The weather was the best! I received text messages from friends training in 100+ degree heat killing themselves, meanwhile I was having my best long run and time trial run ever! It was back to reality on Sunday as the blast of heat hit my face as I exited the HOU airport. I knew I was not in NJ anymore. Boo!
Running really was great, and I have to admit I was looking forward to possibly enjoying it! I had to do a 2 mile time trial while I was there, so I was going to run from my Mom's house to my old high school and hit the track. I did just that, but the track was being resurfaced. So on to "Plan B": I did my time trial on the road. My time was 23:20! 11:38 for the first mile and 11:42 for the second mile. That was with a 1 mile warm up. I can't tell you how good it felt to see those times. It relieves me to know that there is improvement, even though I can't always see it.
|Run Route from Fair Haven to Sea Bright.|
So if my time trial run wasn't good enough, my long run was also awesome! I did just over 9 miles miles in 2 hours. It was a long slow run too... I kept my heart rate in check for most of it, though it did get away from me on a couple hills. But to be able to hold a 13:04 pace for 2 hours is huge for me. I only took walk breaks every couple miles, since my ultimate goal for Redman is to do the run and walk through the aid stations.
|Oceanic Bridge, Sea Bright, NJ|
This weekend I'm going to do my regular Perpetuem and Water/Nuun on the bike and try Thermotabs for sodium on the run. A few people I know really like the Thermotabs and they're not coated or a caplet, so I think I might be able to absorb them pretty well. We'll see how it goes.