I have decided to welcome spring at full force. Armed with a new app for my iPhone (supposed to have a better GPS and tracking devices than the other app I tried out) Saturday (in the low 70’s!!) I will be taking on my longest run to date. I am aiming for 8 miles. I will do 8 miles. I may not do all 8 miles running and it may take me 3 hours, but I will be on the trail until those 8 miles are done! I have tried to round up some friends to go with me since the husband is out of town, but no one is answering my texts or my Facebook messages! I hate running outside alone, especially after a weird incident several years ago (I was thinking about doing some research and a post on running safety; is this something you would be interested in seeing?), but given the wonderful weather expected for this weekend, there should be a large number of people on the trail and that should help make me less uneasy. I am sure you guys will hear about it shortly after, if I am not in the hospital!!!
Since I rely so heavily on the more experienced runners that have offered plenty of encouragement and advice, I am hoping you guys can keep the good stuff coming and help me get prepared for the upcoming Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. What do you recommend my longest training run to be? Should I just do 8, the full 10 or go for 12 miles? What are your prerace routines? What do you do about fueling before, during and after the race? What do you do the night of races to make the mornings easier? Should I bring shoes to change into after the race? How should I dress; on the light side or in layers?
Just wanted to give a quick shout-out to my non-bloggy friend Laura who is running her first half marathon (with a broken arm no less) this weekend down in Virginia Beach. Good Luck and you will do phenomenal!
Also, good luck to Laura who will be running the Suntrust National Marathon in DC this weekend and I will hopefully be heading downtown on Saturday to cheer her (and another friend) on. If you have not checked out her blog, you totally should. She is a Marathon Maniac who is on track to be the youngest female to finish a marathon in all 50 states in June!! She is super inspirational; after reading her blogs I thought maybe I could do these races too (though no where as well as Laura can)!!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!