Miles:
11454 total / 5 in 2017
Goal:

Never be 350 lbs again. Set a good example for my kids. Show others that you can lose weight and change your life. Run more ultras. Run happy.

Adamm9 ran: How did it go? Not id...

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  • 20 miles
  • 03:45 time
  • 11:15 pace
  • 2759 calories
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  • 952 ft climb
  • 197 max hr
  • 169 avg hr
    • Currently 4/5 Effort.
    effort 4/5
alright Down but not out 20 mi 03:45 11:15 pace

How did it go? Not ideal. Not even close. It was way hotter than I anticipated, and my HR was all spiking like crazy after 10 miles or so. I could not get it under control. By the time I hit 13, I was taking walk breaks to calm it down. I'd start running again, and it would go right back to 92-95%.

I can come with a lot of excuses for what happened: the heat, my nutrition, lack of water, lack of rest, etc. But ultimately, I just didn't have it today. By mile 17, I was toast. Dehydrated and dizzy, I saw the wife for water. I swear that if I had fluids in me, I would have been crying. I was an emotional wreck for the 17th mile, which I pretty much walked.

I decided to live to fight another day. Damn it, I was going to go the 20, even if I had to walk the last three miles entirely. While walking, I had a lot of time to reflect on my journey through weight loss and running, and I am going to take a long hard look at my goals (I'll blog about it later or tomorrow).

That said, I am taking away a lot of positives from this miserable run.

1 - The first 9 or so miles were great. I felt strong and in control.
2 - I started a walk 1/2 mile - run 1/2 mile regimen for miles 19-20 that actually worked pretty well. I felt strong the last 1/2 mile, which I ran at about m-pace.
3 - I completed the 20. That in and of itself is a feat.

Since I report the good, I'll report the bad.

Splits: 09:08, 09:03, 09:03, 09:05, 08:56, 09:08, 08:56, 09:00, 09:14, 09:25, 13:54 (included a break to get water from the wife), 09:49, 12:10 (wheels started to wobble), 12:11, 13:08, 13:13, 18:21 (wheels completely came off), 16:56, 11:55, 12:32

It was a tough, humbling experience. But hey, if the wheels never come off the cart, you aren't pushing hard enough.

Hope you all had a good day running. In spite of it all, I still loved the run. And that's why I'll lace up my shoes Tuesday morning, before the sun rises, to hit the road once again.

Run well, brothers and sisters.

  • James K.
    James K.

    Up until the end you had great consistant splits! There was much more good about this run than not.. I like the way you ended this entry.. Nice.

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Jim E.
    Jim E.

    It was tough out there today, way to push through.

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Suann
    Suann

    Hey, you got it done, right? Miles are miles. And no one can take them away from you! There are bad run days and good run days. These make you appreciate the good ones so much better. Chin up, you did it and that in of itself is an accomplishment.

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • John T.
    John T.

    Any extra bit of heat can be brutal on the last half of a long run. When not feeling it, always best to throttle back and survive any way you can. Lots of good positives listed. Great runs before that and more to come!

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Drew T.
    Drew T.

    We all need to be humbled every once in a while to learn more about ourselves. Way to tough it out. Even better - great attitude.

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Adamm9

    Thanks everyone! Tomorrow is another day. :)

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Bill F.
    Bill F.

    I am very impressed, most people would have called it quits. This if anything shows exactly what you are made of and you dedication to your training. I'm glad to see you are taking a positive approach to this an looking to learn from it. Finally I would rather have a Bad training day than a Bad race day...

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Crista M.
    Crista M.

    "The first 9 or so miles were great. I felt strong and in control."

    That in itself is inspirational Adam, as are you...but I think ultimately you know that already. Humbling experiences are sometimes what keep us going, and certainly what keep us human. For what it's worth, I'm proud of you!! You've come a long way, baby. ;)

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Adamm9

    Thanks Crista! It does mean a lot. Always great to have people that have known me for (god, how long? 20 years?) so long validate this transformation. So yeah, thank you. :)

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Crista M.
    Crista M.

    Holy crap. Yes, I think it has probably been at least 20 years, if not longer. Ouch. That makes my head hurt. LOL...we have definitely both been witness to a lot of change and transformation in each other's lives, and I'm grateful that we continue to keep in touch, even if sporadically so at times. :)

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Gaby
    Gaby You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Wow.. you did it, no matter how, but you did it!!!!! You are awesome Adam! :)

    almost 7 years ago