Counting down to the half!

So my running buddy and oldest son is home from college this week for spring break.  As he has agreed to do this run with me this November – he said he would go running with me this week.  The weather last week was so cold I didn’t get out at all during the week.  Earlier in the week there was a lot of ice on the roads and then it just never got warm – until Saturday.  Saturday we picked up Taylor from the airport and the weather finally was nice.  I knew Sunday would be better – so that became my long run day.

Sunday we also decided to go gear shopping.  I wanted something to carry my phone and water and a couple of tissues.  Eventually some run gels or protein bites.  REI had the best selection and after trying on all the belts and camel backs I settled on a vest.  Unfortunately Amazon was so much cheaper that I went home and ordered it online.

Nathan vestI ended up with the Nathan Intensity Vest in white.  I figure it will go with whatever Run Disney Costume I end up with and it had just the right – easy to access pockets on the front and fit me like a glove.  It was really comfortable and light and left my arms to swing freely and also fit my large HTC One phone.  The other ones I tried were too bulky or didn’t have front pockets.  I don’t want to try to get something out from my back and the ones around the waist with water were just like big batman utility belts.  I think that could get in the way of a tutu or skirt.   All in all – I’m excited about my new pack.

Osprey vest

Taylor ended up with the Osprey Packs Rev 1.5 Hydration Pack in Cirrus Grey.  He similarly liked the front pockets – and the storage in the bag without the bulk.  The medium/large fit his frame perfectly and his arms could swing Freely.  I think between the two of us this solved a lot of problems for us.  Especially as our training runs become longer.  He chose the gray but it also came in a really cool lime green.  They both have some reflective properties on the front and back and I think will help us with our running goodies.  Music is a big deal for both of us when we are training so this will help hold our devices so we can enjoy our get up and go playlists.

This week on the Run Disney training schedule indicated that we should run 4 miles on our long run.  I have never gone that far before so I was a little apprehensive but I was determined to give it a go.  Last time I was so debilitated after my three miles I was definitely worried about 4.  I got a lot of great advice from you all out there telling me to bust out the ice!  As someone with Lupus – I have always  had an aversion to ice.  Even during physical therapy or other injuries – Ice hasn’t been something I ever really used.  My new friend Helen suggested strongly that I give it a go – and after my run and long yoga stretch after the 4 miles I did and WHAT A DIFFERENCE it made!  I was not walking around like an old lady like Ethan said last time.  I was a little sore but nothing like the previous week!  So here I am – writing my blog – with ice on my hip the day after – 20 min on – 20 min off per my youngest son Ethan’s advice this morning.

Even though I still have 243 days – training is in the forefront of my mind.  The things I want to improve are my water intake and getting the right fuel in me.  I eat pretty healthy in general.  I’m a vegan  and don’t eat a lot of processed food.  However, I have found after my runs I am wiped.  I was in bed last night by 930 and I totally passed out.  I think I need to do a better job of Fueling my runs.  I ordered Brandon Braziers new Thrive cookbook.  I already have his other ones and they have great advice for gels, protein bites and before and after running foods.  I think I need to go back to the books and figure out how I can do better for next time.

More updates this week!  I have nice weather so I am hoping to have my first week of all 3 training runs AND my P90X3!

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