|I was hoping to try a little of everything while running,|
and had no idea what I might want!
|The sunrise around mile 3|
I woke up at 5:45 am (after working until 11 pm last night) and ate 2 small pancakes (with chocolate chips of course), half of a banana and a glass of water. I got dressed, packed all my gear up and left around 6:40 am. I mapped my route in advance and planned for my bike support to meet me around mile 10 (my husband carried all my Gatorade and some of my food for me so my pack wouldn't be tooooo heavy). I planned to use the run/walk method with 5 minutes of running and 1 of walking after mile 18 and hoped to eat a variety of foods while running so I would know what and how much I could tolerate without getting myself sick.
The high was 82 so it was a very warm run. My route included an overpass (twice), a bridge (twice) and the huge toll bridge (twice), along with some dirt trail.
|This was around mile 7, coming up on my first set of|
bathrooms (next bathroom on my course was at
the mile 20 turnaround!)
|Over the bridge, one thing I love about my town are the|
I finished in 5 1/2 hours averaging 11:20 per mile. Once I finished I had 45 minutes to re-coop at home before I had to head into work for a 2 hour mandatory meeting. I was famished.
|My average heart rate was a little |
higher than I'd have liked, but I
think that mostly had to do
with the warm temperatures.
|This was my cadence and elevation.|
Have I mentioned how much
I LOVE my new Garmin 235?
|All of my average stats for the run.|
|Green graph is my elevation, bottom |
is the amount of time I spent
in each cardio zone.
2 Honey Stinger gel packs
1 pack of Honey Stinger gummies
3/4 of a PB&J sandwich
6 Salt Capsules
3 mini Gatorades
3 liters of Water
I will say I felt like I did a great job on my fueling/hydration while running, and I felt pretty good the whole time. I didn't get hungry, or GU gut. I never really felt thirsty and experienced no cramping. After I finished I realized I didn't do as good as I thought. With the warm and sunny day I didn't pee my entire run, or for over 3 hours after I finished running. YIKES! This run was great because I learned that I could make myself finish even when I don't feel like it is going to be an option, and that I will need to make sure I consume MORE than 3 liters of water by the 30 mile mark of my 50 mile Ultra. I feel like those are both very valuable lessons that will benefit me for the big race. I hope I enjoy it more than I enjoyed today's training run!
|Me and my Love going over the toll bridge|