I managed to complete my first ever 12km training run today. I have to admit that it was not as bad or painful as I expected it to be.
We had pasta the last two nights and I made sure I started the day hydrated.
I ran it in 1 hr and 12mins. I walked every 10mins for 1min, and during that break sipped 1-2oz of water and about a half an ounce of that goopy energy get stuff.
I ran faster the second half than the first and did not feel any muscle tightening in my legs until about 48mins. I stretched my calves and hamstrings for a moment and that seemed to make a huge difference in the last part of my run.
I discovered that running with a metal water bottle SUCKS. I also discovered that I could only handle 6-7 ounces of water over the hour. Things may change when the weather warms up. I'm thinking of buying a tiny water bottle for each hand, and replace them halfway during the run. I would just have to drive the route ahead of time and put the bottles alongside the road.
Lots of stretching, a small sandwich and a bunch of 1% chocolate milk. Tonight lasagna is on the menu and of course water.
I was supposed to run Sunday and have today off. If I'm going to get my 4 runs in this week I may have to run tomorrow. If I do I won't do the recommended hill workout but instead Thursdays EASY 5km. We'll see....