1/2 Marathon (Not a Race)
|7 Miles in 60+ min. on TM|
Pre-run: raisin toast. During: tropical Hammer gel (first time to try it, rec'd in my race packet from a trail race, good, pineapple-y) and water every 2-3 miles (only 5-10 swallows each time). I drank less than usual because I was experimenting. I had no trouble with cramps or swelling hands even though it was humid and hot and I didn't take extra salt or use a gel with much sodium (25 mg. sodium in gel), but I only ran about 13 miles. (I've added a little extra salt in my daily diet in recent days - in my oatmeal, etc.) The experiment will continue.
I felt good throughout the run. I was careful not to start too fast, knowing that the later miles would be hard in the heat. That worked. On the way home, when I left the crowded Memorial Park path, it was quiet and I noticed that I could hear my sweaty Balega socks squishing in my Asics shoes. I'm not complaining, just describing - at least I get to wear shorts more often than northerners! Ave pace: 9:54, Time: 2:09:41. Maybe on my next long, hot run, I can beat my 9:54 pace.
Earlier this week:
Wednesday- (speed) 7 miles on treadmill. After running some miles faster and easier than I expected to at the beach last week (where it was cool), I decided to push myself harder than usual on the treadmill here at home today. Mile splits - warm-up mile, 9:01, 8:32, 8:32, 8:12, 8:12, 7:59
Tuesday- (easy) 6 miles. After 5 miles, I could feel the heat and humidity and I was glad to be heading home.
Monday- (hills) 6 miles with 2 miles of hills on the treadmill (1/4 mi. @ 2, 3, 4, 0, 2, 3, 4, 5% incline). Little hills, but it's a start!