My legs were stiff and sore this morning from yesterday's ride, so I didn't have high expectations for my long run this morning. Surprisingly, everything went well. I held a steady pace and felt pretty good the whole time. My legs got tired around mile 12, but not so bad I had to slow down or cut my run short.
The only thing that didn't go according to plan was when I had to backtrack to find my gel flask that fell out of my pocket and I forgot to track how much extra distance I added. I guessed and guessed wrong so my run went a little long. I was almost at 18 miles when I passed my apartment so I kept running a few minutes to end with an even 18 miles. It was a good run.
Distance: 18 miles
Ave HR: 140
I've been thinking about why I had such a bad ride yesterday, and I think part of the reason is sodium. When I met Cheri at Fireman's Park, I was covered in salty sweat. My shoulders were white and when I wiped the sweat off my forehead my hand was covered salt. I don't know if I sweat out more sodium than the average person, but I think I might lose enough to need sodium supplements during long rides. I'm going to give that a try next Saturday and see if that helps.
Lately, my long runs have been going much better than my long rides. Originally, my focus for the IM was the bike, but the past few weeks it's been changing to the run and what I need to do to have a good run. I'm caring less and less about my bike split time and more about my run split.