Today was my final 20-mile run leading up to the HITS Naples Full triathlon. It was a struggle to get out of the door, and a struggle to stay out. It is December 22 and it was 70 degrees in NYC today, so there was no excuse not to do the run. I originally planned a ride to Bear Mountain, but didn’t leave early enough. Looking over my schedule, I decided the run was more important, so run it was.
I tried to really nail my nutrition this run. I was right on in terms of intake, using First Endurance EFS shots of Kona Mocha at :45, 1:25, 2:05, and 2:45. The first 11 miles were outside – over the Queens bridge, into Brooklyn, over the Williamsburg bridge, and home for water. I didn’t carry any and I needed it badly. The second half was a struggle again, but my negotiation was to do it on the treadmill so I could drink.
Pace was around 8:20/mile average, and distance was over 20 miles, but the treadmill stopped once so I lost the exact number.
In all, tough run mentally but this was huge confidence builder for me in my final week of hard training.