I asked myself that same question this weekend SO many times on my 16 miler this past weekend. Am I really running 16 miles, again? Can I do this? Am I really passing by so many bathrooms?! First off, I haven’t ran over 13.1 miles in a LONG time. Like since May 31st and the 1st marathon experience long time. I knew I have to up my mileage and get my started back in the train of thought that maybe once again I will run another marathon. I also wanted to prove to myself that I could run longer distances once again. I was going to run early Sunday morning and take off from Mr. R’s place, but then when I woke up I realized I left my running shoes at my house. WHOOPS. So then, I waited all day for the heat to pass, and took off right around 5:30. As many of you know, one of my main problems is nutrition while I run. When reaching higher mileage, there comes a point where you must eat something, or your body can’t continue running because your are running on fumes. I have found that the “running” starts a little bit early when I take Gus, shot blox, chomps or anything of that sort, if you catch my drift. After numerous bathroom stops and many upset stomachs I have really looked into different types of ‘food’ to eat on my run, including jelly beans, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pop tarts, and sport beans. For this run, I opted to try the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I made a whole one and cut it into four little squares. I put two in a small snack bag and the other two in a different small snack bag and stuffed them all into my loincloth pouch, along with a small bag of jelly beans. Any extra excuse to eat candy, seriously. I was worried that this too might make me, perhaps, explosive, but I was more than willing to try new things.
I also have had many issues with my fuel belt. Pulling it down the ENTIRE run because it slides up my hips gets a little annoying. Getting chafed from the beast on my back and on my hips also isn’t very pleasant and it about sent me through the roof when I found perfect little bruises from the blasted thing on my hips. Enough is enough and though I vowed I would never try it, because I thought I would hate it, I decided to try to run with a handheld. Now, a handheld is a water bottle with a strap attached so it can stay in your hand. I didn’t want to go out and get one if I didn’t know if I would like it or not, so I decided to try it for the first 8 miles of my 16 and then thought I could drop it at my house. I decided to make my own to test it out and see how I liked it.
Whalaa. Jank, yes, free, yes. A water bottle with a coozie, to help it not get condensation on the outside and get too slippery for me to carry. Reppin’ some Miller lite as well. Can’t go wrong. I was worried that I would get so tired of carrying it.
I mapped my run on mapmyrun.com before hand and wrote down the exact route in my phone so just in case I forgot or got lost, I could look at my phone and know where to go. Filled my bottle with red G2, which I normally don’t drink, but thought, heck this is an experimental run! I put my phone in my new iFitness belt along with my ipod, and attached my loincloth pouch to the belt as well and got my handheld and took off. I wore a running skirt and a running tank and a hat.