Re-Learning the Long Run

Happy Monday everyone! I hope y’all had a great weekend. I, for the most part, did! I had an awesome girls’ night on Friday (complete with some gym time followed up with sushi and beer), did some studying on Saturday, and then had my latest and greatest long run on Sunday.

Sigh.

There was good and bad to this long run. Let me tell you about it! First of all, I was only going for 7 miles. For many of you, this isn’t a lot, but it was the longest I’ve gone in awhile. Normally, I look forward to my long runs but I had a feeling this one was gonna be tough. I haven’t been running a lot due to the foot stuff, and I knew that was gonna make me hurt. After all, this whole running thing is hard for me!

And I was right. It did.

I was excited when I woke up to a sunny and warm day–the birds were chirping and it seriously felt like June. However, this was when I committed error #1 of the day: I forgot my water. Real winner right here, let me tell you.

Typically, a 7-miler on April 1 wouldn’t be disastrous without water, but this nice “sunny and warm day” quickly escalated into HOT HOT HOT! By the time I got out there, it was almost 85 degrees and my trail is completely exposed to the sun.

The sad thing is that I contemplated bringing my new Fuel Belt. After all, this is exactly why I purchased it, right? However, I haven’t used it yet and I was worried that I wouldn’t like it, the belt would start irritating me, and I’d be 3 miles out and wanting to pitch it into the meadow. Needless to say, I “logically” told myself that I’d try it out on a shorter run. Once again, major IQ points for me!

Sure enough, I got to my turn around at mile 3.5 and I was parched. The sun was beating down on me and because I was clearly showing signs of genius, I had forgotten to wear sunscreen. If you saw my nice tan lines today, you’d be super impressed. Promise.

Luckily, there is a community college in the area and I decided that somehow, I was going to get into that school. After all, colleges have water fountains, right?

The sweet, sweet promise of water

See, there was even a fire hydrant. That for sure means that they have water!

Unfortunately for me, it was a Sunday at 10am, and the majority of the campus was closed. When I was in undergrad at CU, they typically left all the doors on the buildings open, round the clock. Apparently this community college doesn’t follow that same policy: I spent 30 MINUTES wandering around, pulling on every single door, hoping it was unlocked. I had practically given up when I find my golden door: IT WAS OPEN! And even better, there was a water fountain within 5 feet. Score!

After my near-death experience (and no, I never exaggerate), I continued on my merry way. Of course, then I realized that I had chugged too much water in my hopes to rehydrate and I was facing the repercussions. That water was sloshing around in my stomach like nobody’s business!

I finally slogged my way back to my car at the trail head, but I assure you: it wasn’t pretty. However, the view was pretty, so let’s take a look at that for a moment!

What did I learn from the debacle?

  1. I still actually enjoy  my long run…. when I’m prepared
  2. BodyGlide is my friend
  3. Sunscreen is also my friend
  4. Water is good
  5. I need to man up and stop bitching
So that was that. Seven miles in the books, hopefully to never be repeated as painfully ever again! 🙂
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What did you do this weekend?

How do you stay hydrated on long runs? Stash water, CamelBak, FuelBelt, etc?
To be honest, I’ve never worried about it when training for my previous half marathons– I would just suck it up and get through the 10 mile training runs sans water. Then, I got smart and realized that was stupid. I also realized that it won’t fly when I get into full marathon training, so I am trying to nail down something now. Clearly, my learning curve is high 🙂

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Re-Learning the Long Run

Happy Monday everyone! I hope y’all had a great weekend. I, for the most part, did! I had an awesome girls’ night on Friday (complete with some gym time followed up with sushi and beer), did some studying on Saturday, and then had my latest and greatest long run on Sunday.

Sigh.

There was good and bad to this long run. Let me tell you about it! First of all, I was only going for 7 miles. For many of you, this isn’t a lot, but it was the longest I’ve gone in awhile. Normally, I look forward to my long runs but I had a feeling this one was gonna be tough. I haven’t been running a lot due to the foot stuff, and I knew that was gonna make me hurt. After all, this whole running thing is hard for me!

