Last night, after a much longer than normal trip down, we arrived safe and sound at Hilton Head Island. I went to be last night eagerly anticipating my morning long run.
Although it took me a little while to get going once I was out on the road everything seemed to fall into place.
The weather was chilly (not quite chilly enough :)). There weren’t many people out on the trail. I felt strong, ready to takle the morning’s mock half marathon.
I figured that mild dehydration might be a factor. I have a teeny, tiny bladder and a traveling companion that doesn’t like stopping on road trips. Thus, I don’t drink a lot. Combine that with an extra long trip…
Around mile 6 or so I started feeling it. Thankfully, I still felt strong otherwise and made sure to keep pushing. (I was having so much fun in the early miles that I accidentally ran about 10 seconds per mile too slow.) I even turned it on in the last mile, attempting to achieve a sub 9 minute mile. (Mission accomplished: 8:19)
Lesson learned: after a long car ride, guzzle water if you want to have a long run the following day.
Next time I run 13 miles on Hilton Head Island I’ll be chasing a sub 1:50:xx half!