18mi LSD requires a little more food than my normal bagel and coffee breakfast.
Yellow, "Got Fuel"? How do you fuel up for your long runs? On the menu today was a BOB aka a Bananna Oatmeal and Bagel.
Oh yeah, I also had a cup of coffee, that should be enough for the 18mi journey. Before heading out the door I did a final check.
Post run equipment, keys, gel shots, hydration belt and water filled with Nuun tabs. Awww as I paused for a moment standing at the door before closing it behind me, ok I think that's it.
My plan was to break the run into thirds. I planned on running the first 3miles at a 12min avg pace, the next 3mi. at 11min and so on gradually increasing the pace by a minute running the last 3 at a 7:38 avg pace.
After my warm up trot I stretched and then hit the trail. Trying to stick to a 12min avg pace was ruff, but I needed to stick to the script.
I hit the Temple street gates at the 8.5mi mark then I needed to turn around. No, it's not a clever metaphor for the dreaded "Wall" it is a literal gate on the trail.
Around mile 12 I realized I may run out of water. Argh!! Sure enough I did. My last 2 miles were hydrationless until I reached the water fountain at the end of the run.
I could see the fountain off in the distance, it was like a mirage. A glance at my watch and it was 17:95 now I've gotta do the runners pee pee dance for an even 18mi.
Help!! Water please. Shower me down from heaven with a beverage. I'd settle for a Hydration Vest.
Hmmm!! That's it I'm going to need more water on my long runs, so I took to FaceBook for suggestions. I settled on HydraQuiver Vest. I'll let you know how it stacks up.
What do you take along with for your long runs?