Today I ran 8 miles!
For a lot of you this is nothing.
For me it is the longest run I have done.
The weather was perfect: Overcast and cold enough to need gloves.
Dear mother nature I would like that same kind of weather for my half marathon.
I did not run fast, I wanted to do the whole 8 miles and not cut it short like I did last week.
I used my belt for the first time. It was OK, it did not bother me too much. Still not sure if I will use it for the race, we will see, I got one more long run next week.
I tried GU for the first time also. I waited until mile 7 because I wanted to be close to home in case it did not go well and I start cramping or having reflux. I took less then half of the pack of Vanilla GU, one of the flavor they will give at the Half Marathon...Boy that is sweet!
I am not used to eating sweets anymore...I needed a lot of water after that and that lead to getting a stitch so not good. Now I know I can take that GU but just a small quantity. This week I tried a GU Gel..that did not go down well for me so I will never use those again.
I did not take any chances and I iced my chins when I got home and did a lot of stretching. Let's hope I am not in pain tomorrow!
I am really happy with my run today.
I ran 8 miles.
And here's the best part: I know I could have gone longer.
After that my friend took me out to the movies to celebrate my upcoming birthday. We saw Black Swan. Very intense. Some parts are hard to watch. Nathalie Portman is excellent in it, must have been a difficult experience to play that role. If she does not get an Oscar nomination for this it will be a real shame.