The first three miles were a breeze. We had a little cloud cover still. By the time we hit mile 6 it was smoking hot! At mile 6 I got my gu out and drank it hoping to get a little energy back. It was delicious. :) It was the salted caramel flavor, and tasted like a big caramel chew. yummy! I will say it did help a little, but the sun and heat was just making it a miserable run. Not to mention we were at the track and 44 laps around a track is pretty boring. I honestly was beginning to think I wasn't going to make it! I finally hit mile 9 and knew at that point that I had it in the bag. I had just enough water left to get me through, and I picked up the pace and finished strong. 11 miler in the bag!
I got home, sat in the bath with a glass of chocolate milk while the cold water filled up. Then Jolea came in and dumped the entire bucket of ice into the water. A 10 minute ice bath was just what the aching legs needed. I was a little stiff the rest of the day, but woke up Monday morning with just a little soreness in my calves.
This Sunday we have a 12 miler. I think we may head to the bay for this one. Bre and I both bought a camelpak so water won't be an issue now. I'm not quite sure how I'll like having it ride on my back but the water is a must!