I took a longer run today at just under seven miles. I'm pretty happy about the distance I was able to handle, but I'm fairly tired. My running shoes have been through about 1600 miles with me since I bought them over a year ago, and you're supposed to replace them every 600-800 miles because all the padding wears out.
I can tell that my knees and ankles are a bit sore from the extra miles and lack of padding, and I really need to get a new set. I special ordered a good pair of New Balance shoes (I have a 4E wide foot so stores don't generally stock my size) from a running store, so I should be able to
Something I really need to do is figure out my fuel situation. I always get cramps when I run with food in my stomach. In the past I've found that even bananas will cramp me up unless I wait five or six hours. But on this marathon I'll be in desperate need of fuel part way though, and I need to figure out what I can eat or drink without giving me cramps.
It was in the mid 80s when I was out for my run this morning, and pretty humid, so I was sweating bullets. I brought a water bottle with me so I could stay hydrated, though I think that water sloshing around in my stomach wasn't the best thing to have going on.
I should be doing a long run this weekend, but without the new shoes, I'm not sure that It's a great idea. We'll see.
I wish I had a better way of tracking my time, pace, and exact mileage during a run. I compltely lost track of time today.
My route is below.
To clarify, I went twice around mirror lake to accommodate a R-J photographer. I should have good pictures to post soon.
You can click on the route to zoom in and see where I back tracked, etc.