After having a restless nights sleep I packed up my gear and headed to our local state park following work to run my 18 mile long run for the week. Part of my motivating factor was to free my Saturday morning and allow me to do some things with my family.
I arrived at the park at 3:15pm and within 20 minutes I was changed and geared up to go. My plan was to do two 9 miles loops starting at the bottom lake and working my way to the top of the mountain and back down. There is a part in this trail that the mountain seems to have a section that no air travels through. The air is always thicker in this section and for this the temps seem a bit higher. It was here that the demons jumped on my back and started their work. As hard as I tried to shack them I just could not. By the time I made it to the top I was exhausted and very hot! The lack of sleep was a big factor and one I could not ignore.
As I made my way back down I was just gassed. No other way to say it. I was just tired and needed sleep. Once back at the car I made the decision to go home, take a short nap, and then finish the run on the road near my house.
At 7:30pm I stepped outside to finish what I had started. I had napped and felt a little better.... until 3 or so miles into it. Stomach cramps. It was awful and the demons jumped right back on beginning their work again. At one point I stood in a sprinkler in someones yard just to cool off. To be honest I wanted to cry... and that pissed me off. This run had to end.
By the time I arrived home, showered, and went for supper it was 9pm. I could not believe this and I was feeling low.
After returning home from dinner Scott and I rode the route to determine the mileage.
Trails: 9 miles 11:40 pace (1hr, 45 minutes) This included some walking
Road: 7 miles 8:43 pace (1hr, 1 minutes) This included the sprinkler break
So I had set out for 18 and in the end had 16 but this morning I enjoyed sleeping in until 8am and having my morning coffee at home.