I am very happy to say that my long run on Saturday went much better this time around! I think it was mostly because the weather was a lot more cooperative and I did a few things differently.
After quite a long time I finally realized something during my longer runs. Gus, Clif Bloks, Sharkies, any type of those energy products don’t work for me when my stomach starts to growl at mile 8. Regular Clif bars don’t give me good energy to start off on my run, but surprisingly KIND bars do very well.
During the run, I can’t really stomach the gummy products, and they don’t fill my stomach well. It doesn’t help that it’s continually growling for several miles before I’m finished. So, I tried the Clif C bars instead. I had one at Mile 6 and another at Mile 12. They worked extremely well, so I think I found my fuel for runs. Yay!
I also did my route a little differently. Instead of doing one out and back, I did a few so I could stretch at my car during the half way point. And, if I had a meltdown at Mile 12, I was only 2 miles away from my car instead of 4.
But luckily, no meltdowns for me this week. Heck, I even came close to beating my Half Marathon PR! I finished 13.1 in about 2:45:38. My PR is 2:43:11. Not too shabby!
Overall, I finished the 16 miles in 3:24 with an average pace of 12:45. Which, is about the same time it took me to run 14 miles the previous week! What a difference a week makes!
This week is a scale back week, so my “long” run is only 6 miles. So this will be a nice break for my knees. The longer miles have been making them ache a little afterwards, but icing and doing some biking the next day help a lot!
I can’t believe the marathon is only two months away!
Are you looking forward to Fall? Or will you miss the Summer heat?
The fall weather will definitely be making outdoor exercise a little more enjoyable!