Julia had an event to attend that morning and would have had to miss out on running with our group, seeing as we start at 6:00 am, but Diane wanted to get a head start on her long run, so she and Julia met up at 4:00 am and ran 8 miles. I was waiting for her at the clubhouse just before 6:00 am; they showed up, Julia dropped off and I picked up the remaining 6 miles. And even though it was 57 degrees with 100% humidity (we were running through light-to-heavy mist at times), the run felt great. I also made an effort to down more of my Tailwind, on the advice of Wendy - apparently you are supposed to drink 20-24 ounces per hour, which is more than I normally do, but that's the ratio for not bonking. The warm morning helped with drinking a lot, although I didn't end up finishing the bottle in an hour. I'll keep working at it - I don't have any stomach issues with Tailwind, so if I don't have to add any chews or gels, I'd be a happy camper.
Considering I started with Diane after she'd already run 8 miles, she was looking good - we just cruised through the rest of her miles and boom - we were done! She's in great shape and is going to rock her upcoming marathon, I can tell. It's fun to watch her train for it, but I still don't have any desire to run one myself.
Speaking of marathons, I was offered a free entry for the Utah Valley Marathon, or half marathon, this coming June. I have to admit I was tempted for the half, especially when I saw that it's a point-to-point downhill race...I love running downhill. Unfortunately, Utah is not right around the corner from Texas, and I just couldn't make it work, travel-wise, with other trips we've already planned. So instead of me running this race, the organizers have offered up two free entries to my readers - you can do any distance: they have a 10K, a half marathon, and the full marathon. This is the tenth year for this race, and they're giving away a commemorative jacket instead of a race shirt, plus you'll receive a huge medal at the finish. This race is also a Boston Qualifier, if you've got that goal in sight.
If you'd like to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment saying "I'm IN!" - I'll announce the winners on Friday, March 3. Be sure to link your email in the comment so I can send you the promo code. And if you don't win, but still would like to run this race, I also have a discount code for you - use "sb15" to receive 15% off your race entry. Good luck!