With two bottles of water + nuun tablets in them, a new Torq banoffee energy gel and bus/tube/train pass in my pocket just in case, I headed out for a 30km run this afternoon.
I ran the first 6km with the Mr, when he turned towards home I ran over Putney Bridge and continued along the Thames to Barnes Bridge. It is so nice to run along the Thames – there’s no traffic, there are interesting houses from brown 70s monstrosities to fancy white townhouses, there are boat races on the water with lots of cheering, there are riverside pubs with smells and sounds of people relaxing on a Saturday afternoon.
Having crossed Barnes Bridge I started running towards home again. After a while I checked my distance for the first time – it was almost 20km. I sucked down the banoffee gel. It was easy to swallow but quite yucky tasting 😐 I also popped in my headphones and turned on music. The path was full of cyclists and dog walkers and other runners, the sun started to set but it still felt like a spring day.
At 22km I was back at Putney Bridge and now on the “home stretch”. I wasn’t sure about the exact distance of my loop in the beginning but from there I knew the distance home and that I wasn’t going to have to do a massive detour to get to 30km by the time I reached home 🙂
At 27km I considered a break in the bushes but decided to see how long my digestion would hold. My long runs are mostly about my digestion – my legs are strong, my mind is strong but my stomach is a bit sensitive 😐 I have had some bread this week and even a spoonful of ice cream (I was desperate – nauseous from a head cold and just wanted something cold to cool my tummy) so it’s no surprise that I started feeling a few ‘alarm bells’ after this distance.
After 28km though I was going strong and I didn’t want the run to end! All of a sudden the runner’s high totally hit big time, I was thinking of all the years I hated living in my own (chubby) skin and I laughed – I think I actually laughed out loud for the last km home and when Runmeter said 30km I was so close to punching the air! I was on a crowded street so I restrained myself 🙂 I kept running until I got home and honestly I have not felt so “high” from running in a long time 🙂
Then I had a shower and went to the kitchen and felt like this: