A Mild Hot Week.

That's what the weather forecaster predicted for the weather this week, " a mild hot week." Hearing this put a huge smile on my face. No pressure to wake up in the wee hours of the AM to get a run in before the burning sun gets out.

In fact, yesterday I was able to put in a 7 mile run at 10:00 am! There was a breeze every now that I loved that hit my face giving me some relief. Got to try for the first time a Hammer gel, chocolate flavor on mile 4. I felt like I was guzzing down chocolate frosting. Needed some water as a chaser as it was a bit too sweet.

I honestly, was expecting some big jolt of energy to kick in. I guess after reading many blogs about gels, I began to think like that of these. But, it did give me some stamina to keep pushing on times when I wanted to stop oh-so-badly.

On Sunday, I had intentions of doing a 4 mile run, but had to stop abruptly at mile 2 as I saw two big stray dogs come out of nowhere. Had to call the hubs to come and pick me up. I'm a scaredy cat like that. I knew I shouldn't have gone down this pathway as it's nothing but weeds on both sides. Felt a little vulnerable here as I kept thinking a big possum or a gazilion of field mice is going to come out and spring at me.

The good news about this run is that I got to use my fuel belt for the first time. Felt like such the nerd with it. I ain't gonna lie. If I were to compare the feeling, it would be a stereotypical nerd with a pocket full of pens and pencils in their pocket. I know. I'm just not used to it and I'm sure people whom I pass by aren't phased by it, either.

The verdict: It's an okay belt. I don't like how the bottles and little bag when pushed to the back of me creeps back to the front after running for a bit. Also, I don't like how I have to tighten the strap every now and then. It's a bit distracting.

This morning, I had a easy run/walk with the BFF. I was there to support her as she just had a beautiful baby boy and wants to get back into shape. So, we woke up at 6:00 am, and headed out there at 7:00 am. Was a bit excited as I was going on a trail I've never been before. So, my adrenaline was slightly pumping with that excitment.

Since this was her first time in a long time to go running, we did interval training. I initially set it up the Garmin to where we can run for 5:00 minutes and walk for 2:00 minutes. But, she was getting tired quickly even with slowing down our pace and so we ended up doing the reverse. Hah. Oh wells, with time I guess it'll get easier for her. Let's just hope she gets into running and enjoys is as much as I do. I would love to have another running partner. The more the merrier.


Shanghaigrl said...

i hope you support me too when i'm trying to get rid of my baby weight. :) So it's a nay on the belt huh?

Pandesaldreamer said...

It's not a total nay. It helps me alot when I go on my long runs. Beats holding the water bottle in my hand. Plus, I like how I can keep my phone and gu's in the little pocket it has.

joyRuN said...

Dogs do that to me too. There's enough stories out there of runners getting bit by wayward canines - don't feel like experiencing that mess for myself!

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