The Great 8!

 

What can I say, but the 8 was great! Seriously!

I’m starting to wonder if I should pre-name my blog posts more often, as it came true!

So I met up with the TEAM bright and early at 7 this morning for what I dubbed to be the Great 8 miler. Considering how hard last weekend’s not-so  Super 7 was, I just wasn’t too sure exactly what to expect today.

Today’s route only involved one hill, which to my advantage is one I train a lot on. And has the most beautiful views of the city. LOVE!

The great thing about our weekend trainings is that we are able to experiment and see what works and doesn’t. I decided to bust out my camelbak for this run today as it was sure to be hot one. I have never ran with one before, so wasn’t sure how it would go.

It was awesome! The swishing noise of the water was a bit distracting at first, but I didn’t even notice the extra weight on my back. I also loved the extra pockets to stuff keys, camera, and gu’s into. It was nice to have water whenever I needed it. Camelbak = awesomeness!

The first few miles went by like a blur. I was so glad Maria and my new TNT friend Jennifer were there to run with. It made our run go by so quickly!

Around 40 minutes of running we decided it was GU time. Another first for this girl.

Okay, correction it was HAMMER time! LOL!

A bit apprehensive but secretly excited to delve into the world of energy gels, I quickly sucked down my vanilla Hammer Gel.

Tasted like vanilla frosting, almost. But it went down easy, no stomach issues, and gave me energy to continue on the next 4 miles.

We trudged along, enjoying the lovely river and nature landscapes.

Mile 6 was a bit of a tease. We were to run past our original starting point, drop off the half-marathoners and continue onward for one more mile then turn around and head back.

I was feeling AMAZING though.

Around this time Maria gave me a few Sports beans to get us through our last little bit. As soon as the beans hit my mouth I almost hurled.  I was flooded with memories of the time when I was 8 years old and overdosed on a bottle of Flintstone vitamins. Ugh. Sports beans taste like Flintstones vitamins. Blah! (Though, for energy purposes they did their job).

We hit mile 7 and I did little jump of joy as I was now entering another Personal Distance Record zone.

The last mile was a breeze! I cannot believe the difference that I feel today compared to last weekends run. I told Maria, “I could seriously run another mile or two right now”.

Wow, to finish 8 miles and want to keep going. That is some crazy talk. Maybe it was the beans talking, who knows?

But I feel AMAZING or shall I say GRRRREAT!

Total distance: 8.15 mile   |    Total time: 1 hour 41 minutes

Today’s run is a highlight run for me. Now I can check 8 miles off my list. Looking forward to 10!

Have a great weekend everyone! I will be back on monday share a super yummy recipe with you inspired by my marathon bestie Maria!

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7 thoughts on “The Great 8!

  1. Great 8 it truly is! Well done Linzi!

    I’ve never taken a gel but then again I haven’t been running further than 10K. I’ll see what I’ll do when I run longer distances.

    So the camelback is worth to give it a try. Keep that in mind.

    Again: great job! Be proud of yourself!

  2. GOOD JOB Linzi! thats awesome! 8 miles, YAY!!!!
    i didnt know u rocked a camelback! thats awesome. I thought of getting one, but always thought they were expensive. and would hurt my back.

    im glad u joined the world of gels and gus. I actually dont really like the gels, and love the Sport Beans. I guess even Twins are a bit different.

    Hope ur relaxing now and stretching those legs. again, good job!

  3. Yay!! I’m so glad you had fun! I’ve never tried gels either – though I have used products designed for before and after the race with awesome results. Thanks for the heads up on the sport beans – I’ll stear clear! Oh, and yes, CamelBaks are awesome! 🙂

  4. Wow, that’s awesome girlie!! Great job on completing 8 miles and I KNOW your next long run is going to rock too!

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