I'm training for my next HM in March (Bath) and yesterday was my longest long run before I start dropping the K's back a bit for long runs. Yesterday I actually covered 21k as at the last minute I had to change my route a bit. I have always been a bit of a run/walker but yesterday I found the last 5k a real struggle. I think it may have been a combination of tiredness, head wind and hills.
Now the question... was there any benefit in this run (going that far)?? Whilst the last section of the run was not good I did find it useful to push myself to test out my stamina, fueling, hydration, kit etc. I know during the race itself it will be tough, but I know the crowd factor will help. My new shoes and DexShell socks worked perfectly and my feet were warm and dry although I had light rain for my complete run. I also discovered how far I am away from even thinking about a full marathon. Today I feel OK and will be off to the gym tomorrow as normal which will include a few K's.
So, was I a bit of a wally... or is it good to test yourself now and again as long as you don't get injured???