Well, we open up a new month by heading into double-digit mileage, something I have been quietly dreading. Now begins the real work….in the heat….still. Sunday’s run was 11 and I knew I had to get a jump on the morning to get it all done comfortably(relative term for sure). It was 81 when I woke up, honestly I have run in warmer temps, and I was more worried about all my friends running out in Anaheim….they were getting the same heat to start their Disneyland Half Marathon. I got up super early(3:30)and was ready to go by 4, wore a cooling towel, chucked as much ice in my Camelbak as would fit, and got going. It was gross out. Humidity up, but hey, what can you do? What you do is go slow……just get the miles in. My goal was to stay under a 16 minute mile, never get out of breath and finish it before the sun made things awful…..not something my running friends could do in California. It would turn out to be a miserable race for most of them.
I have been running my long runs without music, just listening to the Be Our Guest podcast, which I love for 2 reasons: I go slower with no tunes, and it feels like they are running with me….lol Running with buddies is always much better than solo! I don’t know why but these miles went by really fast…..I expanded the size of my square in my neighborhood, and that helped some, even though I had to double back on my first loop due to construction on my route. A stop for a tea at Starbucks was a welcome break, and that is when all my technology went all wonkie. I don’t know what happened….my watch was all messed up all morning….it was acting as if it wasn’t paired to my phone, and then mapmyrun decided to update………it was weird. I never did find out what was going on….. I ran fasted, just starting the day with an Americano with some steamed heavy cream(sooooo good) About mile 5 I started to get a little hungry, I ate one Figgy Pop bite…..I never felt tired or lost energy, just got a little hungry.
Right before I stopped at Starbucks I tried my other new fueling option, a small little tub of Barney almond butter, with coconut and cocoa. OMG. So yummy, but a tad messy….good thing I had my cooling towel. I think that the individual packets might be a better option, though I worry about getting them open with my cranky wrists during the latter part of a long run.
Mile 10 I was trying to figure out what was going on with the watch/phone…..they were nearly a mile off, according to my apple watch I should be done, mapmyrun said otherwise. ….when suddenly my ear buds unpaired from my phone, my watch rebooted itself. UGH….on the last mile?? well, maybe it was better than the first….I probably would have gone home. So, I cued up my Spotify playlist of Hamilton and just ran without earbuds. I was pretty determined for mapmyrun to tell me I reached 11. DONE. Some thoughts: this 11 felt good, the only thing that got tired/sore was my feet. Legs(including that hamstring that gave me trouble)felt strong, my ankle was talking to me, but not til about mile 9, and it pretty much stayed at the same level of crankiness. My brain never got in my way. No dark, negative thoughts…..probably because of the podcast…. My energy level was even, steady. And today I feel pretty good! Slept in compression socks, and actually walked 3 miles this morning! So the verdict on this one? Awesome! I ate well, hydrated well and paced myself perfect for the weather. The next one brings us up a level, adding a 4 mile walk the day before I tackle a 13 mile run. EEK. That said, if I can get close to how nice this 11 felt, dare I say I think I just may be able to pull this off? Nope. Let’s wait til we get a little deeper into the training schedule……….