The chronicles of 30 half marathons before my 30th birthday...
12 miles in the heat in NYC… just ask MeriG, I was pretty freaked out (I kept asking her if we could leave at 5:30am… to which she smartly responded, every time “you can, but I am not!”) On top of that all, my plane was 2 hours late so I got to Meri’s house around 12:30am and we promptly went to bed for our 5:45am wakeup call. Indeed.
Even on 5 hours of sleep (and my body thinking it was 4am), we were going running. Planning to head to lower Manhattan for a west-side-highway run, subway construction/weirdness landed us in Brooklyn - which meant I got to run the Brooklyn Bridge on my short stay in NYC this weekend! That counts as a happy accident. The west side highway was also wonderfully shaded for the most part (NYC running friends, don’t attempt to run there in the evenings… then it’s killer. Early morning the shade is glorious!), up and in to the bridal path in Central Park. A solid 12 miler, completed by 9:30am.
The real lesson though was HYDRATION. Remember that last badly ending half marathon when I felt super dehydrated at mile 10? Yup. This was the opposit. I drank lots of water on Friday. I drank a good amount before we left in the morning. I also had a new pre-run drink, http://www.generationucan.com/, which apparently Meb uses, and that’s good enough for me (ok I did read some reviews before I bought it). Their coined term is “SuperStarch” - which apparently keeps you energized for a long time. Maybe it was the placebo effect, but for 5 hours of sleep, I felt great. Thanks for the company MeriG!