Monday, July 15, 2013

Half Marathon and New Fuel

Hi Guys!

 How was your Monday?  I'd say it was definitely a Monday alright.  I woke up in just enough time to shower, have a bowl of puffed kamut, get ready and go!  But now it's Monday night and I just finished watering the sunflowers out back.  They are really starting to grow, but no flowers yet.  I'm listening to the Frank Sinatra station on Pandora.  What can I say other than this station is totally relaxing to me...
I wanted to share my Saturday half marathon with you!  I don't really plan whether I'll do my run on Saturday or Sunday, but simply just base it whether I get up early enough and if the humidity isn't ridiculous.  Well Saturday morning I was up before 7 o'clock and the humidity had taken a break so I had to take advantage.  I went out making the decision to run slower than I typically run.
 Running slower made all the difference.  My biggest thing is running out far enough to begin so I can get those miles in.  I ran to the end of my development and it was only 1.8 miles out and for some reason I thought it would be a lot farther.
Around mile 10 my legs started to get tired, but I kept telling myself you've run this far, what's another few miles?

So that was my half marathon journey Saturday morning.   And then of course I celebrated with some ice cream.  This was a brand/flavor I had never tried and it was a huge hit (I had a bowl earlier tonight as well...)
Ok, time to talk about my new fuel!  First, here is my fuel from Saturday - one water bottle, one with nuun tab, I ate 1/4 mojo bar around mile 7 and shot bloks sporadically starting at mile 3... 
And my husband surprised me tonight with these lovelies on the doorstep...look at that flavor!!! Double Expresso.  It's my coffee/running love all spun up together.  I can't wait to try them out this week!
 I also got electrolyte tabs which is crazy important this summer with the humidity.  I've got a 4 miler, 6 miler, and 14 miler up ahead this week.  We'll see how it goes.  Other news - I'm giving a running group a try this weekend.  There is a huge park by us that surrounds a beautiful lake and lots of trails.  The group sets up 4 mile, 6 mile, 11 mile, and 15 mile trail runs.  Last year 800 people participated.  It's every Sunday until fall so I want to at least give it a shot and see if it's for me - I'll keep you posted :) 
Have you ever joined a running group?
What's your favorite fuel when running/working out?


  1. You are a beast! Look at that those splits! I'm jealous of your running group, I'd LOVE to join one! How'd you find out about them?

    1. Thank you! I'm doing it through Fleet Feet!!! I know there is a bunch of running groups through the Rochester Fleet Feet! Check out their site =)

  2. Wow! You just woke up and run a half-marathon! Super impressive :) Well deserved coconut bliss for sure. Chocolate hazelnut fudge sounds divine!

    I tried a running group once and it wasn't for me. Haven't entirely ruled them out, just need to find one that works for me.

    I don't think I've ever run long enough to have to fuel during my runs but now that I've started half-marathon training I probably should. Will definitely have to give the shot bloks a try!

    1. Thank you! :) That's awesome that you are half-marathon training! I use fuel during halfs but everyone is different. I just found I feel better if I fuel around 6 miles. We'll see how the running group goes...

  3. That ice cream looks phenomenal! Congrats on the half... that's awesome! :)

    1. Thanks Heather! Oh the ice cream was TOO good!