Bad Idea

So. Running 16 miles (even in the cold) without water turned out to be not a good idea.

17 | felt like 8 | 7 MPH WSW
18 | felt like 11 | 5 MPH WSW

1 | 09:30
2 | 09:55 | 19:25
3 | 09:51 | 29:16
4 | 09:49 | 39:06
5 | 09:27 | 48:34
6 | 09:30 | 58:05
7 | 09:20 | 1:07:26
8 | 09:41 | 1:17:07
9 | 10:10 | 1:27:18 (up big steep hill)
10 | 09:48 | 1:37:06
11 | 10:12 | 1:47:19
12 | 09:47 | 1:57:06
13 | 09:45 | 2:06:52
14 | 10:04 | 2:16:57
15 | 09:58 | 2:26:56
16 | 10:03 | 2:36:59
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16.07 miles | 2:37:37 | 9:49/mi.

This run was just really blah. I don't really know why it was so slow - I really didn't feel that slow! And I thought I'd picked it up after the turnaround, with the exception of the big hill I had to run up. There were some other, smaller hills that I did slow a bit on, but still. I ran from my house out past the park where the "trail race of doom" is held, and the shoulders were pretty cleared of snow and ice.

The lack of water didn't really seem to be a factor until the very end, at which point I was kind of tempted to go eat snow. I didn't though - gross! I ended up drinking a lot of water once I got back home. I don't think the lack of gels or whatever (my first time running 16 without anything) made a difference, but it's hard to say since I was also lacking water.

The temperature was pretty nice. I enjoyed only wearing one layer of pants; I think my stride has been getting thrown off by being so puffy, so I'm looking forward to shorts for more than one reason. I also really liked not having cold hands. I started out with my glove/mittens over my light gloves, but changed to one layer within the first few miles.

Sad that it took me as long to run 14 miles as it did to run 15 on the treadmill last weekend, but still nice to get in a run of good length.