Yesterday I ran the furthest I've run since February. But, to be completely honest, I didn't even run the entire distance. I made a few rookie mistakes. Although I've been running for a few years now, I was never much of a runner while living in Upstate NY, especially not in the humidity. Most of my early running days took place in the wonderful San Diego, where humidity is not a factor. I had a dry mouth all morning, and tried to drink more water, but was definitely not appropriately hydrated before my run.
When I woke up it was cloudy and 77 degrees, beautiful running weather. Rather than taking advantage of the weather, I sat around the house reading and playing airport mania on my iphone. Finally around 11:30, I mustered up the motivation to get my run done. By now, the clouds had burned off and it was a beautiful 85 degree day with close to 80% or higher humidity. ( now I know that seems like a slight breeze to anyone in more humid conditions but it's still not pleasant.)
I mapped out a 6 mile loop, that I hoped would have some shade, but it didn't have much. Once I made it to 3 miles, I walked for .44 to allow my heart rate to slow down just a bit. I was already very thirsty and now three miles away from home. Once I got running again, I felt okay until the last mile. By then I started to get goosebumps, which I could only guess was not a good sign, so I stopped running. I walked the remaining mile back to my parents house.
Obvious mistakes made that I will correct for next week's 6 miler
1. Not properly hydrating at least the day before my run Fix: Drink more water (duh)
2. Waiting until too late to get started - Fix: wake up and run earlier ( I'm unemployed it shouldn't be that hard.)
3. Not running with water - Fix - Stash some small water bottles in the neighborhood before my run or bring back the camelback and water belt. ( choices, choices)
All is well that ends well, so it's not a big deal that my first long run was a disaster. It will just make crossing the finish line at the half & full more rewarding that I stuck the training out.
Here is the link for my training plan for the Goofy Challenge. The first four weeks are pretty light, building up my endurance a bit before the more serious training starts. I am by no means a professional, and have not ever completed Disney's goofy challenge, so I have no idea if this will work. Use/Compare with caution.