|A shot from our halfway point in San Miguel.|
We learned a lot today. First we should have prepared for enough water. I had my Nathan backpack/vest on me but I only had 40 oz. of water. I was running late and didn't think to fill it up. I had room for 70 oz. That's more than a gallon. I ran out at mile 17. Heidi planned to surprise me and planted 8 oz. of water bottles for each of us. That was a godsend but, was not enough, we found out. Damage was already done and we were both already dehydrated. At mile 18, we drank it all and planned to just walk jog the rest back to the car. At the 18.5 mile point, I had to make a decision. Do we really want to sacrifice doing this last mile and risk injury, cramps, and put all our training in one basket and throw it all away? This is one training run, we have 5 weeks left. We'll have another shot next week since we have our second 20 miler then. I was not sure how Heidi would take it, I told her I am calling it at 19 and do the cool down for the last mile. Afterall, we have done a good job today considering the heat element, we were supposed to be at 9:52 pace and at 19 miles, we were at 9:45 pace--way ahead of schedule. To my surprise, Heidi and I were on the same page.
The second important lesson learned today is never be afraid to make the necessary adjustments to a workout. Hitting the mileage is not as important if you're going to risk injury or heat exhaustion. I know sometimes we push ourselves too hard to get to the next level. It is a fine line that we must teeter. Always err on the side of caution--That's Heidi's favorite saying. She's right; We are way too close to New York to make silly mistakes. I am happy that we finished today in one piece. Onward!
|Along our training route, Heidi can't help it, she has to stop and say helo to her friend.|