Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Grand Experiment Has Begun

Today marks the first day of my grand experiment with running. We each need to figure out what works for us...we are each an experiment of one. (Apologies to George Sheehan.)

I am at the end of my first day of this personal experiment. I'll try to share my thoughts every day here in the blog, but I'm not going to post running statistics here. That would be boring and redundant. Here you'll find my thoughts and feelings. The stats will be recorded and posted to my DailyMile site. You can go there and track my miles, time, pace, cadence, heart rate, efficiency, weather, elevation, etc. Here you'll find my feelings. In about 3 weeks, I'll share the actual experiment...rules, rationale, intention, hopes, goals, dreams. For now, look at my DailyMile posts, check out this blog, and hypothesize on what the hell I'm doing...and why.

At the end of this first day, I am pooped.  Just dead tired. I ended my evening jaunt feeling incredibly thirsty, hungry, fatigued, and "uncomfortable." Kind of like how I feel around the 25 mile mark of a 50km race. At that point you "only" have 10km left, but it ain't going to be easy. You look for the next aid station. Hydration and calories dominate your thought process. One foot in front of the other...repeat. Don't stop.

I'm satisfied after day one, but feeling a bit sad that I feel so damn tired after a fairly short run.

My improvement tip for tomorrow? Drink more water during the day and right before I run. I'll still take a standard 20oz bottle with me on the run, but that clearly wasn't enough today.  I think I'm dehydrated. "Drink to thirst" is a great motto...if you have access to water!

PS:  My most recent DailyMile log shows up on this blog on the right sidebar.


Nazzer said...

I don't know how I feel about the whole "explaining the experiment after its over" it feels like an awful tease. But as a writing technique, I think I may be hooked.

Chris said...

It is a tease...part of my master plan!!!