Saturday Jeff and I tackled 7 miles with the rest of my half peeps - it was a tough day for everyone, and even some runners who normally don't seemed fazed by the distance or the heat had to walk parts of the route. However, it was one of my better runs - I felt really good right from the start, and we tried to keep a steady, slow pace (we averaged 13:50 for the entire run, but mile 2 was at 12:38 which was not intended...too fast for the heat and distance at this point in my training). The route had several hills, and I amazed not only myself but Jeff as well by running up all of them, until the last long gradual hill that went on and on and on (for nearly a mile, no joke)...I did some walking there, but that was during mile 6, so I didn't feel too bad about it. I think my hill work is paying off!
Before - bleary-eyed and blurry...
After - sweaty seven!
Jeff ended up getting a bit of a headache toward the latter part of the run, but I felt fine - well, hot, tired and thirsty, but that's to be expected. I've been drinking a 20 oz. bottle of Gatorade every day, and twice on the days that I run (one after the run and one in the afternoon). I think that has helped to keep my electrolytes up for these sweaty runs. Jeff wasn't able to be as diligent with his pre-hydration due to his traveling, and it showed. Preparation can make or break a long run...part of our training is learning what works and what doesn't - and it's always a hard lesson learning what doesn't work.
Breakfast of champions - chocolate milk, coffee and an egg bagel sandwich. Plus a dry shirt, which, while it felt good, made me even more aware of how sweat-logged the rest of my clothing was. Next time I'm bringing an entire change of clothes for our post-run breakfast.
Side note: I had such a good run on Saturday, but my 2 milers on Monday and Tuesday? Not great. My legs felt like lead...not sure if they are still recovering from the long run or what, but it's amazing how you can go from a "yay, I'm getting better at this running thing" to "I suck at running" in a matter of 48 hours. Thanks for the reality check, running gods.
Doing his Minnie Pearl impression by leaving on the tags...
Last night, the running store hosted a Newton natural running form clinic. I've read about these and was excited to finally be able to attend one. We practiced our running form (and even did some skipping, which was fun) and hopefully I can remember everything I learned. Plus I came home with a cute green Newton visor, which matches my running shoes - between the shoes, socks and visor, I will be a walking billboard for Newton, lol!