Today I experienced “the empty tank” during my 14 mile long run. The empty tank is not fun. It’s not recommended, and I will NOT do it again. Unfortunately, I experienced a bit of an upset stomach from the result of something I ate yesterday. As a result, my stomach wasn’t up to par for dinner last night, and I fell asleep on the couch pretty early since I felt so crummy. Thankfully, most upset stomachs are short-lived, and this one was too. The bad part is that the only true fuel I had for my long run today was the cereal I ate before I took off for FLSP. Well, let me tell you something. Cereal only lasted for the first 6 or 7 miles, and I was in need of something to keep me going. Fortunately, I had my sports beans to refuel with, but unfortunately, they too have a lack of staying power.
My run today was a solid one, with good conversation, and good friends, but my running performance quickly took a hiatus after hitting 10 miles. The empty tank actually caused me to walk portions of the last four miles. While I am happy I got the distance in, I now know better than to run on no dinner. Even those of us that have been running for a while have lessons to learn. Here’s to 14 miles that are DONE!
Live. Love. Run. Passionately!