Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My Long Run

I wrote a big long wordy post about my long run last week, but I couldn't hit publish...for lots of reasons, but here is the condensed version. 
It was hot!!!

Karen's dew point to death chart goes like this...



My happy place is when the dew point is under 55. It doesn't matter if there is humidity in the air, it feels manageable.

Every point above 55, I feel about 5 lbs. heavier.

Every point above 70 is like death....for real. Rain-forest, swamp like, muggy conditions.

My long run - 73. That is 3 points above death! 
Not a good place to start your long run LOL

I went prepared to conquer, sweat, and smile even when it felt the opposite. 
I took 2 liters of water, and two packs of Mestrength

I was surviving pretty well until the 90 minute mark. 


Once the sun was strong, I struggled with queasiness. 
I didn't feel well the last half hour between nausea and foot pain, shade was spotty at best, but I didn't fall apart mentally. I used my intervals, slowed the walk breaks trying to recover, and took my time. 

At one point, I did contemplate that if I started right at  5 a.m. I may have avoided the most difficult part of the run. 

My feet do feel like they burn more on the bottom in the heat...maybe it is my imagination...idk...but two hours into the run, my feet were screaming to be done.

I had high hopes with easy paced intervals, I would be able to increase the amount of time I can spend on my feet, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

I feel like my feet hurt less back in April and May just running the random half marathons I did with no training.


I didn't feel well for about an hour after this run, but luckily the effects didn't linger longer than that.

I do have a few shoe thoughts...
I have tried wide sizes, a bigger size, men's even, trying to find something that works with my orthotics and it has been a challenge. I got tired of ordering and returning things, and the search for shoes kind of exhausted me, but I will get back to it soon and see if I can find a new option to revive me.

I do like the Reebok's I am running in, they are fantastic for a 5 or 6 mile run. The upper is a good fit and material is soft, but I wish they had a little more sole under them. I keep hoping I will eventually find something that feels just a little more supportive. 

~ Why this run was so important ~

Basically, I am looking at 9 runs between August and October that need to be at, or over two hours, if I am going to train.

Currently that doesn't seem realistic.

I haven't completely thrown in the towel yet, but I am trying to make the right decision about how to proceed. 

Common sense says if I can't run 11 miles comfortably, than what I want and what I am capable of, may be too far apart. I have developed a tender spot on the ball of my left foot and I don't want it to get any worse, so I will cut back for a few weeks and ride it out till I feel better.

My heart doesn't deal in common sense only, so I am sure I will try at least one more long run (maybe two) before I completely concede that the marathon distance is going to be out of my reach.


I almost didn't hit publish on this post either, because honestly, it sounds heavier than I hoped, but it is my current journey, and it isn't all smoothly paved, and that is OKAY! 

I knew coming into this I would have an uphill climb, since my feet aren't 100%.

So, maybe it is a bump in the road, and maybe it is the end. 
I am not really sure, but I am going to stay on the road as long as I can!




Any fun weekend plans coming up? 
Are you working on your long run plan for the weekend already? 

39 comments:

  1. Ever since you mentioned Dew Point to me I'm obsessed with looking at it. We're always above the death point here so I try not to feel bad about moving like a sloth, haha!

    I am trying to work on my long run plan. I don't want to do another super long treadmill run so I might try a half and half, where I start outdoors and do the final miles on the t-mill. I did that a lot a couple of years ago and it worked well!

    I'm so sorry that your feet started burning. I really wonder if the treadmill will help. When I reach a certain point of hot/uncomfortableness in a long run under the sun everything feels 10X worse than it would if it wasn't sunny and hot out.

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    1. I know your dew point stays crazy! Repeat after me, you are a bad @ss that you survive it all the time!
      I am going to give a long a try on the TM and compare but not till I get this foot all the way calm...you never know, right. It could help me. I am always impressed you can knock out 10-15 miles on the TM. I am trying to channel that!
      I always think this run could have just been a really bad fluke because it is harder when it so hot, we will see in a few weeks!

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  2. Love the chart!! Because our dew point is often 75 (Ugh--I know!) I'm happy when I see 72. I'd be giddy with anything under 70. Here's the thing...running is hard. Triple hard in this weather. I don't think you should expect long runs to feel good or comfortable. That's why it's called endurance. We endure. Or is it just me that always suffers? LOL. Anyhoo, you ran 11 miles in this crazy heat. CONGRATS.

