Ugnhhh. That's all I can say. Today's 12 mile run was the worst run I've had during the entire training program. And no, it wasn't my knee. I had severe stomach pain that almost caused me to stop mid-run.
It was cloudy and breezy, temps in the high 50s, which should have been perfect weather. The first three miles my knee did hurt, but it wasn't unmanageable, and felt okay. I don't think it will be an issue for the marathon. I had a side cramp, and stomach cramp (yes, that's two different cramps). I put it down to eating too soon before running. I had an omelet at about 1:00, and ran at 2:30, so I figured that was plenty of time, but perhaps I was wrong.
So after that, my stomach started feeling progressively worse. With each mile I felt much worse. I wanted to throw up, just to make myself feel better, but just suffered on, mile by mile. I was doubled over, couldn't even stand up straight, and my form just fell apart in the last two or three miles. The last 2 miles were well over 11 minute pace. It was all I could do to just keep running. I wanted to walk at 10 miles, but talked myself into running another mile. Then I wanted to stop at 11 miles, but talked myself into running the last mile since there was only one left- well, jogging it really, slogging along, just barely moving- at least that's how it felt. I stopped drinking because my stomach felt too full, and I thought drinking would just add to that overful feeling. I only drank about 3-4 oz the entire 12 miles. I wonder now if that could have been adding to the stomach issue. Perhaps I should have drank more and it would have helped. Well, if it happens again I'll try it. But for sure, I'm not eating a big meal before I run, not ever again! Something small is all I need.
After the beginning miles, my legs felt okay, not too sore or tired, except the last two miles when my form fell apart. I could tell my form was causing some knee pain, but I still couldn't straighten my body out. But in general, my fitness is there, and I could tell the 12 miles would have felt good, had it not been for that damn stomach issue.
For tonight, I can't even stand the thought of food. As we speak, I'm drinking a cup of tea, trying to settle my stomach. I need to buy some Tums next time I go shopping. I sure hope this is only related to my eating habits today.
Here's hoping that this does NOT happen in two weeks on Marathon Day!