Last night, I set everything I needed aside. Had my shoes, running outfit, and glucose tablets ready to go (a blood sugar boost of 30-40 calories per 2 miles is what you should aim for) . Then, after getting dressed this morning, I discovered I had only one tablet left. NOOO!!! Fortunately my brain was apparently awake enough to do some quick thinking and fill the rest of my container with rock sugar from Teavana.
Teavana rock sugar
Because of the way this sugar is made, these act like hard candy and were perfect for my run. Still, I need to get myself some Honey Stingers. Once I was set, I was out the door.
The sun was not entirely up...just starting to rise. I started off with a quiet run. Since I am not entirely comfortable running when it is mostly dark, I wanted to keep my ears completely alert. Once the sun was up, I started the music. Having a small sugar boost to look forward to every couple of miles gave me something to push on for. Though I didn't really feel like I was pushing myself. I felt at ease.
At mile 6, I had to stop. Not by choice. Not because I was tired or out of breath. I had to stop because it was raining hard and I couldn't even really see anymore. I knew that if I had only one hour more, I would have finished my goal. Regardless, the run felt great and I was so pleased with myself knowing that I could have easily accomplished all 11 miles without straining to do it. That gives me much hope for the half. The only thing I don't know is my pace. The long runs are meant to be taken at a slower than normal pace. It was kind of difficult for my body to adjust to going slower, but I am glad I didn't push it. Spared me any injury and I was never out of breath.
After going back and forth on whether I should get myself a running belt, today's run told me I really need one. I would like to get this...
This should suit my needs well.
Finally, I wrapped up the first half of my day by rehydrating (which I am continuing to do), and having a light and simple lunch.
I will be back out for another run on Tuesday. The temps will be higher, so I hope I will do just as well as I have been doing.
P.S. Good luck to all the runners who are participating in tonight's Tower of Terror 10 Miler! I hope to join you all next year!