16 Miles with Nathan Hydration Belt
I have a new hydration/fuel belt - the Nathan Trail Mix. The bottles hold 40 ounces and the belt has a large enclosure that has 3 pockets that are nice and big - one pocket closes with velcro and the other two are in a zippered section. The belt was comfortable on my long run. For more details, here's a comparison review.
Today I drank 8 oz. of blueberry pomegranate Gu Electrolyte Brew (high sodium - 245 mg.) at miles 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. Then I ate a mandarin orange with caffeine Gu gel at mile 12 - tastes good and tangy. I drank water at miles 12 and 14. No stomach cramps today! (I had cramps during last week's 13 mile run.)
I was running along and heard a dog barking. It was so loud that long before I arrived to see what the racket was about, I was looking to see what the problem was and then I saw a dog barking towards a porta-potty, wanting his owner to come out. If that person has a blog, they'll have a funny story to write about today. ; )
Only two low points today: I felt really warm in a windless section of the run at the 2 mile mark and wondered why I wanted to quit already, but told myself to make it to 3 and then forgot about it. Later, at the halfway point, I wasn't sure I could run another hot 8 miles - just one of those random negative thoughts that pop up when you're hot.
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The temperature rose from 78 to 87°. I took it easy and finished the LSD 16 miler as planned. I even ran the first and last miles at the very same pace - 10:33 with a 10:36/mile average pace for the run. Most of all, I'm glad I got through the run without stomach cramps.