Then, this past weekend it called for another 18 mile run. Although the distance was the same, and I was going to run it on a flat course, but in Lexington this time, this 18 miler was a totally different story.
First of all it was humid and the sun was out full force. Luckily, the cliff brand fueling supplies agreed with me again. I think I'll stick with this brand. At mile 10 I had to stop and refill my water bottles, and I was already drenched from sweating. After I ran-walked the last 4 miles, I made it home exhausted and happy to be done. This run also added to my "runner" tan, which makes it look like I'm always wearing a tanktop and shorts and a little pink across my nose, even though I wore SPF 50!
Logically, the weather makes a huge difference in how you feel during a training run, but I just couldn't believe the contrast. Luckily, the run two weeks ago went really well and I can reassure myself that I have the endurance built up to continue training.
This week is a shorter run of 10 miles, and we are doing the extreme rampage obstacle course in Lexington. Then, the following week is a 20 miler.