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    1. Thanks! I did do it and I don't have a good history with the heat so it was accomplishment.

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  3. Girl, you never stop. You are so inspiring.
    This heat - I dont see how ANYONE is running in it - its AWFUL

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    1. Thanks:) I am in too much pain right now, so I get a break from running in this mess, and honestly I don't miss it lol

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  4. Wow, humidity and dew point are things I honestly never even think about. I just checked and the current humidity is 43 and the dew point is 53! Colorado is so dry I sometimes get bloody noses and my skin drinks lotion! I hope you can figure all of this out with your feet. Frustrating I am sure. I am getting all my running, cycling and swimming in before the weekend. Heading to Winter Park and I don't have any expectations to run because I feel like a lot of wine will be happening and I would just like to have fun so will plan on 2 rest days. I don't want a groggy, painful run at 9700 feet! I always see rest as an opportunity to replenish and give my body a break. Wine is replenishing, right?!?

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    1. I would love CO :) That is why I love my Mom's house so much, the dew point sits typically between 30 and 40 - super dry :) That is good weather!
      You know I've never had a bloody nose...
      A lot of wine sounds fun to me!! and I bet the views at 9700 feet are going to amazing :)
      rest and wine are very good replenishing lol

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    2. Your mom is in MT, right? You would LOVE Colorado in summer and fall for sure. Not saying much for our winters. I mean, they are definitely winter but I have lived in worse. Where the sun does not come out for months and it's so gloomy and bitter cold. Colorado is not that way, always lots of sunshine. I like our spring but we get epic snow storms (like 4-5 feet sometimes) but it's so wet and the sun comes out the next day they are gone as quickly as they come in. I will be sure to replenish with as much wine as I can. And you are right, the views are breathtaking!

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    3. Yes, my Mom is in the north west corner, a very nice area! The mountains break the wind. It does snow but it isn't brutal like the plains. I am all about winter sun! I love being out when it's 30 degrees :) I would get sick of the snow though- I don't like running when it is slippery. I hope to get to hike one of these days in CO. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    4. You come visit me in the summer and I will come visit you in the winter!!

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  5. This has been a tough summer for running. KUdos to you for running 11 miles.I have been running 3-4.I would only run 11 right before a half marathon. That will not be until Sept.What are training for?

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  6. Darlene, my blogger is acting funny so I hope you see this...
    I have been working on rebuilding my endurance so I can TRY to marathon train LOL I am in so much pain right now I am not sure I can do it, but like I said I am undecided. This is week 1 and I am not running...lol good start huh? Richmond is in Nov.

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    1. Hope you feel better. Marathon training scares me!!

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    2. Thanks! it scares me too lol I keep telling myself i can do it - I am trying to convince my feet ;0)

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  7. Ugh... sounds like a tough run :( I hope some extra rest helps your feet.

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  8. I don't even know what the dew point is BUT I know that is one of the reasons the real feel this week was over 100 degrees! Right?? I'm sorry your feet bothered you on your run. :( I can't wait until you can figure out what works for you! Hey, if hiking on Friday is going to bother your feet too much, I could just meet you at a coffee shop! I just wanted to throw that out there because I want your feet to feel good and we will have fun no matter what we do!

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    1. Here is the blurb from my other draft I didn't publish LOL

      Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body.
      Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.

      MY foot is hurting today stilll, but it is better than yesterday. I think I will be dying to do some hiking by Friday after being off my feet all week. It is going to be so hot, but I am hoping for shade :)
      If I still hurt tomorrow I will email you and let you know! I am tired of these feet, too bad they are attached.
      yes, we will have fun :)

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    2. No prob, I know you are smart and if that means a hike it means a hike, or maybe it just means lots of caffeine!!! :)

      Thanks for schooling me on dew point! IT WAS FREAKING HOT!!!!

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    3. I promise I will decide tomorrow LOL
      It is so freaking hot - so done!!!

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  9. Maybe it's not in the stars for this year, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's out of reach forever, either. You just never know. Seriously, you have so much determination and grit that I believe that you will find a way -- maybe this year, maybe not.

    And it's okay to write downer posts. As you said, it's where you are. We all have them!

    Oh, and maybe things will get better once summer is over!

