Sunday, December 5, 2010

Round and Round

I was jonesing for an outside longer run. Being still deer gun season here in Ohio, I opted to visit the local high school track. I had thought about a 1/2 marathon to run over in Ashland on Saturday, but then preferred to do my own "Fat Ass" version of it. I brought my aid station right into the track-gym bag and a gallon of water mixed up with some Heed.

Then I started running in circles.
Many times.
It's not as bad as you might think. I listen to podcasts. I zone out. I let Garmin keep track.

At five miles, I turned and ran the opposite direction. I was keeping a nice pace. My slowest mile was a 13.06, where I walked a lap while chewing up Perpeteum and washing it down.

They have come out with solid Perpeteum Tablets. These are chewable. 3 Tablets are one serving, with 100 calories, 20 grams of carbs, 3 grams of protein. I have not formed an opinion on these yet. I was chewing about a 1/2 tablet at a time, and it was sticking to my teeth, and I had to keep washing it down with water. Maybe I will try chewing up smaller pieces next time. Now, I really did not need Perpeteum on this length of a run, I just wanted to try it out.
These solid tablets would be easy to carry during an ultra than the powder. I will be trying this out at the upcoming URINEO FatAss December 18.

Around mile 11, my hamstrings and glutes were starting to tighten up and protest. I switched from podcasts to rock and roll. I finished my half-marathon in 2.24.54. This is my fastest 1/2 marathon time in about 4 or 5 years. I think I was around the 2.30 mark at my second marathon, the Las Vegas Marathon (and I was real unhappy with that time!) Isn't it great, how your perspective can change? Now I'm very happy with my average 11.04 pace. I was running at a comfortable pace, and all time includes my aid station stops, five minute walking warm up. So I am indeed getting faster!

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