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Training: Week 8

Team Shenanigans at mile 4 of our first 8-mile run
First and foremost: I AM HALFWAY THERE! Yes, that requires all caps and an exclamation point.

I can't believe that Week 8 is done, and I have completed half of my training for my half marathon. Actually, I can run more than half a half marathon at this point, (that's a lot of halfs...) and it feels amazing. Eight weeks ago, I was terrified of finishing my first 5-miler. Now, I have knocked that out in the morning before work.

NOTE: GPS not correct Saturday
Anyway, this week was pretty great. I capped it off with a Team Shenanigans run near my sister's house in Canton, Mich., down the I-275 trail. The trail is a paved path along the interstate and through neighborhoods and woods nearby. We saw everything from fitness bikers and other runners to pornographic graffiti and live animals (like the snake that touched my foot!). Honestly, the eight miles seemed to fly by, and I am glad Jan and Danielle helped me keep pace again.

And despite her regular protests of "Let's just get this over with," Danielle finally signed up for the race. I think the runner's high is finally seeping into her brain, and I'm really pumped to have another teammate officially along for the ride ... even if she's mostly doing it for the beer afterward.

Looking at Week 9, I'd like to focus on nutrition. I've been more diligent about tracking my PointsPlus for Weight Watchers, and I've had some good weeks on the scale. BUT, I think I need to come up with a new strategy for pre- and post-run meals. I've been running on a empty stomach, but the 5-milers and longer runs don't seem to go over well when my tank is low. Fuel me up!

I was finally able to go to a running store for some sample Gu packs this weekend, so I am looking forward to experimenting with them in my routine. I realize the little packs of gel don't look enticing, but I've read a lot of great things about the product and they are close in price to the Gatorade chews I've been using. Cheers! Or ... Slurp!






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  1. How are the Gu packs? I haven't tried them, but we have taken the Gatorade chews on hikes before. Those weren't to bad. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Just bought them so I will try them out sometime this week. Will let you know!

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