Lesson #1: First and foremost, now that I run in shorts, I learned EXACTLY where I need Body Glide for a 12 mile run. I haven’t had any issues with chafing, until Saturday. Ouch! Lesson #1 learned. Use Body Glide.
Lesson #2: You can underestimate yourself and doubt yourself and your body will follow. Or, you can have faith and believe in yourself and, again, your body will follow. On Saturday, I believed in myself and it is amazing how much better a long run goes when I do. With 6 weeks still to go before the Newport Half Marathon, I successfully completed my first 12 mile run since March. It was incredible! Start to almost finish. Except for that one mile that was completely uphill. For a WHOLE mile. My brother warned me and I was all “I can do it!” Well , yes I could, but it was a serious fight. Needless to say it was my SLOWEST mile. I found it a challenge to hold an 11:00 min /mile pace for that mile. Lesson #2 learned. Believe in Yourself.
Lesson #3: I am now completely dependent on my handheld water bottle (Thanks Katherine). The NFL Back to Football Run taught me I NEED my own water, even for a 4 mile race now. Luckily for me, there were plenty of places along my 12 mile route this weekend to refill my water bottle. Many thanks to David’s Bagels and Bagel Boys of West Nyack, NY for graciously refilling my bottle with ice and water and to my dear friend for one last refill at mile 7. Lesson #3 learned. Must figure out how to do this on race day. Suggestions?
Lesson #4: Now that I run in shorts and carry a handheld (see lesson #3 above), I don’t have to wear my SPIbelt for most of my runs. Let me be honest, I know many people LOVE it, I just don’t. However, the pocket in my shorts and the one in my water bottle are NOT enough to carry all I need on race day. Lesson #4 learned. I’m going to have to wear my SPIbelt on race day.
Lesson #5: I perform better using CLIF SHOT Gel in Mocha as my fuel source. However, I find it MUCH easier to fuel and run at the same time using the CLIF SHOT Bloks. I used Black Cherry SHOT Bloks for fuel during the NYC Half Marathon. Lesson #5 learned. Must figure out how to run AND use Gel BEFORE race day. Suggestions?
Lesson #6: I need a pedicure. Badly. Lesson #5 learned. No further explanation necessary.
What’s your favorite race day fuel?
For those that use gels, what is your secret to running and gel-ing at the same time?
What do you use to carry all you need on race day? Fuel belt? SPIbelt? Apparel with many pockets?
Do you carry your own water for a half marathon? How would you refill a handheld water bottle on race day?