And I was right. It did.

I was excited when I woke up to a sunny and warm day–the birds were chirping and it seriously felt like June. However, this was when I committed error #1 of the day: I forgot my water. Real winner right here, let me tell you.

Typically, a 7-miler on April 1 wouldn’t be disastrous without water, but this nice “sunny and warm day” quickly escalated into HOT HOT HOT! By the time I got out there, it was almost 85 degrees and my trail is completely exposed to the sun.

The sad thing is that I contemplated bringing my new Fuel Belt. After all, this is exactly why I purchased it, right? However, I haven’t used it yet and I was worried that I wouldn’t like it, the belt would start irritating me, and I’d be 3 miles out and wanting to pitch it into the meadow. Needless to say, I “logically” told myself that I’d try it out on a shorter run. Once again, major IQ points for me!

Sure enough, I got to my turn around at mile 3.5 and I was parched. The sun was beating down on me and because I was clearly showing signs of genius, I had forgotten to wear sunscreen. If you saw my nice tan lines today, you’d be super impressed. Promise.

Luckily, there is a community college in the area and I decided that somehow, I was going to get into that school. After all, colleges have water fountains, right?

The sweet, sweet promise of water

See, there was even a fire hydrant. That for sure means that they have water!

Unfortunately for me, it was a Sunday at 10am, and the majority of the campus was closed. When I was in undergrad at CU, they typically left all the doors on the buildings open, round the clock. Apparently this community college doesn’t follow that same policy: I spent 30 MINUTES wandering around, pulling on every single door, hoping it was unlocked. I had practically given up when I find my golden door: IT WAS OPEN! And even better, there was a water fountain within 5 feet. Score!

After my near-death experience (and no, I never exaggerate), I continued on my merry way. Of course, then I realized that I had chugged too much water in my hopes to rehydrate and I was facing the repercussions. That water was sloshing around in my stomach like nobody’s business!

I finally slogged my way back to my car at the trail head, but I assure you: it wasn’t pretty. However, the view was pretty, so let’s take a look at that for a moment!

What did I learn from the debacle?

  1. I still actually enjoy  my long run…. when I’m prepared
  2. BodyGlide is my friend
  3. Sunscreen is also my friend
  4. Water is good
  5. I need to man up and stop bitching
So that was that. Seven miles in the books, hopefully to never be repeated as painfully ever again! 🙂
********************
What did you do this weekend?

How do you stay hydrated on long runs? Stash water, CamelBak, FuelBelt, etc?
To be honest, I’ve never worried about it when training for my previous half marathons– I would just suck it up and get through the 10 mile training runs sans water. Then, I got smart and realized that was stupid. I also realized that it won’t fly when I get into full marathon training, so I am trying to nail down something now. Clearly, my learning curve is high 🙂

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  • Reply Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb April 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Argh! Water is a must on my runs, especially given I have a history of kidney stone =/ I use the Nathan handheld but just got a Fuel Belt to try out.

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal April 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Oooph, yeah, if I had kidney stone issues, I’d be drinking water by the gallon! My old roommate had one once and it looked so painful!

  • Reply Ed April 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Everyone has a run or two like that! I use to always forget certain comforts on my runs…just takes a few hard lessons to get yourself on track!

    Camel backs are perfect for long runs, that is what I use. And it is nice cause you can stash extra layers (in Alaska thats needed) and some food too if need be…

  • Reply ~*katy beth*~ April 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    thank goodness for the community college! sometimes we have to learn the hard way because most of us lets face it are stubborn and so think we can handle it (my hand is raised soooo high!) 🙂 but it sounds like you learned great things from this one, and thats really the most important! and the fact you never stopped or turned around because it might not be perfect conditions 🙂

  • Reply Suzanne April 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    my tan lines right now are pretty amazing from Moab. Let’s just say you can see my bike shorts and bike gloves no matter what I’m wearing. We also ran out of water out there in the desert, even with a Camelbak! It was hot!!! However, this weekend was biking up at Horsetooth and recreational biking around town on Sunday. Nice and relaxing!

