Today I got up, drove through Starbucks and got a latte, and arrived at the running store at 645a. It was in the low-60s, which was a nice change. I had a few of the Honey Stinger Chews before getting out of the car. The first one was nice. It had a nice orange flavor. While chewing the second one, the sweetness was like getting punched in the teeth with a syrupy sledge hammer. The third one's texture made me a little queasy. Verdict: Honey Stinger Chews are great--as long as you only eat one, or are starving, or are in the middle of an intense workout and are in need of a quick boost of kick-ya-in-the-teeth sweetness.
The run started out great. Fantastic, even. I had a feeling that I started out too fast, "but whatever." The group of girls I was surrounded by was making me feel confined so I ran ahead. A smart person would have just hung back, let them go ahead, and pace off of them. I was not that person. I was the person sailing over hills without a second thought. At mile 4.5 I ate a Honey Stinger goo pack. I love honey and would give it a big hug and high-five it if it was a human or capable of receiving any form of affection. These gels are pretty much like eating straight honey. In fact, that's exactly what it is like. So, if you like honey, stock up on these bad boys right now, because I am going to go on Amazon in just a sec and order every case of them, fill up a giant baby pool with all the packs when they arrive and take a swim like Scrooge McDuck. THAT's how much I liked them.
Nothing good came after that gel pack. There were massive 2-minute hills. There were long downhills. There were boring stretches of roads that I have been on so many times lately. It was nice, however, to be alone on the roads for the majority of the time. It reminded me of my last half marathon where for many miles it was just me and a flat flat flat street surrounded by cornfields. I think of that fondly now, because I have edited out the part where my thighs were so chafed that they were bleeding at mile 4. I had scars for months. True story.
No chafing today and hopefully never again.
8 miles in 1:30ish.
I think I just have issues with the higher miles. Mentally, I checked out at the half-way point, which normally isn't an issue. 9 miles next Saturday, then 5k, 10, 11, 8, 12, and 13. So, besides a 5k, the next few Saturdays are going to be intense.
Hopefully next week will be better.
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Bug enjoying a cupcake: