Looking like a ‘serious’ runner

Well today, despite a beasting 10k yesterday, I dragged my tired legs out of bed for my long run.  On today’s menu: 12 miles.  I’ll be honest, I was not feeling it before I left the flat.  The sun, however, was, and I wasn’t going to pass up some sweet rays after nothing but rain and cloud for two weeks, so out of bed and into running gear I went!  Today was important for two reasons:

  • 12 miles = my longest training run
  • This would be the first time I traveled with supplies!

I bought a belt pack thing (so eloquent) a couple of months ago, but I could never be bothered wearing it before, because none of my runs were really long enough to warrant energy supplies.  Today, though, I wanted to make sure I was hydrated and fueled.  After dry heaving at the aftertaste of sport beans before my run, I substituted the rest of the pack for a gel shot, and filled a 500ml bottle with gatorade.  Ready to rock.

The first 5 miles were pretty non-eventful.  At around 5.5 I had to stop because of traffic (which makes crossing a street a bit more difficult).  An old man was shuffling across the street and it looked like he was speaking to me.  The dialogue followed as thus:

Old man: I used to be able to run to [inaudible place] in 30 minutes.  Not any more!  Now I can barely walk!
Me: (polite chuckle) Wow, that’s good going!
Old Man: So what are you doing, just keeping fit?
Me: No, I have a half marathon next month.
Old Man: You’re getting married next month?
Me: No, a HALF MARATHON.  In 4 weeks.  I’m training.
Old Man: You WANT to get married in a month?  No problem love, I’ll marry you.  I’ll need to get rid of the wife first, but after that.
Me: No.. Half.  Marathon.  You know, running? (gestures running)
Old Man: OH! A half marathon.  How much longer have you got today?
Me: Umm, about 6 miles I think.
Old Man: Glad it’s not me!

Too right, old man.  Too right.

Anyway, the run went pretty much without incident.  I had my gel shot at about mile 6.  I didn’t realize it was just a clear, sugary goop, but it didn’t make me feel gross and I felt strong (but ready for the couch) at the end of the run, so I think they’ll be making a reappearance.

And here’s a shot of me with my sexy water belt that was apparently enough to get me a marriage offer today:

Sidenote: I LOVE those tights!

11 thoughts on “Looking like a ‘serious’ runner

    • They’re cw-x women’s 2/4 length stabilyx tights. I think they’re from a few seasons ago though, as I had a really hard time finding them in my size, at least in that colour. They seemed to have plenty with ‘raspberry’ stitching (this is apparently ‘periwinkle’).

      • Those are nice. I just dropped some major coinage on new shoes, I’ll have to wait before buying new clothes. I want to invest in some compression tights…

  1. Haha, love the old man marriage proposal mid-run!
    Which brand of gels did you try? I always have problems with them, Clif Shot Gels are about the only ones I can tolerate (I’ve only tried lemon & lime but someone recently told me they come in margarita flavour)

    • The stuff I had yesterday was Power Bar Gel. It was a bit sickly, but then I haven’t really had anything to compare it to. No ill effects either, so sticking to it for now. You every tried them?

  2. You look awesome in those tights. I only wish my butt looked that good!
    I’m a running nerd – I always wear my fuel belt – 2 miles or 12 miles, the belt is on. I always feel like other runners are judging me because they aren’t wearing them.
    Also, I am madly in love with gels. The more caffeine, the better. I recently switched from PowerBar to Cliff – and the coffee/mocha flavored ones are my favorite – I highly recommend if you like coffee!

    • Weirdly I hate coffee, but love coffee flavoured things, so if they sell Cliff gels anywhere, I’ll have to try them out – thanks for the head’s up!

      And screw what they think, wear your belt with pride (though I might not, truthfully, I find it a bit annoying).

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