Yesterday I had a nice ten mile run that was basically running the Surftown Half Marathon backwards. I planned my run to pass a convience store right at mile five just incase I needed to stop for anything. With high humidity and tempatures in the low 80s a stop would be a good idea. As always my first three miles were run faster than I would have liked, I was at a time of 23:34 at the first 5k. I was feeling thirsty and knew that I had pushed to hard to early, I would have to stop and grab a Gatorade. Running with just six ounces of water and GU would not cut it. As I hit mile five I reluctantly stopped to buy a Gatorade. As I sat in the shade drinking my Gatorade and looking over my splits I started to think of how much better I was feeling. After a five minute break I got back to my run and felt like a new man, I settled into a nice 8:45 mile pace and enjoyed each and every mile that I ran.
After my break I felt like I could run for days and I haven't had that feeling in a long time. That gives me some confidence as I get ready for the half marathon on Sunday. I honestly think that a 5k warmup just before the start is a must to warmup my body and allow me to get most of the adrenaline out before the race begins. If I can get in to my groove early on Sunday I can kick hard for the final 5k which I would like to run in 22 minutes. I'm just happy that I have swallowed my pride and allowed myself to relax and stop for a drink. Not only did it help me as a runner it helped keep my blood sugar in range.