These deer were watching me. Not my house.
My horse friend.
Big field I run by after the horses.
1.5 miles before the end of my run.
52F and sunny when I started out at 4pm. 10.49 miles in 2 hours. Avg Heart Rate: 172; Max HR 183. Went well. I had an "island nectars" gu at about 5.5 miles, after stopping to photograph my horse friend (reflected in my lap 6 pace). Cool down was a jog for .3 miles; walk for .2 miles.
As I was preparing for my long run both last week and this week, I asked myself:
How much stuff is TOO much stuff to bring with me running?
I got my snazzy little ifitness pouch back in the fall after seeing that at my half marathon expo. It is great for running with my small camera, not to mention holding my license, keys, and maybe some shot bloks or gu.
I just recently got the hand held water bottle which I em enjoying for my longer runs, as the weather is warming up and my long runs are getting longer. It has a key hook and room for a gu in the zip pouch.
My Garmin accompanies me on all my runs.
And I run with music about once a week. I don't want to become too dependent on music for keeping me motivated, but I'm starting to consider running with music for my upcoming half marathon (I did not run with music for my previous two halfs). It's going to be a more low-key half marathon, through a park, without spectators lining the course. I might require a little extra motivation to get me through the hills, too. I don't play my music loud enough to drown out other noises, so I am not concerned with the music making me oblivious to my surroundings.
I don't always run with ALL this stuff...but last week I did run with the watch, my water bottle and the mp3 player. Which meant I had something in each hand, which wasn't really an issue but I felt kind of ridiculous.
Today I ran with the ifitness pouch, which carried my camera, license, and mp3 player (set on a play list so I wouldn't have to hit any buttons). Also wore the watch, and carried my water bottle which held the gu & apartment keys.
1. What do you bring with you on your long runs?
2. Do you run with music?? What are your thoughts on music during races?