I Survived 18 Miles

I’m alive. I’m ALIVE! Saturday, October 12th, I woke up at five in the morning to force myself to eat something before an eighteen mile run. I hardly ever eat breakfast and much less if it is before nine. I sliced a bagel in half and spread some peanut butter on one of the halves and saved the rest for later. I headed out the door half asleep and with a mouth full of peanut butter.

My morning started off in the mid 50’s. I can honestly say this felt so much better than my usual runs in 90 degree weather but I was still nervous. I didn’t know how my stomach was going to react to the morning snack or if my legs were going to give out because of the cold weather.

Christina and I feeling great at the halfway mark.

To my surprise, that half a bagel with peanut butter carried me for fourteen miles! The weather also made it easier for me to breathe. I was able to maintain an eleven minute pace and I felt great at the end of the race. This was probably one of my best runs since starting training. Who knew properly fueling before a run actually made a difference!

The question I have now is, if half a bagel carries me fourteen miles, does a complete bagel carry me twice as far? Stay tuned! My next long run is coming up October 26th.

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