80 friggin kilometers in 1 day!!! You guys, I am so excited that I did it!! That’s more KM’s in one day than I had previously done it a week! Wow.
Total Km last week was 92.3, total time 11 h and 10 m. All in all, it was a record-breaking week for this lady!
I’m going to put this in here, and at the end of my very long post. I am running to raise money for the Food & Friends Program, run by the Children’s Foundation of Guelph & Wellington. This program ensures that all kids get at least one meal a day when school is in session. Even now, during COVID-19, the Children’s Foundation is doing their part to ensure all kids and families in need have food to eat with their “Fresh Food for Kids” program. If you can, please donate here. If you could share this with anyone you think would like to support this great cause, please share!!
I have to say, I was pretty nervous leading up to the run. There were definitely moments of self doubt and wondering what the heck I had gotten myself in to. You know those moments when you curse your own name for telling anyone you were thinking of doing something, because now if you fail people will know… ya, that was me. But secretly that’s part of the reason I do tell people what I’m thinking of doing, it holds me accountable.
Here is my breakdown of 80K
First 9K – Started out before the sun had fully risen. I got up at 4:20am so I could eat breakfast, drink coffee, and get ready to go. Falling asleep the night before was tough. I kept thinking of things I had forgotten or needed to remember, or that time when I was 12 and did something embarrassing… you know. It was nice and crisp in the morning. I did the first 9 K in the city while the sun was still working on rising. Everything felt pretty good, which helped with my confidence. My knee didn’t give me too much trouble.
Km 10 – 50 – For the second part of my run, I did a nice country loop. I paused at the house to use the bathroom and put on my backpack loaded with 2L of “Infinite Run” some gels and a Cliff bar. My knee gave me a bit of trouble in the beginning, but eventually everything fell in to place. I kept my pace between 6 and 7 minute kilometres, walking every so often to conserve energy and rest my knee. I kept a pretty good pace and, honestly, I felt pretty good. It got warmer and warmer as I ran, and eventually even my drink was grossly warm. One highlight was my friend Shawna Varganyi coming out to offer some social distance support! She brought water that was not the same temperature as my body, that was amazing! Thanks Shawna!!! I also ran past my in laws house and got to say a quick hello to Kay, that was a treat! It was also really great to have my kids run out to meet me as I completed my 2nd loop. Once I got back to the house, I restocked my pack, re-applied my sunscreen, and got prepared for the final loop.
Km 51 – 80 – This loop was the test. I have run 50 K before, so mentally I knew I could get through the beginning. Everything beyond 50 was new territory. Time has never passed more slowly than the first 5K of the second loop. It took so long to get through 5 K, my pace was consistently over 7 minutes per kilometre, which isn’t slow, but it felt like forever. My legs were tired and my feet were sore. But I kept running. After the first 5 K I thought my body had just accepted we were doing this, time started to pass more quickly, for a minute. Then the internal negotiation started. “what if I just called for a ride?” “Would anyone really blame me if I didn’t finish 80K, I mean, it’s getting really hot.” “I think my legs are chaffing, do my legs even chaff? What’s going on here? I should stop.” And so on, and so on. My gels started to get too sweet, I ate them anyways. My drink was hot, and unappealing, I drank it anyways. After 15 K, when I only had 15 left to go, I started to feel like I might be sick at some point. The front strap of my pack was pressing on my stomach just enough to make me hate it. I walked more, and even my run started to feel like a shuffle. But I kept going. When I got close to my house, I still needed 2 more Km, so instead of turning toward my house and rest, I had to turn away and keep running. I contemplated crying, but figured I needed o conserve the moisture. Finally, I got to head home. My kids ran out to meet me and I had to brace myself so we wouldn’t all fall over when they hugged me. I sat on the front porch, took off my pack, and sat in the satisfaction that I had just run 80K.
Weird thing, after running 80K, the last thing I wanted to do was eat. It took a couple hours before I could even swallow tortilla chips. I had Chips from the Fat Duck for dinner, that made my life! And I finally ate my overnight oats at like 9pm.
All in all, a successful day!!!
To wrap this up, I want to take a minute and remind everyone why I am running 80K in the heat. And why there will be more of these big runs to come this summer. It’s not just that I love to do difficult things. I am running to raise money for the Food & Friends Program, run by the Children’s Foundation of Guelph & Wellington. This program ensures that all kids get at least one meal a day when school is in session. Even now, during COVID-19, the Children’s Foundation is doing their part to ensure all kids and families in need have food to eat with their “Fresh Food for Kids” program. I am happy to keep running, and raising awareness of the need in our community. All kids deserve to have enough to eat. We need to do what we can to make this a reality. If you can, please donate here. If you could share this with anyone you think would like to support this great cause, please share!!
Everyone stay safe, be well, and be kind!