December
15
Posted on 15-12-2007
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

To be honest, I never thought I’d make it 18 miles.  The way my hip felt on Tuesday after 4.5 miles, I was really starting to think that I might not get to the starting line at WDW.  I had a chiropractic adjustment yesterday and some electro-stimulation to my right gluteal region.  Still, something felt a little wrong deep in my hip.  I went to a party on Friday night and had nothing but water to drink, but I was out late, so I held off my run until twilight.  I left the house at about 5:30 PM not really knowing what to expect, but thinking I might not be out for long.

I wanted to run, though.  Deep down, I knew that I’ve come a long way since I started this training program.  I focused on a mantra – 18 pain free.  I walked a mile as warmup.  I had no pace goals and no real plan for the run.  It was kind of a “screw it, let’s see what you can do” type of thing.  So, after my warmup I started running.

I started out at about an 8:30 pace.  Usually, I would think that was way too fast, but I was far to worried about my hip to think about my pace.  I was just letting my body do what it wanted to.  I drank too much water just beforehand, so at around 2.25 miles, I stopped for a pee….the first time I’ve had to do that in a training run and another lesson learned.  I then ran to my usual drinking fountain and stopped for another walk break.

My hip felt great….my whole body felt great.  I was taking longer walk breaks, but my pace while running was between 8:15 and 8:30 per mile, so I was making up for that.  When I reached 6 miles, a consumed a Clif shot and drank some more water.  My hip was still feeling great and at that point I knew I had 18 miles inside of me.  I continued running between 8:15 and 8:30 minutes per mile, stopping for a walk break whenever I encountered a water fountain.

I began to feel sore between miles 13 and 14.  Everything seemed to tighten up a bit, but there was no serious discomfort.  My walk breaks became a little more frequent, but I manged to run my way to the 18 mile mark and finished in 3:08:52.  Not great, but given the circumstances, I was overjoyed.

Planned workout

1 mile warmup

18 miles at whatever pace

1 mile cool down

Actual workout

1 mile warmup

18 miles at 10:29 pace

1 mile cool down

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