I <3 Hydration.
So I ran 18 freaking kilometers today. All the way around UBC campus on SW/NW Marine Drive and all along the beaches there. In 2 hours, 1 minute and 43 seconds. I couldn’t believe it. Last week it took me 2 hours and 5 minutes to run a mere 16K. How did I improve so much? I’m pretty sure that it’s due to the fact that I actually brought water with me on this run. I hate carrying things when I run, so I bought one of those water bottles that comes with a belt and a holster so you can wear your water bottle. It’s amazing what a little water can do on a 2 hour run! I also had a Power Gel that Danielle gave me to try – after the 1:50 mark, my legs were starting to feel like lead and I knew it was it was time for a little glucose action. I really liked it – it was vanilla flavoured and tasted kinda like pudding. Mmmmm, pudding. I think it also helped that it was beautiful and sunny out, there were so many people out running, biking, walking their dogs, and I was just totally pumped up for a good run. Something tells me that things won’t be quite so nice when I do my long run next week out in Calgary (wait, scratch that… I just checked the forecast… while it is currently -3 degrees C in Calgary, they are predicting +11 and sunny for next Sunday… that won’t be so bad!). Plus, when in Calgary I have a promise that mixed drinks will be waiting for me at the end of my long run…
In related news, I discovered when I got home from my run, that my training program actually called for me to do 12 km today, not 18. D’oh! Oh well, it was a great run! Perhaps I’ll scale it back to 12 next week instead.
Also, Sarah & her friend Deepa went to Bowen Island while I was doing my long run. I’ve never been there before, but I hear it is beautiful. Can’t wait for them to get back so I can hear all about it!