18 Mile Run & Links
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 photos are kept, clicking on a photo for my blog, going to "actions", "edit in creative kit" and then clicking on "text" to add the watermark. Pretty easy!
Greek Salad Dressing This is delicious!
Exercise Reorganizes the Brain to Be More Resilient to Stress
Clif Shot Gels: Ultrarunner on Taking in Fuel/or Not During Training (in comments) I'm going to experiment with eating fewer gels.
Myth: The older you are, the longer it takes to recover - Whenever I have an especially hard day, I wonder if the myth is true... And then my next run turns out fine after all!