I don't actually have a fever, I just thought it sounded good for a Friday title. ;)
So, we're all passing around some kind of cold, involving a sore throat and congestion. I woke up this morning with my throat hurting...only when I swallow though. I was frustrated because today was supposed to be my long run. The weather is perfect, I was going to drive into the next town and run a route I have not run before to get my 6 miles in. I decided to run anyway but stick near home with my normal route up around the park and lake. I left my water and fuel sitting on the back of the car in the driveway so I could run by halfway through and try out refueling!
First pass around the lake was beautiful, throat not bothering me at all...unless I swallowed. LOL.
I wanted to find out what my 10K pace was at a comfortable speed, so I paced myself, which looks like somewhere around 10:30-10:45. Beautiful run and felt fantastic and like I could do more by the time I got back to the house around 3.25. I grabbed my fuel, a GU energy gel, Chocolate Outrage, tore it open and hoped for the best. OHMEHGERD! This stuff was fantastic!
Let me just clarify here...I bought this variety pack of GU stuff, they don't know I exist, they didn't pay me, I'm not getting anything for giving my opinion... this stuff is THE BOMB! It was like thick brownie batter. I got as much out as I could, chugged some water and headed back out.
Second shot around the lake wasn't as pretty. Not only had the clouds moved in, but looks like my phone camera lens got foggy b/c I was sweating all over it! LOL. This may be an issue for the Princess. I MUST have good pics! It's a requirement!
I never lost any energy like I usually do, so either the fueling helped or it's a great placebo! Whatever works, I felt strong and steady the whole run. I tried not to push too fast at the end, but I know I will in the race, so I sped up a bit at the end of the 6.2
Hit 10K, stopped the Garmin, and took a picture. WOOT!!!!!!!! Looky looky! 1:06:43!!!
Really, really excited, my hope was 1:08! I started it back up and ran another half a mile home, making the run my longest to date! 6.75 miles. Take THAT sore throat!
So, I would love to be profound here, but it's not really a profound post. I wanted to do my long run, I had a sore throat, I did it anyway, feel fantastic, and ended up with a PB.
QUESTIONS FOR TODAY:
Have you ever run sick and gotten a PB?
Do you think I should get a Point & Shoot instead of my camera phone for the race? (btw, Rey thinks this is NUTS as I will never use it after the race, seeing as I have a DSLR)