Today was supposed to be a 17 mile run. I planned it all out so that it was start and end at a little country farm store that served lunch and sold (among other things) strawberry rhubarb pie. It was a marvelous plan. A long run followed by pie. Joy. But it was not to be.
I planned the run out using mapmydamnrun.com (who wants $2 to let you print out the map, yeah right). The best I could get was 17.5 but I thought that would be reasonable.
I met my running partner at about 9 am at the store, and it was already 72F (22C). My partner is sensitive to heat so we had to be extra careful. I knew of two Stewart’s Shops on the route and we had fuel belts with water and gatorade, so I was sure we had enough.
As it turned out, the run was excruciatingly hot. Thank goodness for the Stewart’s at mile 12 because we would have died without the water/gatorade fill up. We drank our fill and poured water on our shirts and headed back out for the last 5 miles.
The last 5 miles actually ended up being 8 miles. Apparently, I had started the map in the wrong spot and we had a 20 mile route, not 17.5. So, when 17.5 had come and gone and there was no store in site, I began cursing the mapping program. Eventually, when we came to a crossroads, I realized what had happened.
Running in the heat was tough, but walking it was even harder. My feet were incredibly sore and, because we were out there so much longer, we ran quite low on the water. My partner had been using the water to cool down a little.
I felt horrendously guilty for screwing this up, mostly because I’m supposed to be pacing this person who has never run these distances before. Her longest run before this was 15 miles. We walked the last 3 miles, but it was awful.
We finally made it to the store and had lunch. I could hardly eat. My appetite was gone. I bought a whole pie because they didn’t sell it by the slice. I haven’t had any yet.
I also got a terrible sunburn, although my partner was smart enough to use sunscreen. I can’t read a map, why would you expect me to know enough to use sunscreen? I’ve put aloe vera on it and I’m hoping for the best.
Next week we have 18 miles on the schedule. I haven’t a clue how far we should run.