As tough as it was to rip my back end off of the couch this morning to get out for my run….I did it.
Once I got going I felt GREAT for 2 reasons:
1.) I don’t take caffeine except for in situations like a race or a long run. I used to be a diet coke addict and didn’t like feeling dependent on the stuff so I quit. Okay, okay the biggest reason I quit is because I wanted to use that $12 a week that I spent on my habit towards going out to dinner each week. Now when I take any caffeine I feel SO energetic. I took a NoDoze before the run and it worked miracles.
2.) I changed my mindset and decided to remember how grateful I am to be running again and doing my first run that starts with a 2 and is a double digit since THIS TIME (aka 8 months ago).
That is my really happy to be out running pain free face.
I ended up doing 21 miles at an 8:16 pace.
There was one problem though………
I didn’t bring any water or money. On the route that I usually take there is a total of FIVE water fountains that I pass each way = 10 water stations in 20 miles. I was really smart and forgot that as it gets later on in the year, some of them no longer work except for TWO. The one above is my favorite because I am pretty sure it is fresh mountain water. By the end of my run I was so thirsty because I only had 4 water breaks the whole run…I learned from my mistake…I will always, always, always bring money to buy water/gatorade along the way! (I cannot carry a water bottle for the life of me).
I don’t know why I felt the need to take a picture of myself drinking water, but I did.
Pretty gorgeous right…
It was about 50 degrees until I got pretty far up the canyon and then this happened…..
I put my glasses on top of my head because it was no longer sunny up the canyon and when I went to put them back on for the way down I noticed that the sweat from my head FROZE on my glasses. Pretty crazy considering the fact that I was in a tank and shorts and only my fingers were cold.
Mission Accomplished. TIme to taper. And to refuel like it is my job.
What do you do on your long runs about HYDRATION? Bring money, waterbottle, drinking fountains?
Do you drink caffeine beofre your runs? Do you notice if it helps you?
Do you wear sunglasses while you run?
Love or hate tapering?
Love. Extremely Love.