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal April 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Haha, the bike shorts line! After I did that bike trip (wearing the same pair of shorts for 4 months!) I had the worst. lines. ever. Literally, the tan lines didn’t go away for months, including the diamonds on my forehead!

  • Reply Kara April 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    You didn’t go for a run, you went for an adventure! 🙂 I always take a water bottle, even on really short runs. I get cranky when I’m thirsty!

  • Reply Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen April 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I love that path where you run! I would totally do the same thing – get a fuel belt, but then not use because I’d be worried I wouldn’t like it 🙂 Ha ha! I use one that goes around my waist and I also have a handheld, I like them both, but like the belt one more.

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal April 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      It’s my fav trail for long runs because it literally runs from north denver to south denver and you can go for miles! You never have to worry about stopping, lights, navigation, etc. It’s great!

  • Reply Wym April 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    girl! Learn that lesson and always take water. You never know what might happen on the trail.

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal April 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      I know! And I’m such a “safety first” gal in the backcountry… but put me in a pair of running shoes and my IQ drops 25 points!

  • Reply Jess April 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Oh man, I’ve totally been there! the excitement of getting out there to run sometimes trumps good reason, huh? I didn’t bring water on a recent run after work on an abnormally warm day for March in Boston and nearly died of heat exaustion (exaggerating of course) — duh, I’m used to running in 30 degree temps, not 80 degrees, yet I thought I’d be just fine without water or anything. FAIL!

  • Reply Alyssa April 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Once the heat gets to that level, I carry water on all runs, even 3 milers! I love my camelbak handheld bottle. That run was crazy, but you got it done! Nice job breaking in to the school.

  • Reply Kayla Carruth @ kpLoving It April 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    You used to run 10 miles without water??? WTH? Did you even have pee for the rest of those days???

    Stop being such a dope!!! 🙂

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal April 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Ha, nope 🙂 Luckily, I hydrate pretty easily and I like to think I store water like a camel! When we packed to the base of the Grand Canyon and out in one day, every single one of the guys ran out of water and I had to share with them all…and I was still fine 🙂

  • Reply Carrie April 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Looks like nice scenery for a long run!

    I have a fuel belt but I only take it on long runs when it’s hot out. It irritates me for the first 10 minutes or so, but honestly I don’t even notice it after that. I typically run in the early morning, so I don’t usually need water on shorter runs.

  • Reply Maru April 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    So beautiful!! My husband and I are seriously thinking of moving out there in the near future – could not be more excited!!

    Here in Florida, pretty much all of the places I run have water fountains somewhere around. If I get lucky and can run on a trail, my husband comes with me and carries water. I’ve never actually run with water, and I am kinda scared to – like my arm will fall off from fatigue or something. I don’t exaggerate either 😉

  • Reply misszippy April 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Glad you are still here to tell the story! Actually, I only drink on runs of longer than 10. Most of my long runs are my club runs and we have volunteers who put water out at 3 places each week, which is the best–no carrying water, ever!

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal April 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Man, I need to find a run club! I’ve been contemplating bringing Tally and having her carry my water….. is that dog abuse?! 🙂

  • Reply Indulge like a Nutritionista April 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    water is definitely a must on long runs – I have dehydration problems so I was forced to seek out my options becasue Im not a fan of stopping on runs or during a race – so I broke down and bought a camelback – BEST. DECISION. EVER. I love it – you don’t even feel it while running – or at least I don’t!

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal April 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      I have a small one from back in the day, and after all of your suggestions, I’m thinking I’ll try it. But, FuelBelt first!

  • Reply Julie April 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I pretty much never run without water if I’m going over 4 miles and it’s even slightly warm. Trail looks nice. I hate tough that there is no water or bathrooms on the trails in Westminster…seems crazy! I wish I had a nice dirt trail closer to home. I hate having to run on cement.

