Saturday, August 20, 2011

The 11 mile hump

For some reason, every time that I have to run 11 miles, I seem to have a miserable run. Yet, when I run 10 miles - I feel great. I feel invincible. I feel like I could run and run and run.

So how come when I am scheduled to run 11 miles, I flake out? Is there some mental block that I can't get over? Is 11 miles really that harder than 10? After all, it's only 1 more mile. It should be no problem! What's a girl to do?

I am calling it my 11 mile hump. I think going above the 10 mile mark is challenging and my mind is telling me that I can't do it. But the weird thing is that I have done it before. So - I am not sure what the issue is.

Today I met a bunch of running friends in Sand Lake and we ran 5.5 miles out one way, and then 5.5 miles back. And let's just say that there were a ton of hills. Lots of hills. And by mile 2.5 I was out of breath and just plain not feeling the happiness of the run. I spent a lot of time walking. I felt a little better around mile 5. And then it went all to kapoooey after that. Thankfully my friend Amanda stayed with me and we decided to run 2 minutes and walk 1 minute and we did that for the last 3 miles. I have never wanted to finish a run so badly in my life. It took me 2 hours.

I also ran out of water. I carry a 10 ounce water bottle and by mile 9, it was gone. Fortunately we encountered a nice old woman outside her house and she filled our water bottles up for us. Amanda commented to me that she hoped she didn't poison us. HA! I guess that could happen. But - I am still here to write about this - so there was apparently no poison in her water.

Anyway - next week I am scheduled to run 12 miles. We will be on vacation and I know it will be flat as a pancake. So - hopefully I will power through this hump that seems to be in my way.


Suzy said...

It is psychological. You can go past 11 miles and you know you can. I can't believe you only carry 10 oz of water for a run that long! I go through 20 oz every hour.

Jen said...

what about one of those fuel belts Bridget that hold the water bottles and you can put your beans and extra energy bars or whatever in there? Can't remember if you had one or not.