|My lovely tour of North Tacoma|
I knew I should be heading out the door close to 8:30am so I woke up at 6:45 and ate my standard breakfast before a long run. Then I went back to bed! I didn't really fall asleep but it felt good to lay back down and be lazy for an hour. The weather was a bit chilly but otherwise perfect for running. It wasn't windy or raining (a miracle!). I opted to wear my compression socks, running shorts, a tech tshirt and my nike running jacket. It was nice that I could wear my jacket since the pockets allow me to carry things easily. I brought my iphone so I had some music and my waterbottle of course. I planned to stop by the house at least once to refill water and replenish my energy gels. I was doing some experimentation with my fueling today by alternating between gels/chomps and actual food to see how my stomach tolerated it.
|Resting in my nice warm bed!|
|Mile 7 pit stop at home|
I decided to head back towards home knowing that I would likely have 1-2 miles to make up somewhere along the way. I continued alternating between orange gu chomps and pretzels to keep my energy level up and it seemed to be just right. I was at mile 16.5 when I was near my house again so I stopped in really quick to ditch my water bottle, my music and my coat! I was so tired of carrying that water bottle and my music was starting to annoy the crap out of me. And I was HOT! But I was not out of energy nor did I feel like giving up so I did my last 1.5 miles happily with just my shirt, shorts and garmin.
Overall, the run felt good. My legs never had that heaviness like they did when I ran 15 miles a few weeks back. I am relieved to know that my ankle held out and as long as I take it easy I will complete my training and run my first marathon on June 5th. Less than 5 weeks away!!!
|Happy to be done!|