Anyone Else Do This?
I just realized I've been matching my fuel to my shirts. It feels like a luxury since I have lots of Gatorade Endurance fuel in my training kit this Summer. Still, it made me laugh.
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Time for a #MyFuelMyJourney Check-In
In August, I revealed that my Fall racing schedule includes two serious race goals. I want to PR the last two half marathons I run in my 50s.
Those PRs can be 30 seconds and I'll be happy. The real challenge isn't my finishing time, it's staying focused and getting in good solid training despite distractions.
Thanks to Gatorade Endurance, I'm training with the same fuel that's on course at the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon on October 20, and the St. Pete Run Fest Half on November 17. (Psst! Race discount for Sarasota Half here.)
I love Gatorade Endurance products, and training with the same fuel the races use gives me one less thing to worry about.
What I am worried about is whether or not I'll be fully trained by October 20th.
It's been a super hot Summer. One of the hottest on record here in Florida. The humidity and heat make it hard to train hard. I substitute walks for runs on the really intense days.
In the past week, the early morning temps have dipped. It's only 78 degrees at 7:30 am now. That's encouraging. Running has been easier this week. Yet, I have to admit my 4-miler yesterday left me exhausted.
Training and Travel Don't Always Mix
I spent 2+ weeks out of town in August. It was wonderful to run in hilly locations and cooler temps. I managed to get my runs and cross-training done on most days.
The bad part about traveling was full days spent driving in a car. I always feel like a slug after sitting for 9 hours.
Races as Training Benchmarks
Gatorade Endurance Hydration and Fuel
Where Am I With My Training?
Today, I'm glad I have another month to prepare for First Watch Sarasota Half. I'm excited about running my shorter benchmark races to get an idea about race day performances.
Although my half marathons are in October and November, it will be warm. Not brutal, but probably in the 70s while running. I'll keep prepping for hot and humid conditions.
Until then, I'll be fueling my journey and thankful that I'm healthy, happy, and running.
Good luck with your running goals. See you at the starting line!
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