Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Longest Run To Date- 14 Miles with my Pink Sidekick!

Yes, this past Saturday I ran my longest distance so far...14 Miles!  It was such a beautiful morning.  We met up at 5:45, stretched and made sure we had everything.  Even though my new shoes haven't come in yet :( I did have something else new...Look at how cute this is!!  I received the pink belt from Fuel Belt.  It is absolutely sooo cute!  I just loved it!  I have been trying to figure out how to have both water and gatorade with me while I am running, because they will be offering this at Chicago, so I knew I needed to train this way.  The Fuel Belt worked perfectly!  I filled two bottles with water, and two with gatorade, and then froze them the night before our run.  That morning I was able to strap on my fuel belt and go!
I can tell you, IT DID NOT BUG ME ONE BIT!!!  The secret to wearing a Fuel Belt is you need to get a size that will allow you to wear it around the smallest part of your torso.  I ordered a medium, and it fit perfectly!!  I was able to carry my GU Chomps in the pouch on the side, along with my car key.  I think I will be purchasing another zipper pouch to go on the other side so that I can store more items for the marathon.  But let me tell you, for $45.95, this item is just perfect if you need to carry multiple types of drinks, or if you don't like to carry your water bottle.  Plus, for all of you GU-tini converts, one of these bottles would be perfect to have your GU-tini ready!  (My friend Kris actually tried it this weekend in one of her bottles on her Fuel Belt, and she really liked it!)
I will be wearing my Fuel Belt on all of my long runs from now on...and I do think this baby will have a showing in Chi-Town as well!  So, please check out Fuel Belts HERE...You won't be disappointed!

As for my run, we started at Forest Park in St. Louis and headed towards the St. Louis Arch.  My friend Becki carried a camera, so when she sends her pictures, I will make sure to post them.  The first 7 miles were wonderful!  We chatted it up, took in the sites and said hi to a few other runners, along with homeless people along the way (yes, there were homeless people along the way, but all of them were very nice and cheered us on)  When we reached the Arch, we all touched it and then took a picture in front of it.  Then we had to head back.  I was doing great until around 10.5 miles.  I started getting dizzy again...which has been happening a lot to me when I get over 8-9 miles.  We did stop at 10.5 to walk and get some water and I ate a few Chomps.  The remaining 3.5 miles was rough for me.  My body was getting a little tired, but I was just sooo dang dizzy!  I did a walk/run thing for approx. the last 1.5 miles.  I did finish, which is good, but not as fast as I would have liked.
I'm not sure where the dizziness is coming from...I think I do have low blood sugar, so this could be part of the problem.  I need to figure out what to do when I start getting that dizzy feeling...more food, more sugar, more water???  Just not sure yet.  Anyone else ever feel like this after a long run?  What do you do to help with it?

Hope everyone has great runs this weekend and really thinks about picking up a Fuel Belt to assist them on their runs!  They are super stylish and such a great addition to your training gear!
XOXO
Stephanie

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15 comments:

Aneta said...

hey! i have a pink fuel belt as well!!!
i have not used it yet, but will be trying it out this weekend.
a friend of mine got it as a present, but did not like it, so she gave it to me.

good job on ur run! too bad u got dizzy.
that sometimes happens to me when its hot. u just gotta slow down or even walk and hopefully ur body will get used to it and u will be able to run the long distances without problems!

Rae said...

I get dizzy with low blood sugar too. If that's what is causing your dizziness, I suggest eating a chomp before you feel dizzy. You mentioned you start to feel that way around 8-9 miles, so maybe at mile 7 have a chomp and see if that prevents the dizziness from happening. Great job on the 14-mile run!

Zaneta said...

I have seriously been thinking about getting a fuelbelt! I've been looking at the H2O series... because they have additional bottles you can add if needed... but im not sure... 2 bottles or 4 bottles? What's you recommendation? Did you run out of fluid on your run?

Melissa said...

Glad you liked the Fuel Belt!! They seem so handy. So far, a handheld has worked for me.

I might order something from Thirty One, but I am seriously leaning toward selling. :) I might sign up this weekend. I know of 2-3 catalog parties I could do right now that would be pretty successful. However, if I decide not to, I will definitely place an order.

racing dawn said...

I need a new fuel belt - just been using one that has one bottle for liquid. I'll have to look into trying that one out! Love the pink. I'm no doctor but I'm betting the blood sugar is the problem. Did you eat anything before your run? Definitely need a little protein/carb before you head out. And even a good meal the night before! I've felt dizzy before and felt like it was a combo of nutrition and not enough sleep... Hope that helps!

Heather said...

Nice job on the 14 miler!! the fuel belt sounds awesome! I've been using my CamelBak around my waist but would rather have a fuel belt. I have felt dizzy on a long run before and had to do the run/walk thing...it was no fun. I'm still trying to figure out the magic strategy for nutrition/fuel before and during my runs.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Bummer about the dizziness. I don't get it, but can imagine low blood sugar would impact you that way.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Great job on your distance PR!!! That is an awesome feeling!! What's up with the dizziness? Hm...not sure about that one. That could be disasterous though! take care of yourself!!!

I'm looking forward to the pics!!

Liz Jones said...

Awesome job! I've gotten the dizziness before, too and realized it's usually one of three things:
1. If i didn't hydrate very well the day before, I tend to get light-headed, and it seems no amount of water during a run makes it go away.
2. My sugar is low. Mine gets low really fast. I eat two gel blocks every 45 minutes.
3. It's way too hot and I'm running too hard for me (I'm a slow runner).
It makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one!
I'm new to this whole blog thing (just started my own) but I'm looking forward to following you.

Laura said...

I broke down and bought a new belt this weekend...old one was too big and this one is way better.
I sued to get dizziness/nausea post run as well but I don't know as I really make sure I eat/drink a LOT on my long runs. Way more than most people think they need.

Christine said...

Wohooo! Congrats on finishing your longest run to date!! That's great!!

I sometimes get dizzy too. A lot of times I didn't hydrate enough the day before. It might also be the case that your body needs more food. I usually take the chomps every 5 miles. I hope you find what works best for you and you can run even farther in the future :)

LauraElaine said...

love the new belt!
Maybe you need to start doing the gu or chomps before you start to feel dizzy. I usually start around mile 4 or 5 for longer runs. Hope that helps!

Becka said...

Congrats on 14 miles!

Melissa said...

I replied to your comment on my blog and just this morning realized it went to a no-reply email. lol
I'd love to sign up under you. Send me the details and I'll get it all done!!

Megan said...

Congrats! I've run 13.1mi 4times and the idea of running the additional .9mi just seems crazy. Way to rick it.