I can officially report that this elusive “20 mile run” will not happened this marathon training. I hit the trail to finally check off this marker and was stopped by the ultimate training wall. Since I had plenty of time to reflect on my five mile trail walk back to civilization, I’ve come up with a list of explanations why 20 miles just didn’t happen today!
- Lack of mid-run fuel. I only took along one Larabar on my run and it really wasn’t enough. I broke into it (as I had planned to) around mile nine, and after taking smaller bites I was basically done by 13. With seven more miles to go – I was nervous and intimidated by the thought of running the remainder on empty.
- Bordom. My usual go-to running jams weren’t speaking to me, but why would they after over two hours on repeat?!
- Fatigue! Last Wednesday when I got back from CA I logged a pretty good 14 mile run in an effort to get back on my training track. Then between Wednesday and Sunday I added anther run and a new cold to the mix. And even though more sleep was also added, I couldn’t stop dreaming of iced coffee and a nap awaiting me at the end of the trail.