Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Miles are getting longer

First off let me just say that my 11 miler kicked my tail.  I knew it was going to be hot Sunday so I planned to run early that morning, but getting Bre out of bed was a chore and we didn't get started until almost 10:00.  By then the sun was beaming and it was already creeping into the upper 80s.  We both took two bottles of water, Swedish fish, and some gu.  I also had a bottle with herbalife liftoff and hydrate.  If you haven't tried them, they are wonderful. 

The first three miles were a breeze.  We had a little cloud cover still.  By the time we hit mile 6 it was smoking hot!  At mile 6 I got my gu out and drank it hoping to get a little energy back.  It was delicious. :)  It was the salted caramel flavor, and tasted like a big caramel chew.  yummy!  I will say it did help a little, but the sun and heat was just making it a miserable run.  Not to mention we were at the track and 44 laps around a track is pretty boring.  I honestly was beginning to think I wasn't going to make it!  I finally hit mile 9 and knew at that point that I had it in the bag.  I had just enough water left to get me through, and I picked up the pace and finished strong.  11 miler in the bag! 

I got home, sat in the bath with a glass of chocolate milk while the cold water filled up.  Then Jolea came in and dumped the entire bucket of ice into the water.  A 10 minute ice bath was just what the aching legs needed.  I was a little stiff the rest of the day, but woke up Monday morning with just a little soreness in my calves. 

This Sunday we have a 12 miler.  I think we may head to the bay for this one.  Bre and I both bought a camelpak so water won't be an issue now.  I'm not quite sure how I'll like having it ride on my back but the water is a must! 


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