The weather: 38 degrees in the valley, warming to 55 during the run.
The strategy: Bring my own stuff, and alternate 10 minutes running with 5 minutes walking. During each walk, take one shot of gel from a flask and 3 mouthfuls of hydration.
- Carried in my Ultimate Direction hydration pack: resevoir filled with pre-mixed (at home) Nuun electrolyte fluid, bottle of Hammer Gel (apple cinnamon), sunscreen stick, chapstick, asthma inhaler, cell phone, mp3 player, car key.
- On my person: Moving comfort bra top, l/s technical T shirt, s/s cotton shirt, insanely sexy black Injinji toe socks, Cw-x conditioning tights, New Balance 767's.
Success. I got a little tired toward the end, as this run was a tiny bit longer than I'd anticipated, but I never got thirsty, and I never bonked, and my weight stayed the same. My feet don't hurt, but my left hammy aches a tiny bit. I did it in 3:50. Afterward, I was famished! I had a large iced tea lemonaid, large protein smoothie, bowl of potatoes, and some vegan sausages.
Next week: 18 or 19 miles. I may be trying homemade energy gel from Ellie's recipe. There's also this recipe, this recipe, or this recipe. I'll keep you posted.