Yesterday I did my usual morning workout, a 10 mile run with 1800ft of climbing up to 9200ft altitude. I ran it in 1:27 (8:42 pace) and an average HR 144. This has been pretty much the usual. This was relaxed and pretty easy.
Today however I wore my Camelbak with this in it:
No, that's not heroine. It's 4 bags of lead shot and a bag full of sand. With the pack it hit 10 pounds. The run results: 10 miles in 1:35 with an average HR of 151 and my legs are pretty beat up.
So by carrying 10 extra pounds I ran 8 minutes slower with an average HR 7 beats higher plus my legs are beat up. And this was just 10 miles, put that in to context with a 50k or a 50 miler or an Ironman. And I feel that this 10 pounds of extra weight probably had much less of an impact on me than it would a less fit runner...
A diet and nutrition post(s) to follow shortly. This is the start though. I have almost nothing written down so the posts will be off the top of my head mostly and since I'm horrible at grammar, writing, sitting, focusing, typing and congealing my thoughts... bear with me.