16 Mile Experiment
I tried three new things today. I only ate one gel, a Vanilla Gu at mile 9 rather than a gel every 4-5 miles. I never ran out of energy.
I drank less water than usual since it felt like 29* at the start. I've heard that you need to drink a lot in the winter, too, but I've tried that and it doesn't work well for me. I was glad that I wore shorts because it warmed up to the low 40's and was sunny - a beautiful morning.
I left my music at home and didn't even think about it on the run even though I was running on a 3 mile loop over and over again (a little boring). Somehow, the miles went by quickly and my coughing and nose-blowing didn't slow me down. I met my goal of averaging marathon pace plus 20 seconds overall. : )
After an ice bath (brrr!), I ate my first grilled carrot, zucchini and squash brick oven pizza ever. Colorful and surprisingly delicious!
Note added 12/8/12: I no longer take ice baths. I can't remember the last time I took one. I guess they weren't necessary after all.