Wednesday, May 06, 2009
It is amazing all of the neuances that go into picking up and heading out for a run. Using the proper clothing for the weather, good shoes, good socks, good music (when your iPod or MP3 player works...grrr...and if you like that on your run), and fuel. Fuel is tricky. To carry, or not to carry. Often times, I carry either a 16 oz recycle-able water bottle, or my trusty 32 oz Rubbermaid sipper full of water. I tend to consume it...even on a run that I could either take or leave the fuel (i.e. under 6 miles). However, I noted something interesting yesterday. I took off without my music (darned finicky iPod!) and water...and I reached a PR on my run. Who knew? Not having those items (I think the water more than the tunes) shaved 3 minutes off of my run. Wowza! I have read that you can plant your fuel along your run. I'd have to consider that for long runs. No harm in buying a case of cheap bottled water and planting water up the route just before the run. Given the time differential, I may need to look into a camel back. I have a son in Scouts anyhow, so it could come in handy for him as well.