Whew! We had 12 miles on the schedule, I did a bit more than 13. Most of the morning was still and windless, and it was humid the whole time. The good thing is that there was cloud cover and occasional sprinkles. For our run, we had water stops at 6 miles and 9 miles, so we used those stops for refilling bottles and fueling ourselves with our fuels of choice.
Johnny (pace leader) had us run the entire first 6 miles w/o stopping (not a problem) then only stopping again at the next water stop. Around mile 10 he had us speed up, not just to race pace, but beyond race pace. Then the final mile was at a greatly reduced speed for cool down.
In my water bottle I had Brendan Brazier’s Lemon-Lime Sports Drink (recipe from the Thrive Foods book), and I brought 2 dates, halved and filled with walnuts (four snacks), and two Shot Bloks. by the end of the run I only had 2 of the walnut snacks left, and a little bit of sports drink.
I wanted to run and extra mile so I continued on and at the next water fountain added water back to my bottle.
Before my run, for breakfast, I had Chocolate Chia pudding, from the same cookbook mentioned above. The entire run I had plenty of energy, strong legs, and felt no problems at all, other than my feet being slightly sore. It was a very good run and I felt confident, calm, and energetic the whole way.
I’m thinking my breakfast and fueling strategy is working for me.