7/5 – 14 miles, 8:48 pace
“I really REALLY need to figure out this desert running thing”
Saturday’s run was pretty fun and generally uneventful. I started out from my in-laws house and went towards Sole Running, a running store that Pat recommended. I started out a bit late at 8:30 or so but the heat didn’t seem to bother me too bad. It was around 80 degrees with minimal humidity. I was able to keep my goal pace with minimal effort and my splits were really consistent - which is what I was trying to do with this run. I wanted to be around 7:55 minute miles which is MP+10. My times were: 7:55, 7:50, 7:51, 7:55, 7:50, 7:50, and 7:45. All within 5 seconds of each other with the exception of the last mile where I let myself speed up just a bit. Nice!
My run on Sunday was an entirely different story.
The day before, when I ran 7 miles, I carried two of my four 10 oz bottles (20oz total). While running that shorter distance, I drank about half of the water that I was carrying (drank ~10 oz). So, using my analytical brain, I figured that if I ran twice as far I would have just enough water and all would be right with the world (2 x 10oz = 20oz). I was wrong – very wrong. A few things were different about this run:
- It was about 10 degrees hotter
- As I found out, the rate of water consumption is not linear across distance (that is, the further I run, the more I drink per mile)
- My legs were a bit heavy from the long run the day before
- I overslept and had that “rushed” feeling while I was getting ready to head out
I left the house with only two of the bottles filled. Bad move. Essentially, I ran out of water around mile 10. This is especially not good because it was around 96 degrees and there was not a spot to fill up in sight. I looked and looked for a McDonalds or something that I could use to fill up my bottles but I couldn’t find one. So, to avoid passing out in a pile on the side of the road, I ran / walk the last 3 or so miles. Oyy. Not good.
Lesson learned… Take ALL bottles completely filled on every desert run. For that matter, have some money with me so that I could buy some water if I needed to.