Out the door by 6 am!!! That was my major accomplishment. I had an 18 mile run today (this also was an accomplishment) and the current temperature here is:
I had to get my run done early and be home before school starts. So the goal was to give myself from 6-8:30. According to my training plan the goal was 18 miles at 8 minute mile pace. If I was feeling really good I was going to go for a steady state long run pace which would be 7:45 or so.
This made me super happy. 18 miles, no headphones, out by 6 am!!!!! I felt great until about mile 15 …then it was a bit more of a struggle for sure.
I also officially have the best husband! First he fixed my watch to say my current mile pace as opposed to the current pace I am going. Then he brought 2 water bottles to the track for me last night (I don’t do 18 miles on the track…but I run past there several times and is a good spot for my water) so they would be there during my run. I hate carrying water and this way I don’t have to. I just have to say it….he is awesome!
Now onto the part that didn’t go quite as well….fueling! I have in the past used chews because the few kinds of gels that I have tried did not sit well with me. I wanted to try gels again though because I don’t feel like I eat enough of the chews.
So yesterday I picked up a few that were all natural hoping they would be easier on the stomach. (I got chews to as a back-up).
I am glad I got the back-up! I didn’t mind the grape pomegranate carb boom…it was actually okay…I just can’t imagine having more than 1! For today’s run I did about 1/2 a gel and 1/2 a bag of chews. It was okay…but I am not totally happy with it. maybe I will get used to the gels if I keep using them. Having the water at a central location and not having to carry it was perfect!
All in all, I am very happy with the way that run went.
I picked up the almond butter from Trader Joe’s yesterday since I was up there (up there is West Des Moines which is where all the good stores are and about 35 minutes away) getting my gels. We were in a hurry though so I had about 15 minutes in Trader Joe’s….not long enough!!!I am sure only having 15 minutes saved us money though :)!!!
Tomorrow’s run is a total recovery run.
PS> While I was on my headphoneless long run I thought of a great idea that I am going to be asking your help with tomorrow!!!!!
Who has a long run this weekend?
What do you fuel with?–help me with this!…I need ideas!
Almond butter…like or not like?