So the weather this weekend wasn't as warm as I thought it would be.
I did get in an 11+ mile run on Saturday. Hooray!
Sunday never warmed up out of the 40s, it was overcast, and very windy. Not the kind of weather that motivates me to get my bike out.
My 11-miler went well. It turned out to be 11.27 miles!
I brought along my Clif Shot Bloks, in Strawberry, which I loved back the fall. Now, I'm not so sure I love them though... They are ok, but I have really come around to liking Gu. I remember reading stuff online where people said they just didn't like chewing the Shot Bloks. I didn't feel that way 6 months ago, but kind of felt that way on my Saturday run. I like the flavor, but just kind of wanted to get the process over with faster.
3 shot bloks = 100 calories = 1 gu.
I couldn't deal with eating 3 at a time though. I had one at 3.8 miles, one at 4.3, then one at 6.5 and one at 8.5.
In order to fit them in my fabulous Camelbak handheld water bottle, I had to cut the package of 6 in half:
Here were my lap times.
My paces are what I would consider to be significantly faster than my long easy run from about 5 weeks ago, when my long run was between 8 and 9 miles. Improvement in pace: approximately :30.
When I returned from my run, my husband directed me to look in the fridge, so I did:
Ahhhhh!! Dunkin Donuts Nonfat Iced Caramel Latte. Such a nice treat for after my run!
Sunday we were lazy.
We went out for brunch at our favorite restaurant a 2 minute walk away.
Then came back home where we waited for it to warm up for our bike ride. It never did.
Instead, I played Old Lady Neighbor and watched people in the apartment building next to us move.
Does this look like a stable way to transport a couch?
That's right, no bungees. Cushions loose in the back.
I will make such a great retired person 40 years from now.
Energy gel/gu/chomps/bloks/pbj/whatever question for you:
What do you like to eat on long runs??
Also, how frequently do you eat something on long runs?
As I said, I used to like Clif Shot Bloks, but think I am moving in the direction of gu. Mint chocolate is a strong contender for my favorite flavor, at the moment. I was going to pick some up at a bike shop on my way home but didn't remember. But while at the grocery store today, I found some Clif Shot energy gel in the Nature's Marketplace section:
The Two on the Left are the "new formula." The one on the right is the old one (it was on sale). I picked up a strawberry, mocha, and razz.
We'll see which I like better: Gu or Clif Shot Gel.
I think with Gu, I'm learning that I like it around 4.5 miles/50 minutes into my run, assuming I've eaten within a couple hours of running. My plan for my half marathon is to take something at about mile 4.5 and again around mile 9ish.
I'd love to hear what you do for your long runs!!