What a great morning – with great weather too. Dolores and I headed over the the Katy Trail early this morning and she rode her bike while I ran my 17 mile long run. No dodging cars and uneven sidewalks/pavement too. Also, the gravel soft surface was a nicer landing for my feet.
I started out at a 12 minute pace and felt really good – swallowed a bug at mile #2 which was a reminder for me to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth. I drank a bottle of sports drink before the run and downed a “Power Pak” just before we started out.
Here are some pictures I found online of the Katy Trail.
I took along my Camelbak too. I think I may use it for the marathon. No places to stop for water along the way on the trail. It worked great. I ate Power Packs on miles 4, 8 and 12. Then had beef jerky on mile 7 and 13. Emptied a bottle of sport drink into my Camelbak at mile 9 and ate an apple as we started on a short (3 mile) walk after the run. Lots of water and a ham sandwich post run.
It didn’t get too bad until after mile 13. That’s when it was a real struggle to keep going. My feet were sore and my right leg ached. I didn’t stop to walk any of the 17 miles either.
It really helped having Dolores along. She would ride ahead and wait for me. It gave me motivation to not drift which would cause a slower pace.
I just had some Chinese food (lots of rice) for dinner. Great! With the additional walk on top of the run, I burned 2,000 calories!