Another training run down. One more to go.
I was optimistically hopeful about the weather before Saturday morning came around. When I stepped out of the van a little before 5 AM yesterday, I squealed a little bit. I felt a cool breeze. I always feel better when I run in cooler weather versus the heat.
And yes, you read that right. 5 AM . . . . I ran with a flashlight for the first hour.
I started out with a group of about seven (?) runners from the local running group who were planning on getting 20 miles in that day. We put in right at 5 miles before meeting up with another group of runners who meet at 6 AM. The 20 milers were headed out on a 10 mile loop, so I decided to stick with the 6 AM group.
I had a peanut butter GU just before taking off. It was a new flavor for me and I liked it.
Side note: I’m experimenting with other GU flavors. Some without caffeine. ::gasp:: I know, right? Since April, when I started going to the 5 AM class at the gym, I’ve drastically cut back the amount of caffeine I consume. On my 9 mile run I had an espresso love GU and had to do some unplanned speed work to get to the house (good thing I had the bright idea to run on our road for 9 boooring miles). My tummy did not love the double caffeine in the espresso love. Sad face.
I felt so good setting out on the last six miles, but my Garmin decided to have a fit and started peeping and flashing “lap error” every second. I couldn’t figure out what was going on.
I switched to my Nike+ app on my phone.
When it was all said and done, I had run 11.08 miles in 1:58 and I felt like I could keep on going.
I love runs like that!
I feel like it’s not really fair to compare this 11-miler to my previous one because on the last one I was severely dehydrated and didn’t even know it.
I’m hoping for cool weather on the 26th. Fingers crossed.
Thanks for cheering me on, y’all! I carry each of y’all in my head and heart as I run.