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11/07 – rest
11/08 – 5 mile run on gravel and paved roads. 44 degrees, wind 10 mph, humidity 46% Tried out the new wind blocking jacket over a merino wool shirt. Seemed like a comfortable run – I didn’t feel overly hot – but when I took the jacket off, my shirt was soaked with sweat. Apparently the jacket doesn’t breathe well. Going to try the jacket a few more times before I decide if I like it.
11/09 – 8 mile run on gravel and paved roads. 46 degrees, wind 5 mph, humidity 33% Comfortable run!
11/10 – rest (Achilles tendons a bit sore.)
11/11 – 14 mile run on gravel and paved roads. 61 degrees, wind minimal. Felt good the entire time! (See below.)
11/12 – rest and walking (NSOMAT)
11/13 – rest
So, for my long run, I tried a new sports drink: Perpetuem by Hammer Nutrition in the caffè latte flavor. This is designed for runs of hours in duration: basically ultra running. I’ve had a chance to sample the ‘normal’ Hammer sports drink which is called Heed in past races. I’ve appreciated the mild flavor as really sugary tasting, strongly flavored sports drinks don’t do much for me. Anyway, I prepped my fuel belt with Perpetuem, had half a peanut butter sandwich, and headed out. So, to get all this liquid down, I calculated I would have to drink about 2 ounces per mile. About two good swallows. So, at the end of mile 1, though I wasn’t the slightest bit thirsty, I walked about 30 seconds and drank 2 ounces. And I did so dutifully every mile thereafter, sure I would end up sloshing and in desperate need of a bathroom. I’m pleased to say that did not happen. I was neither awash with too much fluid nor looking for a handy bush to hide behind. I felt good throughout the run – no stomach upset from the sports drink, not dehydrated, not over hydrated. Huh. Maybe the folks who write about these things know what they are talking about.
As an aside, and I’m just saying… Does anyone else think the bottle design resembles a slightly mashed scrotum?
Just me? OK.
Ah, yes – it was warmer today than during my last few long runs and I’m still happy to report the swelling in my hands was fairly minimal. There was some, but I was able to manage my water bottles and open my Granola Thin without difficulty.
Oh yes – I almost forgot. With dinner after my run, I baked Chipotle flavored sweet potato fries. Wow! I’ve never been a fan of the sweet potato side dish with marshmallows and everything – too sweet, too gooey, too… much. But, I’ve been reading about running diets and sweet potatoes have lots of potassium and I thought I’d give these things a try. I’m liking them!!