themselves uncomfortable physically and mentally. This isn’t about distance, it’s about determination. It’s about setting out to do something and doing it.