Yesterday I set out at about noon to run 5.5 miles. I haven't run much this week because my knee was hurting, and when I started, I felt pretty good. Mile one clipped by fast and two was even quicker, both around 7:20. Then came mile 3 and I was suddenly exhausted. So tired, in fact, that I had to stop. As I stood on the circular path where I was running, I was wondering why I was so tired. Although the path was incredibly muddy, I didn't think it was having that much of an impact on my run. I wiped massive amounts of mud off my shoe and continued on.
At mile 3.5 I have to cross a street. Inevitably, I always get stopped as the road is fairly busy. At this point, I was running in the 7:50s and it felt like I was sprinting. After running up the one and only hill on the path and hitting mile 4, I stopped. I knew I had a low blood sugar at that point, which was causing me to run slower and slower. In the past, I have always held a miniature container of glucose tablets with me as I ran, but I have since stopped. I really don't like holding things and have found that I can stick a packet of GU almost anywhere in a coat or running pants/shorts and be fine. Plus, a lot of my pants have zippers made especially for such things.
So at mile 4 of a 5.5 mile run, I had a GU. I had about 3/4 of the packet, waited a few minutes, and then continued on. I have never had GU on such a short run, but when you have a low blood sugar, anything with carbs works well. Most days I don't even take GU on a 16 mile run. I know I've become really bad at taking in carbs while running, and drinking liquid, so I know that needs to improve before my marathon. I just hope it is a wonderful day blood sugar-wise...and no lows at mile 4, 14 or 24.
What is the shortest run you've ever had where you've taken GU? When I told some of my running friends this story, they claim I win the prize. At least it provided some laughs this morning.