|One of the only good parts of yesterday's run|
Once I started running again something just didn't seem right. I kept putting one foot in front of the other and when I got to the part of the run where I was supposed to do the pick ups I had to listen to my body and not do them because I was starting to feel a bit off. I had to stop at a gas station to buy more water. I also grabbed some ice cubes and put them in my tank top in the hopes that it would cool me down. The 98% humidity was definitely getting to me. Once I hit mile 16 I became increibly lightheaded and dizzy so I slowed the pace down and called it done at mile 17. I figured 17 miles finished upright was a better option than 19 finished in the ER.
I know exactly what happened and I should know better. I have experienced dehydration and a trip to the ER before. In fact it was how my first marathon ended...not at the finish line getting a medal but in an ambulance and then in a bed in the ER. I had spent all day at the ice rink on Saturday and I definitely didn't hydrate or fuel my body properly. I was too busy watching my daughter rock her events. I should have been watching her with fluids in my hand.
|1st place in compulsory|
|First place program|
As coach Joe said on my dailymile post: "lesson learned which is don't take these long runs for granted the day before. Practice as close as you can what you'll eat, drink, etc starting wtih breakfast on Saturday all the way until bedtime. Everyone worries about dinner the night before a 20-miler, but the whole day is important."
I spent the rest of yesterday trying to replenish the lost fluids. Believe me, I will be much smarter with my hydration and nutrition prior to future long runs.
Keep running, you're simply the best, and you inspire me!!