It seems to be my standard, although I never plan on it. Bluff Creek gets me into shape, and Hefner Lake is the test to see if I am back in shape yet (although twice around Bluff Creek is quite the challenge, too). Yesterday, I found myself back at Hefner Lake to test out the endurance muscles.
I was a little skeptical because, other than the last couple 3-4 mile Bluff Creek trail runs, I hadn't done much running for over a month. But the weather was perfect, and I had the time. Only problem: I had had no fluids that morning except for some coffee when I woke up.
I don't know what I was thinking, but when I stopped at 7-11 for gas, and realized I hadn't eaten breakfast either, I bought a Rice Krispy treat--AND MORE COFFEE!!!
I guess it was just an addictive behavior. When I finally realized how dumb I was for not having bought something different to drink, I just concluded that I would stop and drink water from each of the fountains around the Lake. Another problem: They still hadn't turned the water on since winter!
Oh well, I thought, I will walk until I am done sipping my coffee and then I would just go for it. I took about a mile to finish my coffee (nice, fast-paced walk) and then I went for the other 8 1/2 miles. Everything was fine, although I didn't even try to keep track of my speed. I made it (with plenty of energy), and other than feeling slightly dehydrated, I was okay.
But I still must hold to my belief that man cannot run on coffee alone.