Hello old friend. I haven't seen you in years. You make my calves and feet hurt.
Just kidding... about a 10 mile run being my friend. The pain is real, though. I haven't run 10 miles in a day in a few years. My running group goes out every Saturday and does a long run together except when there is a race. I have been running with this group since August 2010 and this was the first time I did the long run with them. Late bloomer I guess.
I needed this. If I was trying to run this by myself, I would have done one of two things and possibly both. First, I wouldn't have run this fast. I would have averaged at least a minute slower per mile pace. Second, I probably would have given up after 7 miles.
There were water and Gatorade stops at different points along the way and that helped tremendously. I stopped at all of them. They lasted 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, and 2 minutes. The first break was like a warmup stop a little after a mile. There were 7 runners in our group. We split up into 10 mile and 12 mile groups at the first break. 3 of us stuck together for the 10 mile run. The second pit stop helped me catch my breath around the 4 mile mark. Within half a mile, I told the other 2 guys that I was going to slow down a little and for them to keep going. I didn't want to slow them down. By the time we hit the next break around 7 miles, I was about 300 meters behind them. I was toast at this point. I drank up and stretched for a total of 7 minutes. It was a little too long of a rest, because my legs felt a little stiff when I started up again. I tried to keep up the pace, but could not do it. I made my way about a mile and a half to the next water break, which I didn't see until I was right on top of it. My left calf was cramped at that point. I knew I only had a little more to go, so I pushed on.
Because I was tired and my calf was hurting, I started to alter my form for the worse. I am a fore foot striker and started pushing my feet forward into the ground with each step. This made my toes start hitting the fronts of my running shoes. Not good, because I can feel the two long ones starting to bruise. As I type, they are already turning red. They'll probably be purple by tonight and black tomorrow. Good bye toenails in a couple weeks. All in all, I have 2 bruised toes and 3 blisters. One of the blisters was filled with blood. Those are always cool. I am of the faith that popping them as soon as possible is the best medicine by relieving the pressure and therefore ridding the body of pain.
I plan on heading to Track Shack today sometime and signing up for next Saturday's race - Season's 52 Park Avenue 5.2k. It is my first time running this race and since the distance is just over 5k, I am guaranteed a PR!!!
Summary of today's long run... 10 miles. 1:41 total time on the road. 17 minutes spent at water breaks. Total run time: 1:24 which is an average pace of 8:24.