This morning I did my first Long Run. It did not go particularly well although I managed to run 35 Km ( that’s a bit less than 22 miles) at a reasonable overall pace.
It was not raining when I started but it was fairly cold. 8 degrees but felt like 3 with the wind factor taken into account. Probably this is quite a good temperature to run a marathon but it still felt cold.
My plan was to run the first 14 Km by myself and then meet Mi Chan who would run the next 21 Km with me. I stopped and had a gel and some water when I met her.
I ran reasonably well for a while and had another gel at 24km. It started to rain reasonably hard but that did not last so that was a plus.
Unfortunately I started to feel tired and a bit hungry at 29 Km and stopped for another gel.
By 30 Km I was struggling and seemed to run out of energy. I lacked the will power to keep going and again stopped at 32km ( 20 miles) for some water. The last 3 Km were a real struggle. Mi chan helped me a lot by jogging next to me chanting one/two, one /two over and over !!!
Felt miserable when I finished. I have a very long way to go and I wonder after today’s poor effort if I can really run a marathon.
Weight 64.1. (141 pounds). Thats my weight when I was at school!