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My work schedule and the weather finally aligned for me to do my first five hour marathon training session yesterday.

And it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It’s true that I’m feeling the 26.2 miles of pavement a little bit today, but for the most part the run was a success.

Having intermediate goals throughout the workout (60 minutes for each of the 5.25 mile laps), but not having any specific plan on how to meet those goals, let me go back and forth between analytical problem solving mode (“Ok… how’s my pacing so far this lap? Is this a good time to take a walking break? How’s my fluid/calorie intake? What do I have to do right now to stand a better chance of meeting my lap goal?”) and simply running without thinking about anything. If I had been focusing too much on hyper-specific goals, I’m sure it would have been a lot more mentally draining. Good practice for my upcoming Umstead attempt. Sometimes concentrate, sometimes cruise….

My data are as follows:

Lap 1: 59:39 (HR: 123)

Lap 2: 58:41 (HR: 129)

Lap 3: 58:43 (HR: 133)

Lap 4: 59:20 (HR: 136)

Lap 5: 58:36 (HR: 139)

I’m glad I was able to come close to meeting my goal pace on each of the laps, but I’d like to do a little better next time.

Lessons Learned:

  • I found out that (at least under cool temps and on a flat course) I’m capable of taking in 28 oz of fluid and 250 calories an hour (all calories from Tailwind) without even the slightest hint of stomach distress.

New Questions:

  • Could I bump that 250 calories an hour up to 275 or 300?
  • My eyes felt really dry the evening after the run. (It was a slightly breezy day, but I wore sunglasses throughout.) Would using eye drops during the run help?
  • That average HR increase over the last two laps is kinda ugly. Anything I can do (besides more training) to keep that better in check?
  • How close could I come to meeting lap time goals only checking my watch just once or twice (or perhaps even zero times) during a lap?