Sunday, April 29, 2012
Recipe For Roast Duck
Yesterday was a nice, hot Texas day. The only thing that was missing was the deep humidity of Florida. Apparently, I can't feel dry heat. I would have told you it was high 70's or low 80's (try low-mid 90's) when I headed out for my long run with speed work in the middle.
I did not bring any water since there are water fountains on the trail and I hate carrying anything. This is fine if it is under 90 degrees but not so fine for what we had yesterday. I started the run feeling ok, though I had to slow myself down a few times (ease off the gas, you've got a long way to go!) but as things progressed, fine became a memory. During the third interval, I felt myself blow up and I ended up walking between the third and fourth and after the fourth before the balance of the mileage. I had passed several water fountains early on because my stomach was upset but later regretted that. I got really thirsty during the second interval but didn't find water right away. By the time I spotted one, I was really getting desperate. I ran up to it only to find it broken, as was the next one I found. At this point, I knew I might be getting into some trouble. I kept running but my pace dropped to a crawl.
I eventually did find one… after close to 5 miles. I got a drink and headed over the bridge. Of course, lapping water at a water fountain did not give me enough to replenish what was lost. By the time I got to the other side I was toast. I started walking frequently and was REALLY lightheaded. I came to another water fountain, then another maybe a quarter mile further down, where I also ate a gel. Right after that one was a water station run by a local business (there are a number of these in Austin). At that one, I was able to drain a cup of water. This added up to a second wind, unfortunately there was no water for the remainder of the run… another 3.5 miles. By the end, I was struggling to jog a few minutes between walk breaks.
When I got back to my car, I drained a bottle of water and immediately got stomach cramps. That actually didn't surprise me so I wasn't too worried but it was a while before I could get my recovery drink into my stomach. Eventually I did, though not in the recommended thirty minutes. It was more like an hour and a half. I then cancelled my plans for the evening and went to bed early.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you roast a Duck!