This morning Meghan headed over so we could get our long run in this week. We drove to Cooper River because I thought it be easier to deal with the miles. Essential one loop is about 3.5 miles, I convinced myself it was just like running 5x around the track
I have a problem finding the right portion of food to eat pre-run, so I decided to stick with the Power Bar Gel Blasts(I could of just had a bag of Swedish fish, I know) and a serving of Zip Fizz.
It was quite chilly out this morning so I donned my new running zip-up from Target, gloves and fleece head wear.
I decided I wanted to shoot for 20 miles today and used my Charity Miles App for extra motivation… I normally try to use this for long runs for the ASPCA but today I ran with Feeding America. They say money raised from each mile will feed two people per day and that they are working directly with those affected by the hurricane. I wish you did not have to post to Facebook to accept sponsorship because I would use this everyday…
I decided to leave my water bottles outside the car so that every time I completed a loop I could grab a drink. The first 11 miles felt pretty good, it was touch and go after that… I used a Clif gel around 13 and then a Gu at 17. I normally try to stick with one type of gel but after using both I must say I definitely prefer the consistency of Clif. Gu is so thick it took me almost a whole mile to get it down.
I made it back to the car at 18.50 and decided to finish the 1.5 around the track. I was starting to feel sick because the gel hadn’t kicked in yet, just incase I collapsed or something I wanted Meg to be able to spot me easy.
I wasn’t hungry at all afterwards but I knew we both needed to eat so we made our way to Whole Foods.
We did manage to save some room for dessert. They just opened another self serve yogurt place next to my apartment- Spoon Me. I am still on the fence about these type of places but I must say this was pretty darn tasty.
Friday, I finally committed to running the Anthem Richmond Marathon! I was planning on using this race as a “fun long run” but after today’s distance if my body allows I might just try to race the whole 26.2.