Let me start with this again.
Oh yes I did.
Remember my previous contemplation about what to do with this week’s long run if I can’t run it on Saturday?
Obviously, I decided on the switching game.
It was one of those snap decisions in the end.
All day at work I thought – “Will I? Won’t I?”
I mean, it was a given that I’d run today, but the question was would I do my longest run of 2013 so far on a random Tuesday evening after work and on very little sleep.
Just in case, I hydrated well all day. I had a Larabar two hours before getting home. And a cappuccino and another Larabar an hour before home.
And on the short walk home from the bus stop I still managed to change my mind twice.
Only then I remembered.
Just saw this on this awesome blog today.
And I got home and did some things I’ve never done before. Ever.
A) I got out an electrolyte powder and made me some hydration liquid.
B) I dug out a “tropic” flavoured SIS gel.
C) I took my brand spankin’ new running belt and removed two of the four bottles, filled one of the remaining with water, one with the sports drink and shoved the gel in one of the pockets.
D) Sipped half a glass of sports drink right before running.
Resuming normal activity I retaped my right foot (I don’t think I’ve ran completely metatarsal pain free in a year :() tied up my Inspires and fitted the belt.
Out the door! 😀
Ok. So belt was…
…kinda horrid for the first three kilometres or so. It jumped around and so did the bottles.
But then as I settled into my rhythm so did the belt and quite honestly after that I didn’t really notice it any longer.
I think I can call the belt a success. 🙂
Today’s goals were:
A) Run my first ten miler in…about eight months 😮 (Has it really been that long?)
B) Not think about speed at all.
C) Test my running belt.
D) Try hydrating on the run for the first time.
E) Try nutrition on the run.
A lot of goals for late workday evening.
Check (with 17km, so a little extra even), check, check, check. Check.
And omg electrolyte drinks might be my new favourite thing in the world!
Why haven’t I tried them while running before?
I honestly didn’t think hydrating would make such a difference to how I feel.
I started sipping the electrolyte drink at the fifth kilometre and then about every ten minutes until I ran out (my bottle was 170ml) around the one hour mark.
Then I ate the gel.
Ok. So it just might be one most sickly sweet things ever. Quite disgusting, really.
And for a couple of minutes it was touch and go whether it would stay down or come right back up.
Then I drank some water and it helped loads (even if the package said you didn’t need to drink anything with the gel.)
No other issues. 🙂 I’ll try out other flavours to see if there’s something not as nauseatingly sweet…but I can use this brand. Yay! 🙂
From there on I drank water. (I think next time, I’ll want one more bottle of the sports drink, but still carry water. It’s nice to have options.)
Everybody talking about the importance of hydration. Definitely on to something. I’m a bottle carrier from now on.
Better late than never, right? 😉
I did my run on forest trails again.
Most of it anyway.
I still had to run the 2k there and back on pavement.
I think I’m soon reaching the point where I’m willing to take the bus to the trails just to completely avoid pavement.
Give me tons of hills (like today) stumps and tree roots to jump over (like today) and the smell of trees, and the springy pine needle covered trail underfoot is just so much more fun and so much better on my problem feet than the merciless pounding on the pavement.
I just really had fun today.
I also had two turns in the ice bucket and a blister the size of a pinkie on the outside of my big toe (my flatmate says that I have to pop that sucker, but I’m too squeamish).
My knees started telling me, “So you’re really using us today,” around the ninety minute mark but didn’t really get painful, so that’s also good.
Overall, I’m feeling pretty darn awesome.
Have some parkland on the way back. 🙂 Not the forest trails where I run. (Wouldn’t want to stop for pictures while running!)
Just where I walk. Because as per normal, I walk two kilometres home after done with my run. Still my favourite cool down.
What’s yours? And any awesome electrolyte powders I should look into? 🙂