Every once in a while, I come across those "did you know" type pieces on the tube or on the web that introduces me to something I did not know! Today I give you "did you know" about me...as I posted last yesterday, I was a sprinter in high school but never a great distance runner. But did you know, I really did not start running any distance races till the Newburyport Half Marathon in May! It was in fact it was my first race of any type since I was 19 years old when I was sprinting down the track at Arlington High School.
Ok, so with they one piece of boring information out of the way, today I hit the trails/roads following a day off yesterday,, getting back on the path towards a goal of achieving a 1:30 half marathon. Since I am clocking in at 2hrs at the moment, I have a long voyage ahead but I shall keep my eyes on the prize! Since I seem to be taking my pace down a minute (per mile) down every other month, I am on my way....
As my thoughts on the weekend, One of my major takeaways from Saturday's half marathon in Portland Maine was this - keep hydrated! As I hit the last few miles of the race, there were plenty of people hurting and that burning sun did not help. I am sure most people do this but I will mention it anyway! I drink on average 100oz a water a day and a bit more leading up the days before. Race day I start with an energy drink from Metagenics (endura) and as I run the race, I hit every water stand and drink water (trying to avoid the other drinks). I don't skip any of these stands and I believe that is what is helping me tackle these half marathons without any major hydration issues. Of course I am sure there are even better ways out there but this is what I am doing till I find a better one!
As for other things going on, I am entertaining the idea of running the Newburyport 10 miler at the end of the month. I have friends running it but I am unsure how to run it...it is not a half marathon but also not a 10k. I guess I will have to strategize and practice.
Have a good day!