Weekend Running Recap & 1st 20+ Mile Week

What a gorgeous weekend! This is my perfect weather--sunny but still on the cool side.

Before I get to the weekend, I have to mention Thursday's interval run. I'd forgotten to charge my Garmin so had to go Garmin-less, which I never do. Blah! I did my intervals based on visual distance, but there was no way for me to check my pace. I felt like the run didn't even count since I couldn't see my stats. My Garmin is five years old, so I've been looking at the newer models. Oh...I am in love with the Forerunner 620! All the current ones make mine look like a dinosaur. I'm not getting one anytime soon since there's nothing technically wrong with mine, but I'm having Garmin dreams.

I ordered some running goodies from Amazon last week, but my package was lost. I did get two out of the three things.

The first was a Nathan QuickDraw Plus hand-held water bottle. I'm a huge water drinker. Even as a kid, I shunned soda and fruit juice for water. But, the few times I carried a bottle with me on runs, I hated it, and I hate wearing a water belt, maybe because mine looks too much like a fanny pack. But since I really like to sip water when I run, and because I've read great reviews of the Nathan hand-held, I thought I'd give it a try.
I love it! Because of the grip, you don't actually have to hold the bottle. It was very comfortable. I really didn't even notice much that I was carrying a bottle. Also, the pocket is large. I put tissue and raisins in mine, but it will hold lots of energy gels and/or a phone. The cap was easy to open to drink during the run but a bit hard to close all the way. Overall, I really like it.

I also got Salt Stick caps. These were another thing Kristy recommended in her post on fueling. I thought these may help with the nausea I sometimes feel when I'm pushing hard. There is a variety with caffeine, but I got the one without caffeine since I'm unsure whether I'm sensitive to it on runs.


Yesterday (Saturday) was a 6-mile run on the river trail. I took Energybits and a Salt Stick cap and ate a tablespoon of chia seeds before I headed out. It was sunny but cool--about 55. I wore a hat and had no problems with the sun. In fact, I felt incredible throughout the whole run--no nausea, no fatigue--which I have to think was a result of the Energybits and Salt Stick. The only problem I had was that my left foot fell asleep, which has never happened to me and took me a while to figure out what was going on with my foot, but then it went away after a few minutes. This run was supposed to end with a 10-minute strong finish of 30 to 45 seconds faster than the pace I ran at. I had no problem speeding up for the last 10 minutes. Yay for Energybits and Salt Sticks! Also, I ate a handful of raisins about halfway through. I didn't really need to, but I want to start practicing fueling options. As before when I ate them on long runs, I had no issues with the raisins.

After the run, a shower, and lunch, we headed down to Wheeling, WV with Django. We walked on the river trail for a bit, and then walked through the North Wheeling Historic District and through Downtown. It was about a two-hour walk, and Django was beat at the end. We stopped at a convenience store to get him a beef jerky, which perked him up quickly and had him doing nice sits on the sidewalks without my even asking.

Here I am giving Django a hug. You can't see it too much, but I just got a new Lululemon Power Y tank in Pretty Purple, which I love with these Yogasmoga Violet Twilight leggings and Athleta Grey Shiva Top.

Wheeling has city steps too!

This morning was an easy run. To get my weekly dose of hills, I went to the 31st Street Bridge and did three nice, easy hill climbs.

This week was the first week I've run over 20 miles! I'm happy that I'm still injury free and don't feel any fatigue, so I think I'm doing a good job of gradual progression.

Enjoy the rest of this nice weekend!

Weekly Recap

Total weekly mileage: 21.55

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