A bit before 6pm I headed out the door, with 6 ShotBloks, 2 Chocolate 9s and my Nathan belt filled with Nuun fruit punch (32 ounces). Hubs got me the belt for my birthday, but it only fits if I wear it high up on my waist. I just don't like the pressure on my belly, but I needed that much liquid with me. I had hung a flashlight from the belt, packed my phone and popped on my reflective hat (thanks Brooks!). I walked for 10 minutes before easing into a run. Pretty much right away I had cramps, but I told myself I could push through it.
I thought I did 13 miles, but when I went back I realized I took a slightly shorter way home and ended up completing 12.7 miles.My estimates, based on Runner's World Pace Calculator, have me around 15:30/mile to do the entire the 13.1 the way I did the 12.7 tonight. If my belly wasn't so flipsy flopsy I KNOW I could have pushed more running. I think it's the ShotBloks. I don't have another distance before the half (WWOOOOWWWWW), so I will just keep to eating bland in the next few weeks and try to sneak in some Nuun and some Chocolate 9 to see how it fares on my tummy. I also know that adrenaline will help too, so I'm actually not too worried about being able to complete it. Unless something goes wrong, I can do it.