Sunday, January 13, 2013

Icy Prep Run for the F^3 Half: No Skittles Required

Last Sunday's long run included a big hunger bonk about 2 miles into the run. Before I ran this morning, I ate a blueberry bagel with cream cheese and peanut butter. I washed it down with a little coffee, and this time I was able to run 12 entire miles without seeing those scary bright orange spots like I did last week. However, I did put a bag of "Riddles" Skittles in my pocket in case of emergency (I also always carry GU, but sometimes it doesn't do the trick as well as Skittles)!

"Riddles Skittles" my new emergency candy
My goal this morning was to push myself semi-hard on a long run to prepare my legs for the F^3 Half Marathon.  So, I got a good pace going early and did not stop to take pictures.
Taken on the run:
I was running a good pace, so no stopping to take pictures
  The weather was nice. It was about 30 degrees outside, but last night it rained, so some of the trail was a little icy. While running on the Lakefront Trail it started sleeting/snowing and it seemed to all collect on my sunglasses, which made it hard to see!:

Ice covered sunglasses after my run

I feel like I had a quality, long, hard workout in wintry conditions. This gives me hope that I am in shape for running a good race in two weeks.

Total Run: 12 miles @ 7:21/mile

13 comments:

  1. Veeery nice, what a great long run!
    My pictures on the run are a MESS. Never had one turn out half-decent. ha :)

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    1. Thanks. If I take enough pictures (say 100), I can usually find one that is half-decent!

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  2. What - no wipers for those shades?! :) Nice job!

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  3. Love the pic of the shades!

    Man. I love Skittles. Sigh. But they do not work for me on runs! I had some at the NFEC 50K and they bothered my stomach right away. Guess I had to stick to potatoes.

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    1. Thanks! I did not realize that Skittles and potatoes were interchangeable foods. Maybe I should have some french fries or tater tots in my pocket on my next run, just in case?! :-)

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  4. What are riddles skittles? I'm out of touch with candy these days... Your training is going great! And that photo of your ice covered glasses give me the chills.

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    1. I don't know much about riddles skittles, except they were on sale at Target!

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  5. haha, chicago winter running at its FINEST! I love candy during long runs - i usually have some starburst in my pocket :)

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    1. I think the starburst is closely related to the skittle. The skittle is just smaller and has the candy shell! :-)

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  6. I love taking candy on runs! My preference is jelly bellies, but I've been known to fill a pocket (or two) with skittles, swedish fish, and fruit snacks. Congrats on the 1 miler! I'm cold just thinking about it!

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    1. Jelly bellies would work for me too!

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  7. I also ran on the ice and face and but planted on the a gravel path. Haha. Skittles sound so good! :)

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