I know the "long run" has been hailed as the bread and butter of marathon training, but it sure can be a pain in the ass to do. Such was my experience yesterday morning. First, I had to regulate the beer consumption Saturday night. We were at the beach for the weekend, so that was really a bummer. Next, ya have to get up EARLY to beat the heat. I was up at 4:30 AM, and running by 4:50.....in the dark, down streets shared with drivers who DID NOT regulate their beer consumption. So I survived Sunday morning NASCAR, only to be greeted by our friend the Sun, at around 6 AM.
Even running slow, read 9 minute miles, it gets hot quick when the Sun shows up. Around 7 AM, I'm having to drink Powerade every 2 miles to keep up with my water losses.
But I got it done. 18 miles for this week's long run. Those last 3 were pretty tough. I'm hoping cooler weather this fall might help make these long ones get easier.