I signed up to do this virtual half-marathon:
I ran it yesterday. After being sick for the last week or so, I wasn’t sure how well it was going to go. Plus, I hadn’t run anything longer than 8 miles since October. Physically, I just wasn’t sure if I was where I should be in order to do a half-marathon, but I paid my money, and I really wanted the medal, so I decided to do the best I could.
I woke up yesterday to -12 degrees temperature outside, so I ran on the treadmill. I started out my run in my new shoes:
My first pair of Merrells! They are Bare Access Ultras. They felt really good for the first part of the run! They are really lightweight and feel really fast. However, they are minimalist shoes, so there isn’t a lot of cushion, so by mile 8, my calves were killing me, so I switched to my Glycerins, which have a lot of more cushion.
I also got to try out energy gels for the first time. I bought Huma Chia Energy Gels and decided to try the Raspberry and Mango flavors for my run. They’re quite good and they didn’t upset my stomach at all. I’m not really sure if they helped, however. By mile 9, I was POOPED. My calves were on fire and I was really tired. I ran the last 4 miles on fumes and sheer will. I took the first gel after running for an hour, and the second one 45 minutes later. I guess I need to play around with the times to see what works best for me.
I can’t tell you my official time, as the treadmill decided at 1 hour, 40 minutes to reset the time to 0:00 and at that point, I was close to 9 miles I think. I don’t know what happened, but it took me an hour and 7 minutes to complete the rest of the run, for a final time of around 2 hours, 47 minutes. Definitely not a PR, but it was better than I anticipated.
I feel really good today; no residual soreness and I feel well rested, so I’m really happy with how things went. As soon as I finish this blog post, I’m going to run 2 miles and do a PiYO workout.
My left big toenail is another story. I think it might be falling off. The right big toenail doesn’t look pretty, either. I did some research and it sounds like this is a normal occurrence for runners. If anyone out there has any advice on anything I can do for this, please let me know.
Before I sign off, I just want to acknowledge the passing of a legend, Leonard Nimoy AKA Mr. Spock. As a nerd, Star Trek has always been one of my favorite series, both on TV and the movie versions, so I’m very sad. I think I’ll spend some time today watching some old Star Trek episodes on Netflix. Live long and proper, my friends!