It’s just over two weeks to the Loveland Half Marathon. Already, I’m able to do the ten-mile workouts with little trouble as long as I rest up the next day. This weekend, I run the race route. Next weekend, I get an “easy” 6-mile run.
This past week, I had a minor setback. There’s a five-mile loop that goes out to the nearby Kenwood Towne Center here in Cincinnati. The loop starts at my front door and is five miles in length, six if I go around the mall and up into the nearby suburb of Blue Ash. I use the five-mile loop to get ten miles in, then combine a couple of regular routes I use on shorter runs to add 1-4 miles depending on what I need.
This weekend, as I came up the hill at the end of my second lap past the mall, my knee decided I was done. If I kept going, I’d have made it a couple more blocks before having to limp home. I could blame a lot of things, but the biggest culprit is rest. Sunday was Juanita’s birthday, and we celebrated Saturday night. I went to bed late with a belly full of smores and margaritas.
When you do the long workouts, you can’t skimp on hydration, pre-run carbs, or rest. I slept later than I wanted, had too much alcohol before going to bed (and only a couple of drinks, but enough to mess up your metabolism), and didn’t have anything like spaghetti or potatoes the night before. And I ran on an empty stomach.
I still got ten miles in. And next week, I have to finish the route. It’s not near my house. Next week is dress rehearsal.