Last night I made plans to meet up with my husband's friend Ryan who has recently gotten back into running. We met up at the Old Plank Trail in Frankfort with the pup for 4 miles. I didn't want to look at pace and just run according to how I felt. I haven't had a rest day since the half marathon so I didn't want to push it. I took a speed work break this week because of the shuffle, but I'll be back at it next week. I think my next 5k is going to be in April so I have to keep up the speed work to meet that 22:xx goal! I felt great during the run and tried a new type of fuel.
I follow Gu on Facebook and they offered some free samples to some people that completed a survey. I was one of those folks and receive a sample of the Roctane Ultra Endurance powder shown above in both lemon lime and grape. (The website link has some more information on this product if you're interested). I gave the grape a try last night and I really liked it. The flavor was good and it didn't seem to mess with my stomach. Then again, I was only running 4 miles. :) I'm going to give this stuff a try more in the upcoming weeks. I don't know if I want to put the cart before the horse, but I'm really liking this stuff and it might give me what I need while being easy on my stomach?! Have you tried this product before? If so, let me know what you thought!
We ended up finishing the 4 miles in 39:18 (average 9:49 pace) with negative splits at every mile. Even with the warm temperatures, I didn't feel horrible. Maybe it is because the temps weren't as bad as Sunday. Maybe, dare I say it, my body is starting to get "used to" these temps? Either way, it felt good and I'm excited that I wasn't dying in the heat. My dog on the other hand was completely pooped at the end. I got her some water and realized that I need to start carrying more water for me and for her while out running. Maybe I need to invest in one of those retractable dog bowls to keep with me?
|Just look at that face, so tired!|
This Saturday I'll be attending the Chicago Running Blogger meetup and the Shamrock Shuffle expo after that. I'm excited to meet up with fellow running bloggers! Can't wait to meet all you guys! :)
P.S. I'm going to have my first official giveaway and another raffle (a big big prize this time around!!) starting soon! I'm excited and can't wait to share it with all of you! :) Happy Hump Day!