Today I reached my half way goal of running 2,013 miles in 2013. I knew I was close to this mark, but hadn't calculated in a few days so it happened mid run unbeknownst to me. Ack, I would have stopped and at least picturized (totally not a word) the moment. Now after calculating I know exactly where I was when I ran that 1,006.5 mile.
I was asked to drive a church van out to the church camp this morning. The camp is way out in the boonies. So I came up with the grand idea to run while I was out there. Why, not? I'm familiar with the roads & I know they are filled with long stretches of country, some twist & turns & definitely some hills. *cue dramatic music* I used to hate hills with a passion & now I love them. I may not love them per say in the moment as I'm working up them. I've seen first hand where they've made a huge difference in my running so if you can't beat them, join them!! Since I need to get a few more longer runs in I figured I had better take advantage of this opportunity.
As you can see, I didn't start until almost mid morning. The temps are down a little bit (thank goodness), but the sun was hot & blazing. There was very little shade along this route. I did eat a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast about 2 hours prior, otherwise I had no fuel for this run. I did take a my small handheld water bottle along & also dropped a water bottle a little more than 1 mile from my start/stop point.
I've been following a few bloggers where they use #nofuel on their runs. Like upward of 15-18 miles with no fuel & even no water. And they are speedy too. Running negative splits, finishing with their rock hard abs & glowing faces. Maaaan, I *hate* them. Ok, not really. Meh, who am I kidding, maybe just a little. I've tried to wrap my mind around this #nofuel that they do. Obviously they can, I can't. We all know that works for some doesn't work for all. While I could have used a teeny bit of fuel, Gu or something, it's not what made a difference in my run. It was the fluids. Thank goodness I did have the water that I did. I actually needed more, but managed ok.
I'm actually really glad to have finished this run. My body needs to be used to this so that when I run Howl at the Moon in 19 days (eek!) I'm ready for it. Of course, at Howl I will have many other things to aid my running. This was kind of a bare minimum run in terms of fluids & no fuel. It's preparing me for worse case scenario, but not how I'll fare on race day.
Right about my turn around spot while running over I-74, is when I ran my half way mark for 2013. I'm a few weeks behind schedule, but not worried. Plenty of days & plenty of miles are in my future to reach this goal!
Do you have a running goal for 2013? How are you doing on that?
Do you run in the heat?
Hills? Love them or hate them?
*I used the term hate loosely in this post with humorous jest. God commands us not to hate one another & I take that to heart. Who am I kidding, though, I'm human and jealously gets the best of me. Rock hard abs.....meh, they are highly over rated ;)