Today’s run was perfect in so many ways. It was entirely the confidence builder that I needed for this training cycle.
1. My first thank you goes to this man for his support. It’s not easy spending 20 miles on a bike going at snail’s pace for 3 hours. But, he wore the Garmin (so that I wouldn’t be a slave to the numbers), listened to my musings about life, and even got a history lesson of the area. In the meantime, he made sure that I drank water every couple of miles and ate something every 45 minutes. I never bonked and when I wanted to walk he told me to stay strong and keep pushing. Seriously, I could not have completed this run in such a strong manner without his support.
Without further ado, I give you “scenes from a 20 mile run around a small Wyoming town.”
What made today’s run successful?
1. I didn’t run alone like I have for the last 18 and 20 milers. Mentally, this was huge.
2. I maintained a steady pace and took the time to take a couple of pics (or mention to JWail that he should take some pics)
3. I didn’t wear the Garmin, so my pace was unknown and where we were in the mileage was unknown (unless I heard a beep, then I knew another mile went by). I have been watching the watch way too much lately. JWail just told me my pace was steady and to keep going. So, I did.
4. I ate and drank regularly. Every 45 minutes, no matter what. And I went back to clif shots. I had been experimenting with other sugary fuels, like homemade cookies, and granola bars, but my body does best with clif shot gels.
5. We started early in the morning before it got too warm and the 45 mph winds kicked up.
What makes a successful run for you?
All of the above
If you have one, are you addicted to your Garmin?
Yes, and my runs are better without it, unless I am doing tempos or speed
What is the best view for you on your run, walk, bike, ect?
On the pedestrian bridge over the train tracks. Nothing says Wyoming like small historical buildings over a backdrop of trains and mountains.