So tonight I had my longest run on the half-marathon training schedule (to date). I didn’t want to skip my X-Biking class at the YMCA, so I showed up and had to teach – hooray. Anyway, after a 30 minute spin class I headed up to the indoor track. 12 laps = 1 mile. Oy.
The first 4 miles weren’t that bad – and after that I knew I was almost done. After mile 6 I kept repeating – only 1 more – less than 12 laps to go. Whew, I was pooped.
I don’t think the exhaustion really kicked in until I got home and laid down on the couch (with both dogs cuddled up of course). I was hungry and cold (darn sweat) and eventually forced myself to take a shower. After that I didn’t want to eat. It literally took me at least 40 minutes to finish my dinner. My only explanation is that I didn’t fuel myself very well before the run – or have any sort of “recovery drink”. I think in the future for any run over 6 miles I’m going to make sure to work in a post-workout recovery snack. I’m just now starting to feel…ehh…okay, again – and I got done running 3 1/2 hours ago.
Fuel yourself people!