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10 miles and sticky GU

10 miles and sticky GU

Yesterday, the temperatures dropped again hovering just above freezing, but the sun came out and the blue sky was just too inviting to get out there.

I found a new 8-mile loop through the park and then along the river. Actually, a very beautiful route that included a number of restrooms and opportunities to fill up the water bottle. I can’t believe I never ran this route before. It’s literally right on my doorsteps. I can vary the route to make it an 11-mile loop and 14-mile loop. Now, I have no excuses anymore for not doing long runs.

My friend and running buddy Y joined me. We ended up running 10 miles and I keep asking her to join me and S on the Edinburgh Half Marathon. The Edinburgh Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon is now only 8 weeks away and I am starting to get quite excited about it (especially now that I have found these great new running routes).

During the run yesterday I learned stuff.

First, I am not in shape yet for hills. MapMyRun gave my route a hill strength of “1” which is the lowest or easiest. There were some steady long-ish 1% inclines, but we had maybe a 500m stretch of about 3% incline and it nearly killed me. Once we reached the top I was fine again, but I really need to add more hill workouts and the treadmill runs don’t seem to do the trick.

Secondly, GU changes its consistency once it gets fairly cold. Well, mine wasn’t frozen, but really cold and it started to stick to my teeth and gum while I was trying to squeeze it out of it’s packaging. It had the consistency of toffee maybe. I hate the chocolate and coffee flavored GUs, but they might work well in the cold posing as sticky chocolate toffee… 😉

Miles run this year: 168 (not too shabby!)

Happy running week!