We started out a bit rough with some pre-run edginess I think we both suffer from but it quickly went to the wayside once we got on the road running in the same direction at the same time. Dear hubby did seem to want to go a bit faster but respected my statement that I was not racing this run and wanted to keep the pace easy. Our route had us running "uphill" for the first half and then "downhill" for the second. But please note, just because I say "downhill" it doesn't mean it is all downhill. The second time dear hubby told me it was all downhill from here I reminded him he told me that once already. And by the way, there were a couple uphills in that final downhill. So if you ever pass him on a race course and he tells you it is all downhill, don't believe him.
|Although, not the worst elevation profile...look at the blue|
The run had a few segments where I felt perfectly in sync with my running and some where I felt achy but still strong. The toughest part is probably after my phone died and I no longer had GPS or music. This happened at 12.9 miles and I am glad I planned an out-and-back run with this "fear" in mind. I asked dear hubby the time so I could calculate my overall pace, since that stuff is important to me. In this time I felt the aches the most and finally I realized it may because I was not being distracted by tunes, etc. Once I made this realization, I believe I really did pick my pace back up and started having fun running again.
Running nutrition: Pre-run I ate two of my magic oatie muffins (small ones) with some coffee. During the run I took two PB GUs (one at 6 miles, one at 12 miles). We drank Gatorade and post-run I drank some Muscle Milk. Once we picked up darling daughter and got home, darling daughter and I had a "tea party" with soy milk and turkey and cheese mini sandwiches. It was divine!