18 Mile Run: Mostly a Great One!
I ran 18 miles! I ran in a new place close to home on an asphalt trail. There were lots of trees, a couple of lakes and creeks and very few people. A couple of people said something encouraging to me as I ran by. Since I had already run 13 miles, I kind of wondered if I was imagining things!
The run took less than 3 hours and my average pace was 9:52/mile, which makes me happy. My last two miles were just under marathon pace for a 4 hour BQ. It's a big goal, but I hope to BQ at my 16th marathon in 8 weeks.
I started running when it was in the 30's (read how running in cold weather slows you down and what to eat before cold workouts), but the sun and my running gradually warmed me up and before the end of my run I had shed many layers and was down to a tank top, a short-sleeved shirt, my pants rolled up to just below my knees and a running hat.
Today's run was fueled by Honey Stinger energy gels: fruit smoothie (which tasted like strawberry to me), vanilla (honey and vanilla taste - good!) and strawberry kiwi (has caffeine), all of which contain tapioca syrup, honey and electrolytes. I had one at mile 5, 9 and 13.
I had a chocolate flavored Honey Stinger gel (caffeinated) last week. It tasted like chocolate cake frosting to me. I liked every flavor and would buy them again. I bought them for 99 cents each at Academy Sports, a sports store in Texas.
Only one unfortunate incident happened during my run. As I drove away from the park, my face started to burn and I realized that I must have gotten some pepper spray on my face like I did back in July. I hurried home. Fortunately, I must have only gotten a small amount on my face because my face felt much better after a little while. What a relief!