Thursday, October 1, 2009

Short Run in Long Sweatpants

Today's Run: Road: Temperature: 53 degrees; 4.1 miles; 35:44; 8:42 per mile pace. Splits: 8:54; 8:46; 8:42; 8:36; .46.

I gave in to the cooler temperature today and wore sweatpants and a long sleeved top. Until today I was in denial that it's fall. The 53 degree temperature I guess was my wake-up call. I had a Vanilla Bean GU Gel before my run. Yeah, they're definitely better than Swedish Fish for a run. I actually impressed myself by running negative splits. From an 8:54 to an 8:36 over the 4.1 miles. Go figure. I felt "blah" yesterday, considered taking today off, wore sweatpants, felt "blah" for my first mile, and still had negative splits. Around the 1 1/2 mile mark I got a burst of energy, and the running from that point on was fun and effortless. I was thinking that my sudden energy was from having an energy drink before running. But then I remembered that I hadn't had one, but had eaten the GU gel a half hour earlier. As I've said in previous posts, I love the taste of the Vanilla Bean GU Gel, plus it always seems to give me an energy boost. I guess I'll have to fill my pockets with them for the New York City Marathon on November 1st. REALITY CHECK: It's exactly a month from today. Yikes! I still haven't signed up for the Hartford Marathon. The online registration ends tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. If I miss that, then I'll have to drive to Hartford the day before the marathon to register in person. That's not a big deal, since I only have to work a half day that day (Unless we have a workshop after school), and I will have to drive to Hartford to get my race packet even if I register online. Tune-in tomorrow and see if I register. FUNDRAISING UPDATE: Because of the generosity of my wife's co-workers, I'm just $200 away from my goal. I still have 16 days left to raise the money, so keep your fingers crossed for me.


Lisa said...

Are GU Gels the secret? I needed one today. I aspire to be like you one of these days, err,I mean years lol. If I could have average paces like you do I will be a very happy runner lol. Good luck with your marathon decision.

lindsay said...

woo hoo you took the plunge! hartford will be a great tuneup. don't get too caught up in your competitive nature :) i know, much easier said than done!

i haven't found a gu flavor i don't like yet! (thank goodness!)

Irish Cream said...

Oh, how it saddens me to read about you people and your "fall temps". Sigh. I want some! But oh well, I guess I'll be laughing when it's snowy and cold, won't I? :)

Wow, you are so close to your fundraising goal! That is AWESOME! I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get there!!