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Only 8 Weeks Left!

Last Saturday I ran 8 miles for the first time!  I managed to average a 12:50 pace which means I ran for 1 hour and 45 minutes straight!  That is crazy but it was awesome!  The cooler temperature helped but I am also getting stronger and faster.  I guess that makes me a faster penguin!

Naturally longer runs need mid run fuel to replenish glucose and electrolytes so I have started using GU gels.  It  can be a little challenging slurping down a thick jelly like substance and then chasing it down with water while running, not to mention opening the packet with sweaty hands! Yet, it seems to be the easiest option for now and it  definitely helped me on last Saturday’s run.  GU gels also come in several flavors, but my GU of choice is Lemon Sublime!

So, miles are increasing and the weeks are decreasing!  Only 8 weeks left until my very first half marathon which will be on December 3rd for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis!  That is not very much time!  I have a lot of miles to cover and hopefully I will reach a faster pace by then.  My hubby is ready now!  He could easily run a half marathon today and at a pretty good pace, but I need all the time and training that I can get!   It also helps  to have friends in high places too!  😉

St. Jude pray for me.

My longest run; so far!

The alarm clock went off at 5:55 A.M. Saturday morning, but I did not want to get up!  My sleep had been interrupted several times  by older sons who were up all hours of the night and our dog barking at a moth that somehow made it into the laundry room where she sleeps!  I somehow  managed to get up and stagger to the kitchen to eat some “fuel” for my long run with our training group!

I have never liked  eating early in the morning, but now I  eat a banana and peanut butter and honey toast before my long runs on Saturday.  I am learning, sometimes the  hard way, how important nutrition is for running!

Superman peanut butter

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This time our run was on the trail for 6 miles!  The farthest I have ever run at one time!  I got in my pace group and started out intending to run in intervals of 7 minutes and walk 1 minute, but it was 63 degrees and felt awesome, so instead I kept running!  I kept my eye on a girl ahead of me and found my pace and kept  going and going and going!  Squeals! I was so excited!

I finished in 1 hour and 19 minutes.  Yes, it was a slow pace, but I ran all 6 miles!   It makes me think of The Turtle and the Hare, and we know how that race ended!