April 12, 2010

Dehydration, part two

Immediately after the finish of Hillsboro-Roubaix, when I felt like death warmed over, my only thoughts were "How in the hell am I going to run 20 miles tomorrow?" The Illinois Marathon is just three weeks away and this weekend was my last long training run before I begin to taper. Fortunately I recovered fairly well throughout the rest of the day and that night. When I woke up Sunday morning (after 10 hours of sleep) I didn't feel completely terrible--almost like I could actually do the run.

I started running just after 8am. I definitely didn't feel fresh, but I felt way better than I expected after the previous day in hell. The temperature was still cool (58F), but it didn't feel cool to me. Just one mile in I was contemplating taking off my shirt. Ugh, here we go again. I had water with me and I drank regularly. I had chia gel (which is mostly water) with me and I ate regularly. It wasn't enough.

I stopped back by home after nine miles to fill up my water bottle and drink a half liter of Gatorade. I went back out with a tank top, a new (dry) hat, and a soon-to-be-saturated wrist band to mop up some of the excess sweat. The temperature rose and I became more and more uncomfortable. What was I doing? I ran out of water at 14 miles, at the farthest point away from home.

I cut the run short... but not because of the dehydration. On top of the thirst I also experienced quite possibly the worst chaffing I've ever had while running. I don't know how or why this happened, but I could do nothing about it. Every step was agony. One mile from home I drank for minutes at a water fountain on campus then I limped the rest of the way home. I felt refreshed. My legs actually felt no worse after 18 miles than they did at the start, which was one positive thing I can say about that run. The only other positive thing was that I covered most of the marathon course, including the one part I had never seen before. So now there can be no race-day surprises out on the course.

I spent the rest of the day eating and drinking everything in sight. My dad was nice enough to come over to help watch William while Melissa was running, because I couldn't keep my eyes open. This was one of the more exhausting weekends I can remember, though my actual workouts weren't that hard. The heat just got to me. I need to lock this down, otherwise this summer will be downright miserable.


FFF said...

Chia Gel... I eat Chi seeds in my yogurt and cereal during "training season" but never thought of carrying them (in any format!) during a run...

Do you pre-gel them and use a fuel-belt style flask? Can't wrap my mind around the logistics of this...

Ragfield said...

Yes, that's exactly what I do. I pre-mix the seeds with water, sugar, & lemon juice, then refrigerate overnight, then scoop it into a gel flask and carry it with me.


It's not quite as potent as, say, Hammer Gel... but it's much easier on my stomach and more refreshing.

amypfan said...

This sounds absolutely, agonizingly terrible.