Yesterday's Total Calorie Input: 2575
This morning was my long run. It's a stepback week, so it was a 10 miler, so I ran the Rockville Millennium Trail again. This time I ran a lot faster than four weeks ago - 1:55:05 (10:42/mile pace) today vs 2:07:01 (11:49/mile pace) the last time I ran it. I ran a bit harder today - my average heart rate was 156 vs. 152 when I ran it four weeks ago, but a 4 bpm raise in heart rate doesn't account for the full minute per mile pace in improvement...my body has increased its aerobic capacity as I have bumped up my mileage.
Since the trail is marked I decided to capture my splits where I could:
11:10 - I lost my GU packet...see below
11:07 - There was a monster hill up Gude Drive over the Metro tracks
12:06 - Included a brief stop in the woods to "relieve myself"...TMI???
4:59 half mile when I got to the beginning/end of the trail markers
During today's run I tried Clif Blocks instead of GU. The thing I like about these is that you can ration them out throughout the workout - 3 Clif Blocks are equal to 1 pack of GU and there were 6 blocks in the bag. However, I did not like having to chew these up while running and the gummy-bear like texture of them ended up getting stuck in my teeth. I'll stick with GU in the future.
I actually brought a packet of GU with me - just in case I did not like the Clif Blocks. However, it got lost on the way. When I first took the bag of Clif Blocks out of my Amphipod pack, the GU must have dropped out because when I went to put the blocks back the GU was gone! I turned back to look for it and could not find it (thus the 30 seconds lost in mile 4 above).
ONE FREE GU PACKET - FIRST COME FIRST SERVE - MOST LIKELY ON WOOTTON PARKWAY BETWEEN TOWER OAKS BLVD AND EDMONSTON DRIVE :-)
Again, last last time I ran the trail, there were very few other pedestrians out that early. This morning I saw zero bikers and two runners (they were two of the same runners that I saw on the trail four weeks ago!)