I officially bonked today, or as some say, “Hit the Wall.” I had never experienced it before but I figured out what it was. What I don’t know is what caused it and that is something I have to rectify fast because the Half-Marathon is only one month away. Plus, my mom, aunt and cousin are coming to cheer me on and I definitely don’t want to have to be carried over the finish line in front of my cheering section.
I really needed a good strong run today too. My Saturday run on the Eastern Shore was a disaster. (I like to breathe and not worry about being hit by a car or having to jump over copperheads, etc.). My last good run was actually a couple of weeks ago and I felt like a good run today would get me back on track with my training. Did I mention I have a month? A MONTH!!! I can’t be futzing around at this point.
I actually started out really strong today (potato with coffee for breakfast, took a GU Gel) and I did well for the most part until about 4.5 miles into the run when I felt myself slowing down. I was surprised at how much I was slowing down and how rapidly, but I got all green lights up Ann Street so I just kept running. When I turned right up Lombard Street, it was like my legs didn’t want to move anymore; exactly like I ran out of gas. By the time I hit the 5 mile mark my legs were barely moving, barely lifting, like I was running in cement. Actually cement would have felt better. After another half of a mile, uphill no less, and just shy of a half a mile from home I quit. I couldn’t do it. My body wouldn’t run. I bonked.
After that I barely made it home, my face all purple and those weird chill things I got when I ran my first long run. I have no clue what I did wrong today but there is no way in hell I want a run like that during the actual race.
On a positive note though, my team t-shirt is in and it fits. Plus, I’ve already raised $50 for the hospital (Thanks Elizabeth and Katherine). In case anyone is curious, Matt and I are running for the University of Maryland Children’s Heart Program (note: he works for the hospital). Below is my team page.