This week I decided to try a new kind of Gu, based on the comments from my last experience.
My friend joined me at the running group today as well. It was nice to run with him. He's also doing the Chicago Marathon, but doing a different training plan. My running group today was small - only 8 people started and by the end we were down to 4.
Originally, I was going to run 17 miles, given the plan I'm following. However, my friend only did 14 and I really wanted to run with people today. The others were doing 18 or 19, so I decided to join them. I was feeling great and thought 1 mile wouldn't be too big of a difference.
The miles went by quickly and fairly effortlessly. Before I knew it, the run was over.
Run start time: 6:40 a.m.
Time: 2 hours, 32 minutes, 34 seconds
Distance: 18.24 miles
I took my Gu at mile 12.5, which was a little late. I should have taken it earlier - perhaps at mile 7 or 8. Good thing training is all about learning. I had to mentally prepare myself for it. The people in my group found it funny, since they all take Gu regularly. My friend was laughing at me. I decided that the faster it could go down, the better it would be. I finished almost the entire pack and then had a heaping amount of water to wash it down. I hope to be able to eat them without too much pain in time for the marathon. I'm going to stick with this kind of Gu since it is the kind that is offered at the marathon.
I'm so happy with my run today. It makes me excited for next weeks long run. Next week I decided I'll be taking 2 Gus on the run. I can honestly say that I thought it helped me and gave me more energy to complete the run. I know I'll definitely need that energy for the marathon.