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8 mile run--heigh-yo! (plus fuel experiment)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The schedule had 8 miles today and it was a toss-up if it was going to get done on the 'mill or the road. Having spent all week on the treadmill, I wanted to go outside. Hm, so I did!

Had a minor issue when I found the dam trails where I usually go were closed, but only to cars. Went the 'back way', parked and started out.

Weather: light snow in addition to the 2-3" fresh on the ground, temperature of 14 degrees
Mileage: 8.3 (with cool-down)
Intervals: 1:1, with some variance
Pace: 14:11 (you can't go too slow in snow)
Time: with the cool down and all about 1:59:00, yep, close to 2 hours
Weather by the time I finished: no snow, 23 degrees, wind was picking up
Route: Dam roads, snow-packed, 2 large hills on either end of course

I'm kind of proud of that 8 miles. First it's the LONGEST I've run--ever. And because the regular trails had way too much snow to be dragging my feet through, I stuck to the park roads--and yes, it was uphill BOTH ways and in the SNOW. LOL. In other words, I had to make a couple of long loops to make the miles. I met the guy with the snow plow and salt about 5 times. I'm sure he thought I was off my nut, but I waved to him every time just to cinch it in his mind.

Now about the fuel part...I have never used fuel or water as part of my runs--they've all been short. So I got an Amphipod water bottle. Here's a pic (bonus Sweets in the background, 'cause that dog knows a good product when she sees one or maybe she just wanted out?):

I thought it was great! The strap gripped my hand and it had a pocket for my cell phone, some fuel (see below) and my car key. Not too bouncy, it seemed just right and for the first time ever drank water on a run.

Fuel-wise, I'm also a newbie, so I tried these Shot Bloks:

The 'dosage' is 3-6 of these blocks every hour during activity. What can I say? I had half a banana at the house before leaving, so I tried one of these about 45 minutes into the run. The temperature made it pretty hard and I found breathing and chewing two somewhat opposable forces. Gulped it down, followed by water. Tried a second one about a half hour later. Kind of burpy afterwards--strawberry--and a few bits hung on to my back molars. In fact, I think they still might be there. Not sure if it made any difference, maybe I needed to take them according to directions? Taste was okay, not a big fan of chewing that big of a block so would cut them down the next time.

For my next long run (week after next) I'll try some gel and see where that gets me.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

STEPHM-ARATHON 1/28/2014 10:59AM

    Way to go! That sounds like a hard route and you pushed through it.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/27/2014 10:00AM

    Great job! emoticon

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MWWENSIN 1/27/2014 9:58AM

    Great run. Workouts in the snow are much tougher. At 14 F it is tougher to get out there. I use gels for my workouts gu gel Espresso Love. I have never tried the shot blocks although I am a big fan of clif energy bars for general use but I dont use these while training.

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ROXYZMOM 1/27/2014 7:58AM

    Great job on your long run! Must have been beautiful. Be real careful around those plow trucks! One of my friends died after getting run down by one two years ago. The driver didn't see her.

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MISSY455 1/26/2014 11:58PM

    emoticon very impressive run especially in the snow!!! emoticon

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TXPATRIOT 1/26/2014 10:28PM

    Great job, girl! And in the snow no less!


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BLITZEN44 1/26/2014 10:23PM

    Wow! 8 miles in the snow!!! Way to bring it! emoticon

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CHANGE4FIT 1/26/2014 7:45PM

    Impressive-I am not loving the cold weather. My oldest daughter runs with a water vessel like you show-she swears by it. You GO!

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2BDYNAMIC 1/26/2014 6:37PM

    WOW ........ wee!! You are hard core! ......... emoticon

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MBTEPP 1/26/2014 6:01PM

    WTG! It is exciting to get the LSR! kudos for getting out in the elements. Keep up the hard work.

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MALAMI518 1/26/2014 5:39PM

    emoticon emoticon

Great job on your run! I wimped out on going outside today, and our temperatures were about the same as yours.

Thanks for the review on the Amphipod water bottle and the Shot Blocks. I don't usually do any water or fuel on my runs, but I think I need to start when I do the longer distances. I'm not a big fan of ingesting anything while I'm running, and I don't think I'd want to have to chew, especially in the cold. It's a good suggestion to cut them into smaller pieces.

Are you training for something in particular? (I guess I can go read your info and past blogs and try to figure it out.)

Good luck with your runs and your fueling experiments!

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SERENE-BEAN 1/26/2014 4:47PM

    Impressive run!

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RACEWELLWON 1/26/2014 4:36PM

    Woo Hoo - good for you - 8 miles - isn't that how we meet ? Ann - you did very well , you brave one!! Love the fuel part - its very convenient! I have tried something similar to those energy snacks - good thing your molars are still with you ! lately besides this week - I have been preparing a Banana Bash - banana , avocado , trader Joes organic Greek yogurt , skim milk and protein powder - vanilla extract - thick but tasty ! Hugs Karen emoticon

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DOGLADY13 1/26/2014 4:35PM

    Way to go! Eight miles is quite the accomplishment! And in the snow. And uphill! Fantastic.

I am not a fan of gels but will use them if I'm exercising more than an hour and feel like I need one. I prefer to eat half a banana if I can carry it with me, rather than using a gel. If I take a gel, I prefer the chocolate/mocha ones. I had a strawberry/banana one that I literally gagged down because I had the trembles and there was nothing else. Tried blueberry, too, and didn't like it at all. My husband uses them, but his workouts are usually 90 to 120 minutes and needs a few shots of energy to get him through.

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TURTLETALK 1/26/2014 3:03PM

    Wow, I am impressed! emoticon

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