If you are friends with me on Daily Mile (if not please add me-I've been trying to add people but I'm sure I've missed several of you!) then you know Monday was not a rest day at our house. I decided with my first half marathon of 2012 looming it was time to take a nice long run and see if I was recovered from the plague and ready for a run of that distance.
I also decided I would experiment with new everything for the run in case it's cold this weekend. I ran in Hind running pants, a new Under Armour shirt, a light Hind running jacket, one of my Mizunos that have only been used for a few short runs, Agloves, Wright socks (thank you Beth, Sarah, and Bobbie), a fuel belt that holds one large water bottle, a sports bra I've only worn for shorter runs, and used a new app on my phone to track time and distance.
Allan has been running around the baseball fields next to the community center and I finally decided to go with him Monday. I may have found a new favorite place to run! A lap is .47 miles so even without my app keeping track of my distance for me it's pretty easy to estimate how far you are running there. Allan and I ran 5 miles together and then I did another 3 for a total of 8. I could have knocked out a 10-12 mile run but the sports bra had other plans.
Long story short it will no longer be used for running distances greater than 3 miles. I should have stuck with one of my three Nike DriFit ones but noooo I had to do an "experiment" with all new running gear. The good news is that everything else was perfect and if I have to run a half marathon in the cold I feel comfortable running in all of the new gear.
Needless to say I feel ready for my first half marathon of 2012 which is this Saturday in Auburn. On the plus side the high is 66 and low is 57 but on the down side there's a 60% chance of rain. Not good! My goal is to finish with a faster time than my first half which was around 2:38. Hopefully my fancy running socks will keep my feet blister free and my new fuel belt will allow me to run hands free. Since I liked the app so much I will also be running without a watch. For me keeping my hands and arms as free as possible is key!
Now for the exciting part: our CLICK giveaway winner!!!! Random.org chose #79 which belongs to the lovely Courtney who blogs over at Third Time's A Charm. She is a really sweet person who also happens to be on the 12 in 2012 team with me. If you aren't already following her please stop by. You won't be sorry! Congrats Courtney! Send me an email with your mailing address when you get a chance! Special thank you to CLICK for sponsoring the giveaway!
Any advice for running a half marathon in the rain?!