Thursday, March 27, 2014
My 20 Mile Run
My First 20 Miler of the Season
I averaged 10:05/mile and the second half was the fastest part of my run. I ventured into the woods a little here and there, but I was on an asphalt road in the park most of the time because I can run faster there and I need to work on my speed. Since I'd like to run a 50K trail race on May 10, running through the woods is good training, though.
When I was running through the woods, I scared a deer so I started calling out, "Running through!" Then I saw a coyote - my first I've ever seen at the park! And then I saw a great heron with a big fish hanging out of its mouth. It flew away with the fish hanging out of its mouth the whole time, which looked kind of funny.
Zoe, the Weimaraner
In the top photo, my dog is on one of the trails through the woods. She's got her eye out for deer or maybe even a coyote!
Fuel During the Run
Now I've used Tailwind Nutrition on a 16, 18 and 20 mile run. This time, I mixed Tailwind Nutrition Raspberry Buzz (2 scoops) and Unflavored (1 scoop) for 300 calories and 75 carbs total in my 24 ounce bottle. I liked this combination, but in a race I might only use the raspberry flavor because it's caffeinated. The raspberry is fruity and a little salty. The unflavored has a bit of taste to it, but it's hard for me to pinpoint what it tastes like. They were both good. Together, the taste was a mild, fruity taste. Starting at mile 3, I drank a little every mile. I felt good for the whole run!