It looks like it might rain here on Thursday, my usual long run day. The thought of worrying about the weather for the next three days was too much for me, so I decided to get it out of the way today. It was really cold, 5 degrees, but sunny and not very windy. I loaded up my cooler and headed out to my home course for 16 miles. Each lap around my house is two miles, so I had 8 laps to crank out.
Sometimes when I think about my long runs, I have to fool myself into thinking that it's really not that far. I just tell myself that it's only a mile or two longer than last week's run, so what's the big deal? Turns out, 16 miles is really far. I've trained for two marathons before, so it's not like I haven't run that far before. I felt just the usual level of crappiness for the first 14 miles, but the last two miles were hard. I'm pretty sore and my heel is reminding me that the PF is still an issue.
All of that wouldn't be so bad if my stomach was not still rebelling 9 hours after I finished. I changed from regular GU to GU Roctane for this run. It's the same as regular GU but with an amino acid added to it. I have no idea if this is why I am feeling so terrible, but I definitely need to get it figured out in the next couple of weeks. Anybody have issues with Roctane? It could be that I washed it down with G2 instead of water. I've heard of people having issues combining gels and Gatorade. I thought I would be okay with G2 since it has less carbs, but maybe not. I'm just glad I finished my run before the "trouble" started.
Tomorrow I'm running with a friend for 5 miles. Hopefully a good night sleep will settle whatever it is that is bothering me. It is supposed to warm up here over the next week. Maybe today was my last run in single digits. That would be wonderful!!