I learned a few things on this run.
I had a banana for breakfast at around 5:30 before I drove downtown to meet my running buddies to carpool down to Sausalito.
We began our run at 7:30 at the beginning of the Golden Gate Bridge and to be honest with you, the banana wasn't all that filling.
By the time we reached the Ferry Building, we were nearing the 8 mile mark. We turned around to head back and I started to feel pain in my hips. Not badly, but enough for me to hobble. I decided this was a good time to chew my single Clif Shot Blok.
I accidently brought the wrong lid to my water bottle so I was waterless until one of the kind-hearted runners in the group offered me a 12-oz water bottle. I was terrified of drinking it all early in my run, so I didn't drink a sip until Mile 9. And I even left half the bottle filled with water just in case I needed it toward the end of the run.
This might have been another mistake.
Please do not run a 15-1/2 mile run only eating a banana and one clif shot blok and waiting to sip water until Mile 9. Because if you're a lot like me, and you probably are.... it'll hurt by the time you reach Mile 11.
But.. it was FUN!
I kept promising myself, "I can do this! I can do this! I can do this!" And I did.
But to be honest, I felt as though I hit a wall around mile 8-9... and then another wall just before the Golden Gate Bridge on the return trip back.
But it didn't stop me. I kept on running. And it felt GREAT to finish.
The following day I still felt great. But I can't help but wonder what would I have felt if I hadda better breakfast and had more water and more gels?
Only two more weeks for the race and now it's time to experiment!!!