Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A Run, A Walk, And A Smartphone Goes Swimming
Today I added some length and speed work to my run, with DW's blessing, and had what turned out to be a challenging workout. The last couple of weeks have been more bike focused and the swim training has stayed pretty steady, so the run was backed off. I had been on the bike since Sunday and frankly, it wasn't my legs that needed a break. I decided to switch the run to today, build it up to a harder workout and do the bike/swim tomorrow. I have to work tomorrow night but it is easier for me to work after a bike and/or swim than a run. ALSO, it let me dial up the run without risking a flare up in my foot, not to mention reducing the potential for saddle sores. WinWInWin!!
The run was a 5 mile conversational run. I added some speed work at five miles and took the whole thing out to seven. I was hoping to make it to ten which is where I was with speed work just a few weeks ago. It is truly amazing how not doing the mileage for a couple of weeks can impact my ability to do it at all. Same with the speed work… it was like I forgot how. I got to mile 6 after a few little pickups and suddenly I was experiencing something that prior to this I had only read about. My gut shut down. I had water and a gel in there and it was not interested. I felt hypoglycemic but also had an uncomfortable sense of water in my stomach. Compared to some of my runs, I really hadn't even taken that much water or nutrition but there it was… not going anywhere.
3..2..1… CRAMP. I nearly doubled over. I really wished it would just come back up because I knew it would ease the discomfort. I broke to a walk, and walked slowly for a little while in the shade. Finally, eventually, with a mighty gurgle and a few good burps, things got moving again. I gave it a few and slowly began jogging again. I was able to pick it up a little and turn in another decent mile before I really started to fade. At that point, I was of the opinion that I had exceeded the assignment by enough and there was little to be gained by going on at a snails pace. I had accomplished all of my goals today, save one and that one got replaced by pulling it together and getting back in motion after a significant GI issue. I then walked the FOUR miles back to the car. It was 100 degrees according to a friends thermometer.
You know, the Town Lake Trail is beautiful when you are not so focused. I took a couple of great pics and can't post them since I have since dropped my phone in the dogs water bucket. Ummm… yeah. Water may roll off a duck's back but it does not roll off her brand new smartphone!