Yesterday I did my last long run before Surf City; 10 miles and it went pretty well. I have made some changes to my long runs since Sherry Arnold was kidnapped. I no longer take the trail I used to run on pretty much every day. I now run on a busy street. I have to use the sidewalk, that is not a + but it is safer. I have a Road ID that I never used to wear, now it is on my shoe. I carry pepper spray in my hands not in my belt. I also tried something different with fueling yesterday. This time no NUUN, just water and smaller sips and 1 Stinger Waffle in small pieces. That part went pretty good, not perfect but good. I also took salt sticks. The not perfect is because I wish my stomach could handle more water at once, I worry about dehydration all the time. It has been my #1 enemy in most of the 30 races I have done so far. 30; did you catch that? in less than 2 years. But if I cannot keep the water down than it is not helping either. If I take more water it tends to want to come back up...especially if I try to speed the slow pace up, I always feel pretty good before I start drinking, I wish I could pull off a 13 miler without needing water but I cannot do that. Now the one thing that was on the negative-lets-get-Caro-worried-before-she-gets-the Beach-Cities-challenge-DONE: Heel Pain. CRAP. I don't need this right now..well not ever really. So this is related to my problem with plantar fasciitis. I had it AFTER running not during. I am taking care of this as best as possible. I did buy new shoes and I will rotate those with my Mizunos Wave Inspire 7. The new ones are Brooks Ravenna 2. Maybe they will be better for me. We will see.
Beth (SUAR) has created a Facebook page for a virtual race in honor of Sherry Arnold. You can go here to read about it and to like the page. I will be doing that race on February 11 in my town. I am trying to get a group together to have others run this with me for Sherry.
Ok now Giveaway time. I was not sent anything fancy, this is something I saw at the store and it was a BARGAIN so I got 3 copies. 1 copy for me and 2 for you guys. I am giving 1 this time and another in April when it will be Boston Marathon time. So this is the prize:
It is a book called The story of Johnny Kelley, Boston's Marathon Man. I just bought the books today so I have not read it yet. I cannot tell you how great it is, I don't know yet but it looks interesting! I did find this review:
Johnny Kelley is Mr. Boston Marathon. Mr. Lewis has painted a loving portrait of this running icon. Mr. Kelley ran 61 Boston Marathons, winning twice and finishing 2nd an astonishing 7 times. The book was originally published while Mr. Kelley was still alive. Mr. Lewis interviewed Mr. Kelley extensively and this adds immeasurably to the story. The book is not only a biography of a great runner but a personal journey through the history of America's Greatest Race. GREAT READ!!
There are lots of pictures in the book:
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You can enter until Surf City Day or what most people call Super Bowl Day: Sunday February 5th.
This is open to everyone, Stefano, I mean it, EVERYONE..USA, Canada, Italy, New Zealand (Mrs. Cotter).