It's been a few years since I ran this loop and I remember
the last time it was painful. It was 12.4 miles and 30%
longer than last Sat's run. Therefore, there was some
trepidition. Once I started, however, I kept reminding
myself of how Victor (a la Pavel) run (low intensity) and of
my own reason to do it, i.e., to enjoy.
I learnt my lesson and had water before and twice during the
course. Water stops didn't take much time but it felt sluggish
as the relaxing muscles unwillingly went back to work.
The 2nd half was done at a much more pleasant 6io pace than
9io or 8io. And I frequently scanned my body and took care
to engage the glutes more and tax the calves and feet as little
as possible. Three years of weight-lifting made my core
strong and the glutes were tireless. I had good energy in
the second half. Overall, I finished in two hours at 8:00am.
The 17oz standard plastic bottle was so light and I decided
to just carry it in my runs. I could fill it up at water holes and
drink right there. This way, I have a measure of how much to
hydrate. Between stations, I might not need to carry water,
especially when they are only five miles apart. Maybe I can
even get away with something smaller. I can put it in a
holder and there'd still be room for some kitkat.
Back in the house, I still had the energy to wash clothes
and do yoga. But around 10:30am, sitting at a coffee shop to
write, I felt hot and sore, nothing alarming. Thank You!