thank goodness I didn't have to complete my run in x-time, and after dropping me off at my starting point, he headed off to our meeting point with my darling daughter. My Nike+ immediately couldn't locate my sensor and after a first oh no I remembered what to do. I did the magic trick and all was good. I would be able to officially log and track the miles of my run. This is very important to me especially with a long run.
I started out my run and repeated to myself to not force the pace and aimed to slow down a bit. I do always have a tendency to start fast and today I wanted to run smart. I had packed a diluted Gatorade to carry and had 3 GU gels for the run. By the way, before the run I ate a Powerbar and drank almost all of a mix1. I should be fully fueled.
I felt fine and the first 6 miles were nice and flat. I felt I was maintaining an acceptable pace and checked in on it a few times to make sure I wasn't speeding up without being aware. I sipped some Gatorade every mile and had my first GU at 5 miles. Shortly after the 6 mile mark the inclines began. Nothing too serious yet. I had to come to a full stop at 7 miles to wait to cross 5 lanes of traffic. This made me feel a bit queasy but once I started running I was good to go. At about 7.5 miles I began my first decline. I opted to run the low road and get some shade since it was hot and the sun was bright. At 8 miles I found the shade but I also found a head wind that would remain with me the remainder of the course.
The shade didn't last long but it was a nice break. For a moment I thought to not make the detour because at the Maui Marathon I wouldn't be able to hide from the sun. But at the Maui Marathon there will be aid stations and wet sponges. I didn't have that. I had no water to waste. At 10 miles I took my second GU and this is also where I was running through the "city" or "town" and had to be very attentive to cross walks and lights. Fortunately, I made it through quite easily with very little stop and go and I was running solid again.
I was still feeling good. Enjoying the tunes and enjoying my run. I had checked in on my pace again and I was happy with it. Slower than my run last week as to be expected since I was trying to push my pace a bit then but faster than my pace for the 16 mile run. I was fine with the pace and knew the inclines were going to get a bit steeper. What I was more focused on was my Gatorade consumption. I was trying to be conservative but it was hot, I was sweating, and I needed to drink. At mile 13 I took a detour through a park and found a much needed water fountain. I took a sip and bad-tasting water has never tasted so good! I topped off my Gatorade bottle and felt I was all set for the final 5 miles. At mile 14 I took my final GU.
|The final destination|
My overall pace: 8'45"
|Post run with tired girl|