I think I’ve figured out the trick for me with long runs… make sure I have no time sensitive plans scheduled for afterwards. When I do have plans and have to make myself get up at a certain time to get my long runs done, I start looking at it as a chore and it really messes with me mentally. We’ll see how that goes three weeks from Saturday (!!) since I don’t get to influence the start time of the race itself.

I slept in later than I have in a LONG time on Saturday, and woke up around 11am! It felt so great, and I took my time making a simple breakfast, my staple pre-run fuel.

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An english muffin with peanut butter and banana… plus coffee with half and half. (Side note – I’ve completely switched over to regular (organic) half and half with my coffee and have been loving it. It’s so creamy and at 1 pt for 2 tablespoons, totally worth it in my opinion.)

After eating, I got myself dressed up and ready to go. I have been experimenting with different hydration techniques the last few weeks because I go through phases with what works for me. For a while there, I was using my fuel belt, but then I started not liking the way it felt around my waist and how it would ride up. After that, I switched to a Camelbak, but I haven’t been that into using it for training runs because it feels like such a hassle to fill up and clean even though I know it’s not.

Last weekend for my 9 miler, I bought a bottle of water during the run, but this past Saturday, I tried my handheld waterbottle for the first time in a while.

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I like it because it has a little pouch that I put my two Vanilla Bean GUs in for the run, and its not heavy at all. I barely even have to hold it since my hand goes through the strap, but it does occasionally make my hand go numb which can be annoying.

After getting geared up, I headed out for the run. I had mapped out a route on that I took one last look at before slathering my (once non-existent) collarbone with BodyGlide, and then I was off.

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The run itself was awesome. I tried to just run at a pace that felt comfortable and soak in the perfect weather and scenery. I almost never stop to take photos when I run, but as I was passing mile 7 and looked to my left, I couldn’t help it.

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Sometimes I take for granted the gorgeous scenery I get to run around… but not Saturday. It was breathtaking. Or maybe that had something to do with the fact that I was 7 miles into my run… either way it wasn’t bad to look at.

I don’t have too much to say about the run itself – the first two miles were a little tough mentally but then I got in my groove and just kept trucking along. I ended up finishing just under a 10 minute pace, which was perfect for the training run.

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In terms of fuel, I ended up taking both GUs even though I wasn’t planning on it. I took the first one at about 4.5 miles (~45 minutes) and then the second one around 7.5 miles because I was starting to drag a bit and wanted to finish the run strong.

And you know what? I did just that.

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I felt like a million bucks when I was done – my first double digit run in almost 6 months. Booya.

What is your preferred method of hydration? And distance-wise, at what point do you carry water with you for a run?

I tend to carry water only if I’m going for more than 6 miles. If I’m running for less than an hour, I am usually good with just drinking before and after the run, but any more than that and I like to have something with me. In terms of hydration method, I really go through so many different phases with what works for me at the time like I said above. I think I will use my Camelbak on the day of the half like I did last time, but it doesn’t seem worth it to go through the trouble for every training run.

14 Comments on Booya

  1. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    February 21, 2012 at 8:52 am (9 years ago)

    Yay- congrats on your double-digit run! Saturday was my rest day, but the weather was so nice that I took one of my dogs for a “fast walk” so that I could at least get out and enjoy it!
    I have tried many different options as far as hydration while running. I know that the handheld bottle would bug me! I have two different belts- one has little bottles on each side, the other holds a bottle behind you (but that one tends to bouce and ride up no matter what). I usually only do long runs on trails, and take a camelbak or small backpack for those. On the road, I never really run more than 6 miles at a time and can last without water during those runs.
    Man, I NEED a Garmin!

  2. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    February 21, 2012 at 8:54 am (9 years ago)

    Okay I had to bust out laughing at the Body Glide because we have it too and I always mistakenly call it Astro Glide and my Mr is like “no that’s an ENTIRELY different thing!” HA!

  3. Elizabeth
    February 21, 2012 at 9:11 am (9 years ago)

    Thanks for this post! I’ve been doing 1/2 marathons and longer races since I was about 27 and now I’m 36 with two kiddos. I find it’s harder to psych myself up for the long training runs knowing that I’ll finish and still have to chase the kids! But, I love your running posts, and especially this one because I needed a new option for hydration. My fuel belt drives me crazy!

    Your blog is an amazing inspiration to me. I love your attitude and your practical advice! I’m making the mexican stuffed peppers for my family’s dinner tonight!

  4. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    February 21, 2012 at 9:48 am (9 years ago)

    I know what you mean about time sensitive plans and long runs not meshing well. I think that was part of my problem last weekend- I was forced to wake up early after not going to bed early. It didn’t end well. Meh.

  5. Lauren
    February 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm (9 years ago)

    I love the feeling of accomplishing the DD runs. Something about reaching two numbers side by side is just so gratifying as a runner. Congrats girl!

  6. SlimKatie @ Runs for Cookies
    February 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m glad you posted this! I was just researching about whether I should get a fuel belt, or camel back or hand held bottle, or WHAT for my long runs. The longest distance I’ve run so far is a half-marathon (where I didn’t need to carry water) but now that I’m training for my first full marathon, I need to figure out a plan!

  7. Danielle
    February 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm (9 years ago)

    Saturday was a great day for a run! I was out running around the monuments, too. I don’t carry water unless its over 5 miles, in which case I try to be able to stop at the house/buy it/etc. I really do not like carrying things!

  8. Maria
    February 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm (9 years ago)

    Haha, your Saturday run was way different from mine. I went around 5p and was hoping to do 9 but only got thru 8.5 bc I miscalculated the route and felt like hell by the end of it and couldn’t drag myself to run the last 1/2 mile. So far in training for this first half, I have yet to hydrate during a run…should probably try that out sometime 😛

  9. Ericka @ The Sweet Life
    February 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve been thinking about the hydration thing lately. This weekend I went on a 10-mile run w/o any fuel or water and was toast by the end. Bad idea! However, I originally made the decision because I couldn’t stand the thought of lugging my fuel belt with me. I’ve been seriously considering a handheld water bottle for those in-between distances like 10-12 miles so this made me consider even more. Glad you had a good run 🙂 I’ll be running the DC Rock n’ Roll half!

  10. Jenny
    February 22, 2012 at 10:11 am (9 years ago)

    Great job on the run! For long runs, I love love love my Amphipod; it’s super easy to use and I’ve added a pouch to hold my iphone/keys. I have the Velocity with the rapid access pouch. Because it fits in the small of your back, I don’t have any weird jiggles or feel uncomfortable. I carry phone, gu, and keys. I only use it when I’m going over an hour on the trail/roads.

  11. Sara
    February 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve only run up to a 10K distance before, but I’m with you – 6 miles or less and I’m fine drinking before and after a run. But I’m also about to start training for my first half marathon this weekend, so I’ll be getting into runs longer than 6 miles in about 5-6 weeks and will need to look into hydration options.

    Also? I think I’m with you on the whole half & half thing. I’ve tried truvia and a tiny splash of unsweetened almond milk, or just the almond milk alone, but it just tastes BAD and I’m over trying to make my coffee 0pts. I’d much rather use up a point and have a full cup that I actually enjoy and finish!

  12. Liz
    February 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm (9 years ago)

    I miss those views! I agree the camelbak can be a hassle, but mainly because it is a pain to clean.


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