When you increase your mileage week after week, you start to feel invincible. When you run eight miles, 10 doesn’t seem so bad, but there is a threshold, a point in which you need to respect the road, if you will. For me, it’s usually the 10-miler. I’ve made this mistake many times, but here I am again, shaking my head at my rookieness.
- Give yourself plenty of time to eat and hydrate before your run. I ignored this and just drank coffee.
- Take water and sustenance for the run itself. Did I do this? Nope.
- Mentally prepare. I didn’t give it a second thought, even when Doug kept asking me, “Are you sure you want to run 10?”
When I passed the eight-mile marker, my fatigue all but consumed me — I was light-headed, delirious (hello, wall), and it hit me. I had done it again, I had made the same mistake again and I was going to have to shuffle home in shame, hopefully having learned my lesson this time.
Respect the road, respect the distance, respect your body, and only then will you reap the real benefits of distance running. — Amie