  • Reply CentsibleRunner April 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I found that a small hand held water bottle (strapped to your hand) is least annoying. Plus you can stash things in the pocket (GU, inhaler, keys).
    This weekend I ran on the High Line Canal Trail through Cherry Creek and there was water set out at various road crossing by a running club. I may or may not have stolen some of that water…whoops.

  • Reply Julie Arts April 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Ugh! I hate when I don’t have water, but I also hate carrying it! I did a 9 miler yesterday (in the cool wet NW) but still felt like I better take a handheld with me – I did need something to wash a gel down with afterall…but then I didn’t drink any for the first 1/2 of the run and even in this cool weather, I started to feel my calves cramping 🙁 I need an assistant to just run along side me (but not bother me) and then supply me with water as needed.

  • Reply Julia April 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    THAT HAPPENED TO ME ON SATURDAY. i was so thirsty the entire race I ran…then i would get to a water station and chug fluids like i have never seen them before…then start running and i could feel it sloshing around. ahhhh. i am terrible at staying hydrated. on my own running time…i like to use a handheld! its perfect!

  • Reply Just Jen April 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Glad you found water at the college during your adventure.

  • Reply Holly from Leaps of Faith April 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Way to push through!!! If it makes you feel any better, I probably wouldn’t of taken water either! I dont like carrying water, and have been know to ditch it in the bushes as pick it up on the way back!

  • Reply Lisa@RunWiki April 3, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I lived in CO. (My sister lives in Boulder) for several years not only is it hot and lots of exposure, your at altitude! Oh my that can make things difficult.. after all that you still write a post that makes people laugh.. your tough. Nice work!

  • Reply Angela @ Happy Fit Mama April 3, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I’ve never carried water with me, either. I’m starting to train for a my first marathon in September and I’m realizing I’ll need to carry something or stash bottles. Ugh! I hate carrying things and a belt sounds uncomfortable. I need a support vehicle to follow me.

  • Reply Jamie April 3, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I’m glad you were able to find some water! I hate running without water on long runs, although I do hate wearing our fuel belt. It always feels like it is riding up, though it probably isn’t that bad I just hate things being to high on my waist, and I have to pull it down a lot.

  • Reply Heather Iacobacci-Miller April 3, 2012 at 12:34 am

    No matter what, 7 miles is awesome. Right now 6 is my long run so I have a totally new perspective on thing again. Honestly, just getting up and getting out there should be applauded. I am a stickler for water. I carry mine even for a 3-miler. I really can’t imagine 7 miles, those temps, and no water. And bodyglide is a godsend!

  • Reply Ricole Runs April 3, 2012 at 12:46 am

    7 miles rocks! Nice run. I am sooo jealous your beautiful weather and that blue sky!

  • Reply Beth April 3, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Great work on your 7 miler! What trail is that?

  • Reply mountainkait.com April 3, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I used to never carry water, but this marathon training round has me training alone for the first time, so I bought a Nathan handheld and I love it. Good job on your 7 miler!

  • Reply Lena @Fit on the Rocks April 3, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Hey way to pull through and get it done. Instead of my 12 miler, I played a super athletic game of bar golf…yeah that was a real doosy…

  • Reply SanJuanRunnerGirl April 5, 2012 at 3:32 am

    All I got out of this post was SUSHI….. 😉 Haha jk…but I am still craving it!

  • Reply Neon Blonde Runner April 6, 2012 at 4:10 am

    I never carry water with me…I always make stops in schools/stores when I’m on longer runs by myself!! Just ran for a while today and I went into a seminary to get water 🙂

  • Reply RunningOnCoffee April 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    As weird as it may be – I have not used my belt for fear that I won’t like it, too. I prepare myself to use it, then I wonder what if I don’t like it. But I haven’t tried it on a 3 mile run because who needs water on that short of a run? 🙂 I do like my handheld Camelback, it holds about 20 oz.

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