Oh well...you learn and get better every time. This time you may have been a bit off but really you can blame Todd more than anything
Last night I ran home from work (13.5k) and then tacked an extra 3.5k on at the end for 17k. Because of the race I missed my weekend long run, so this took its place.
It was a really tough run, mostly due to getting only five hours sleep the previous night, and because it was very hot and sunny out, 25C. It was -10ish just a few weeks ago. It went right from hovering around freezing to +20 very quickly and I am just not acclimatized to the heat yet. Running along the longest stretch in my route was like running in a desert... all low-rise buildings, no trees, and for one stretch, just fields. It's pretty hilly too, but that doesn't bother me.
I got to the 13.5k mark (home) and stopped, thinking I had done enough. But after walking for a couple minutes I had renewed energy and did the last leg of my planned run.
I averaged just over 6 minutes per km for the whole thing (including walking for a few minutes), which isn't bad because given the heat, I really took it easy to make sure I'd make it home ok. I think heat stroke was a real possibility and it was more important to finish it than to go really fast.
I've got a couple shorter runs planned for Thursday and Friday (8-10k), with Saturday off, and then 20k for Sunday.