As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been thinking of running a Half Marathon this October in Kansas City. “Early bird” registration is due at the end of May, so I have been pushing it to get as much training in before the kids are out on their summer vacation so I know whether I can even meet my goals of a). running for that far without stopping, and b). doing it in under 2 hours.
Well, I did it.
Honestly, I started out the run this morning a little later than normal, on account of the weather being somewhat mild at 76 F this morning. I grabbed a few cups of coffee, something I haven’t been doing for the last few runs. I ran 6.25 mi yesterday and didn’t run at all over the weekend, though I put in four days of 6.2 mi runs and a 20 mi bike ride last week.
I hit 8 mi and still felt pretty good, so I decided to keep on going. Another change from last time (when I only got 10.5 mi in) was that I took along some “hydration mix” for the run rather than just water. Did that really make much of a difference? I dunno. But Brooke picked up a few packs in her last Sierra Trading Post order so I could check it out and it seemed to do alright. I’ll probably order more of it, or something similar, for the rest of the summer.
I’ll be signing up for the Half Marathon soon enough, as I’ve proven to myself I can do it. I’ll likely keep doing between 6 and 10 miles on runs for the rest of the summer, and hit up 13 mile runs when I get a chance (e.g. when Meg and Calvin are elsewhere).
Oh yeah, and I needed a nap this afternoon. I had 20,000 steps after I was finished running. :-/