We have just finished a little experiment! It was a “do-everything-as-you-would-on-race-day” experiment and the results were promising which is good news! We decided that today’s scheduled training run of 9.5 miles should be done as late in the day as (safely) possible to try to get us used to the experience of running at night. Whilst it wasn’t quite the 10pm “all-nighter” experience we will be having at Wine and Dine, we did do a late evening run which started at 7pm whilst it was still light and ended at 9pm in complete darkness!
As well as running late in the day we also tried to eat similar foods to what we will be eating in the run up to Wine and Dine to see if our bodies felt ok with the things/amount we would be eating. Last night we had a pork stir fry with noodles (similar to some things we may be able to get in Tokyo dining in EPCOT). Then for lunch today we had our chicken and rice (as we are thinking of having a rice-based dish for lunch on race day) and then to finish at about 5pm we had a chicken and swiss cheese sandwich (similar to the kind of sandwiches they sell in the Quick Service restaurant at our hotel). We were feeling really good as we got ready to do our run – full of energy but not feeling too full of food if you know what I mean!
We set off from our car at 7pm and got back just after 9pm. The run took 2 hours and 1 minute! All in all, it was a good experience and we felt good throughout – we took a clif shot at about mile 3.5 which gave us a nice kick of energy for the second half of the run. The only real problem with this run was that we THOUGHT the promenade was lit all along but in actuality there were some pretty long stretches that weren’t lit and running these in the pitch black was a bit hairy. Gideon actually had to get his iPhone out at one point and hold it up with the torch on whilst running because it was that black. Thankfully the path is smooth and there weren’t many other people around but it did feel a little bit like something out of a horror movie in places!!
The weather was good to begin with but when we were in the last third of the run it started to spit a little (which was lovely and refreshing) but as we got to the last 1.5 miles it absolutely hammered down for about 10 minutes causing us to stop and actually put on our raincoats (which luckily we had decided to take with us and tied round our waste). I actually think it spurred us on a little though in that last section as we just wanted to get back to the car as fast as possible and out of the rain!
Overall the experiment went well but i’m not sure we’d be repeating it purely because of the lighting issue on the path. Unless we can find a fully lit place to do our long runs we will probably stick to doing them in the day time.
Still – pretty ecstatic that we just ran 9.5 miles!! Never thought that would have happened this time last year!!! The legs are going to feel it tomorrow!