I just finished up a 4 mile run that felt like 14 miles. It was about 34 minutes, so my pace was roughly 8:30/mile. However, it was a struggle from the outset. I haven't had a carbohydrate enter my body since Sunday and I think this full week of working out and running finally depleted my glycogen level to zero. I really had no energy. I was clearly running and fueling on my secondary system, the fats.
Some runners have abandoned the high carb diets of the past and turned to high proteins and fats to fuel them. I'm not doing that. I just want to drop a few pounds, get the sugar out of my body, and clean up heading into this racing season.
Tomorrow and Sunday are welcomed rest days. I will be interested to see how the run goes on Monday and Tuesday.
On a super important side note, I ran in the 30 degree weather today and survived! I am thinking that I may finally be pushing past my wimp-ness.