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That was one.long.mile.

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Today was our long run with TNT in Modesto.  We park at Mr. T’s Donuts  (how cruel is that?)  I’m sure they love us, because everyone is using the restroom.  The San Diego people are in San Diego, so it’s just the Seattle and Nike/Cowtown folk. 

I bring some packets of Heed, because I took them in the HMOD, and hurked a bit.  Didn’t like it.  At all.  I ate half of a Hammer Gel, and put the rest in a water.  It was the first time I wore a water belt, and it was too big, so I fiddled with it a lot.

Our mentor told us to walk after 2 miles.  In my head, I’m thinking…I cannot walk…2 minutes, he says.  I decide to shut my head up, and listen and learn.  Obviously I wasn’t listening too well, because he says, “When you get to the Kaiser Permanente building, that’s 3 miles, and Nike people, you come back.  Seattle is doing 10 miles.”

I see the aid station at 2 miles, and force myself to walk.  Interestingly, it refreshes me.  I am talking with a mentor, and I see MY mentor up ahead.  I decide to follow him.

I don’t know what happened, but I got to the next aid station, and it was mile 4.  I missed the turn.  The whole time I ran past 2, I just thought they must have miscalculated, or this is one long mile.

I had no choice but to run back.  A total of 8 in all, and forcing myself to walk was great.  I was fresh when I came in, and scarfed down a LOT of oranges.  I was starving, and still am!

I feel good.  Not tired.  Base building works.

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6 thoughts on “That was one.long.mile.

  1. I too was a walk during a run skeptic, but now I wholeheartedly endorse them. Strategic walks (not the wait until I can’t run another step so I gotta walk kind) keep the legs fresh and really don’t add a whole lot of time to your run.

  2. Hey. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that you were stressed about 10 miles? And now you’re just meh about two extra miles? Yes – base building works!

    I usually walk through water stations when I race (even in 10Ks). I find that the short break (even if only for 10 to 15 seconds) does a lot to allow my breathing to slow down and really is the “pause that refreshes” (sorry 7up!)

  3. Oh – and EE = Electrical Engineering. ME + Mechanical Engineering, CE = Civil Engineering.

    Just a way for us nerds to relate to each other.

    By the way, notice the lack of PE in the engineering fields…..

  4. so you were supposed to do six and you did eight, I think that is great. you felt good, you enjoyed it, and you are two miles the better for it. well done!

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