It is absolutely perfect outside. Low 70's temps, sunny, and a little breeze made going for a run a great 40 minutes. I ran 5 miles at 8:04/mile pace and finished up in just about 40:20.
I had more time to run, however, I am planning tomorrow as my first long run in awhile so I did not want to overextend myself today. Tomorrow, I am looking to break the 10 mile mark for the first time in a long time. I am a month away from a 5K that I want to do well in so it's time to get going and get some long runs in and some speed work in the next 2-3 weeks.
Fueling during long runs is debated topic. I bring this up because I will be breaking the 1 hour mark running tomorrow and that is generally considered the point at which you need to start refueling. I will post about this topic in detail soon. A basic principle behind refueling is that when you run past an hour, simply drinking water will not replace electrolytes that are being lost. Think sodium, potassium, etc. Tomorrow, I will be using Hammer Gels and washing them down with water. Speaking of needing to refuel, anyone doing any races in the near future? I would love to have a couple guest bloggers write about their experiences with their races, fueling, spectators, the scene, etc.
I know two friends is doing the NYC Marathon, so if you are reading this Sean and Jeremy, I definitely want a guest post from you guys in November!