I could have named this post "20 mile fail," but instead of focusing on what did not happen, I will say I put in 16 miles. They were hilly and at a mile above sea level. I returned to altitude (after a long hiatus away) less than 48 hours ago. I thought I could whip out 20 miles without much effort. I was wrong. After 10 good miles, I started to drag. After 13, I knew I had to cut it short. And I am totally OK with that. I will run some medium runs to (kind of) make up for it and off I go!
Question: What is the first thing you do when you get home after a long run?
I ask because when I am running, I dream about the food waiting for me when I get home, but usually I make a dash for the bathroom, hop in the shower, change into comfy clothes, and then make my way to the kitchen, make sure I drink a ton of water, and eat. Then I stretch. It seems that even though the thoughts of food get me through the run, the shower always prevails.