I did my long run today (12 miles) during the girls naps. Knowing it could be in the 70’s for the half in Pensacola next month, I figured it’d be good for me to run in warmer weather. Our thermometer said it was 77 this afternoon. It sure was toasty. At about 9 miles, I looped by our house to get a bit of water and eat a few Clif Bloks (my food of choice for long runs, marathons, etc). I’m trying to prep better for this half than the Chattanooga one – and 1 way is eating Bloks during my long runs so my tummy will be used to digesting them. So after a quick pit stop I ran my last 3 miles.
Now I have never been a run in just my sports bra runner – but a long run in 77 degree weather IN MARCH changed that today. I’m sure my pasty white 2 kids later belly scared a few people. But at least I don’t know them!!! Doubt I’d be brave enough on the mountain where 10+ people I know would probably drive past! :)
I averaged 7:08/mile for the run and felt good. That was encouraging. I did tell Jon a bit ago that I feel like I ran a race today. I definitely did not drink enough water early today (we were at the beach!) so I was a bit dehydrated I think. I took a quick nap, we had a steak dinner complete with red wine, and I’m feeling good now apart from achy knees.
For the record, I do not look forward to summer running here in Florida.