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    1. Thanks Judy. I have thought about another time, another year...maybe that will be the answer, but I worry my feet will just be worse.
      I will have to see if my feet can bounce back from this I guess. If I am able to check off the things I hope to accomplish this year, I honestly don't see myself running more 6 or 8 miles anymore ...maybe ever. I am getting tired of being in pain.
      I do have hopes when summer is over it will help!! It is usually very hot here in September so I have to hang on a few more months.

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  10. One of my clients is dealing with what might be a resurgence of a stress fracture, and to none of her fault. Sometimes, ish happens. I think what you need to do now is decide if you would like to push and risk it all for the full, or pull back and nurture the half. Or look for an awesome 10K! Sometimes, our bodies and the world are just at odds with what we want. I wish it were otherwise for you!

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    1. Thanks Susie :) I have been carefully trying to figure out what kind of load my feet can handle. I have a progressive problem with capsulitis and thinning tissue. I just want to check off the marathon goal once and I probably won't fool with distance much anymore! I don't want to get injured again so I will call it quits if I run into too much trouble.

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  11. Oh Karen! I am so sorry that you are experiencing this pain! I hope you find a shoe that works for you!

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    1. Thanks Ana!! I keep looking for the perfect shoe - I hope one is out there!

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  12. You've been such a trooper trying to battle through your foot pain!!! Like Ana said, I hope you can find a shoe that works for you, too! I completely relate to the dew point happiness graphic. Humidity just wreaks havoc on EVERYTHING, and then to add sun to the whole mix? WOW. Great job on pushing through, and way to go for keeping it together mentally!!! I've read before that on these long runs, what matters is that you cover the prescribed distance - how long it takes doesn't matter. To me, those are words to live by on those beastly long run days. And I'm also a believer that sometimes the posts that are hardest to hit "publish" on are the most important posts. It's important to keep things real - so thank you for doing staying true to yourself and being honest!!! We all go through ups and downs and we all understand!!!

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    1. Thank you Emily :)
      I really wish I could be done with this pain but it is relentless- keeps trying to steal my fun. Thanks for the support! I look forward to the input from you. I am on board now with the just get it done no matter how slow. I just want to do this once! I hope I get to share that moment with you all one day soon:)

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  13. I feel you. I ran this morning and it was the slowest 5 miles I've run in a few years. It was super humid, my legs were tired from all our adventures in northern Wisconsin, and of course, my feet hurt. I'm just going to coast for the rest of summer and come September, start training for PCB. We can sit in a corner and whine to each other about our foot issues!

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    1. The heat has been brutal. If we are moving we will call it a win.
      I am so tired of being in pain and having to smile and "adjust"...I know you are too!
      I will be glad to sit and whine lol I am excited about Dec. even if I have to walk half of it...

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  14. Congratulations on your 11 miles. That is impressive, especially in this heat. I haven't done a double digit run in forever it seems like. Normally the heat doesn't bother me but thsee last two wk have been brutal with the humidity. I struggle to get four miles in at a time.

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    1. Thanks! It has been unusually humid and muggy feeling. It may be a few weeks before I try that again lol Hopefully it'll break soon :)

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  15. You should feel good about pushing through and finishing in those awful conditions. And people run marathons at all ages so never say never. Training mentally and physically for a marathon is hard. Maybe a winter training plan would suit you better ?

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  16. You should feel good about pushing through and finishing in those awful conditions. And people run marathons at all ages so never say never. Training mentally and physically for a marathon is hard. Maybe a winter training plan would suit you better ?

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    1. These conditions may be too much for me, I am undecided right now. I love winter so I am beginning to think it is a better option :)
      I have no problem training, I just don't want to damage my feet anymore than they are, it is a progressive problem so I feel like I need to try now, but I don't want to end up in so much pain I can't walk, I am still on the fence!

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  17. 11 in heat is hard! Way to get it done even when your feet aren't happy! I love how analytical and realistic you're being about this whole process. I do hope your feet cooperate because I'd love to see you become a marathoner! Coincidentally I totally blew up my long run last week. I switched to a saltier drink but didn't notice it had way lower calories than what I usually drink. Between that, failing to eat anything beforehand and taking only half a GU, I was so dizzy after I couldn't even walk. Ugh! Live and learn!

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    1. I had high hopes I could get through the training process but I dont think it's going to happen. I feel like I have tried everything I could.
      It's hard when you try a new feul!! I am still undecided about meStrength - I feel like I should try it in more normal conditions lol you never know right - sorry the salty didn't help you more!!

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