And I've decided that I'll increase my base mileage for the remaining of January and officially start training in February with an official training schedule!!!
(I've downloaded one from Runner's World website and I'm gonna get it print out and stick it onto my board at work....so it'll appear cooler!!! or at least official!)
Anyway, I just completed my long run for the week.....all 17km of it!!! (at least according to my Nike+ but with "internal" calibration and all, it's more like 14km)
Honestly, I think I just committed a faux pas by doing 2 long runs this week 3 days apart.
My first long run of 15km (after sort-of calibration, roughly about 12-13km) was on Monday which went pretty well.
I then ran about 8km on Tuesday, 6km on Wednesday.
Was feeling pretty "normal" about it all.....
I mean, afterall......my usual daily runs were around 6-8km and when I feel really up to it I'll do a 10km run.
So I figured I didn't really need that much rest in between coz I didn't feel tired.....in fact I felt pretty perky and zestful! (then again that is my usual self)
So this morning, woke up earlier to fuel up and prep myself up for 17km...second long run for the week.
--> I reckon by now you guys would "self-calibrate" my distance by yourself, so I'll just state the distance as recorded by Nike+.
I even prepared my mid-run isotonic drink (prepared 1:1 ratio of 100-plus and water) and placed it outside the gate to my house so that I can grab a quick drink mid-run!!!!
(I figured to cover enough distance, I'd turn back halfway through my run through 3 different neighbourhoods)
Anyway, the first half of the run went pretty smoothly. I kept a steady pace and my legs didn't feel heavy or tired. At around 10km into the run (where I should have turned back to grab my drink) I decided not to turn back home and continue running that stretch of road.
I could feel the lethargy all over.....not just the legs and all I could think about was to quit this stupid run and hit the showers!
But I persevered.......and I could feel my form deteriorating.
Also I could feel blister forming at the base of the arch of my left foot!!!
I figured I could outrun it.....I mean I had run in more painful situations....how could a mere blister destroy me!?
(yes I know..... arrogance during running is becoming a recurring theme)
I completed 17km.....I survived......well, barely!
I could hardly walk without pain at the end of it!
When I took off my socks, I was kinda taken aback by the sheer size of the blister formed at the sole of my left foot!!!! (I thought it was gonna be teeny-weeny size)
I was so dehydrated that I chugged litres of water and isotonic drinks that I spend the next 2 hours running to the toilet!! (ok....more like limping to the toilet than running)
And now I'm wiped out!!! I feel so crap!!!! I feel like napping the whole day!!!!
I am humbled by the fact that my body cannot be willed just by the mind itself. Apparently the physical limitations are very limiting!!!!!
Hopefully I've learned my lesson (cannot push body too far too fast) and take tomorrow morning off.
Hopefully I wouldn't think that simply running in another pair of runners would help......
Hopefully I'd sleep really early today and eat really well tomorrow....
Why do I get a bad feeling that it is exactly the opposite of what I would do tomorrow morning! Sigh.
Will keep you posted on more stupidity that I could churn out!