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17 Mile Run on Empty

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Many times, I've run short runs without eating first because sometimes it's just easier to wake up, skip breakfast and to go for a run.

This week, I did that for my longest run of the week. I woke up, skipped breakfast and then I ran without anything but water. This was my longest run in which I hadn't eaten before starting my run or even during the run.

Since I didn't know how I'd feel on this run, I brought a couple of gels, just in case. By the time I got to my 5th mile, I felt a little hungry, but I didn't eat the gel I brought for an emergency and the feeling went away. When I finished, I was tired, but I was glad I had made it to 17 miles during this experiment. I ran the run at an easy pace - that's all I can do on a humid day during a long run right now! (More on fasted long runs by Greg McMillan.)

I came across an article about ice baths. I used to take ice baths after long runs, but I haven't for a long time - two years, maybe. I haven't …

Park Workout & 20 Mile Run

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Encouraged by a bicyclist who stopped to exercise on the exercise equipment at the park where I run, I decided that someday I'd stop and exercise there, too.

Since then, I've stopped a number of times towards the end of my recovery runs. I still like to get in some strength training workouts in my air-conditioned house, but it's a nice change to stop off at the park equipment.

I found some ideas for exercising at the park at Beginner Easy Bar Body Weight WO Video and at The Little Honey Bee's Playground Circuit.

A few days ago, I ran 20 miles. Something that was different about that long run, besides the fact that I saw a group of five deer, is that I didn't eat on the run and I only drank water. I brought a gel, just in case, but I didn't need it. Since I was hungry before I ran, I did eat first, though - peanut butter and jam on bread, which makes this not a true fasted run, I suppose.

I'm working up to that for a long run, though. I might not always do …

18 Mile Run & Links

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This week's long run was a good one. Besides some sluggishness in mile 2 and mild leg aches halfway through, it went well.

Temps: The normal - warm!80-86 degrees with a "real feel" as high as 100. It was humid. When the sun was shining brightly, I ran back and forth along a 0.6 mile shaded path at the park. Not as boring as it sounds! That's where I saw...

Nature Sightings: a turtle and three deer. I ran to the top of a hill a few times where I could see a creek.

Running Fuel: Pre-run: apple cinnamon oatmeal with raisins. During: I drank Gatorade until mile 7 when I started taking Clif Shot gels (total on the run: 2 raspberry and 1 delicious mocha flavor). I had another gel at mile 11 and then again at mile 15. Maybe the caffeine in the mocha gel I took at mile 11 dulled my minor leg aches. (Read this research study for more on that.)

My Blog: I learned how to add watermarks. I know everyone wants to steal my photo a cutting board! I played around in Picassa where my ph…

Running by Effort in a 5 Pocket Skirt

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I ran on a couple of trails that are right out my back door this weekend. The deer hang out by the trails. I saw at least two!

My husband ran with me and took pictures. On the right, I'm wearing my Skirt Sports Adventure Girl Skirt with lots of pockets - 5 of them! In my last marathon, it held my phone (5 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 3/8"), 6 Gu gels and 1 package of Clif Bloks. (Here's my previous post about my skirt.)

Because it's hot, I'm focusing more on effort instead of trying to hit a target pace. Today I ran 9 miles. After 2 warm-up miles with my Weimaraner, I took her home and got my running drink: 1 part orange juice and 2 parts water. It tasted good - my first time to try that.

Back outside, I sped up for 4 miles. The first mile was an experiment: how much can I push myself knowing I want to put out some harder effort for 4 full miles? When I saw the faster pace that I could run for one mile, I tried to keep that pace for 3 more miles. Except for one slower mile, I s…

Nathan Quickdraw Plus Water Bottle

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Since selling my treadmill when I moved in January, I've done all of my running outside. When it started warming up outside, I bought two Nathan Quickdraw Plus bottles.

They came in handy during a recent race. I started the marathon with one and then my husband handed me a second one later. 
Notes about the Nathan bottle:

The 22 ounce bottle is a good size for me. The drinking spout is about a "medium" on how easy it is to open with my teeth. To close it completely, sometimes I close it with my hand so that it won't leak - not a big deal, but that could be improved. I like the clear bottle. The pocket can carry gels and my phone (5 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 3/8"). I like the small hole at the top of the holder that I can poke my thumb through.I fill the bottle 3/4 full and put it in the freezer the night before a run. I bought the bottles at a local Finish Line for $10 each.  
Two other types of water bottles I've used:  BCG bottle - from Academy (only in the store). It h…

Real Food for Running Fuel

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Have you tried something other than the usual gels or chews on the run? I read an article about some foods and drinks that might be helpful for runners, like pickle juice. I've tried that, beet juice and cherry juice, too. That's because I won some Cheribundi cherry juice from Maine Mom on the Run!

In the past, I've eaten pretzels, raisins, dates, dried apricots and bananas.

I ate rice on today's run. I added honey to my leftover white rice in hopes that I could make rice balls, but they wouldn't hold together so I ate the mixture anyway, not wanting to waste the honey like I did last time!  Surprisingly, it tasted okay - even if there was cilantro in it. (Leftovers!) I had about 3 tablespoons rice and a teaspoon honey divided up at miles 7 and 11.

The weather was nice today -the humidity was low so I felt great on my 15 mile run. It was like being on vacation in some other place than southeast Texas. When I finished the run, I felt like I could have run farther.