Sunday, October 2, 2011

A PDR and Gu

Sunday posts could be called this for the next couple of weeks, but today Mike and I set a PDR (Personal Distance Record)! Our training plan called for 8 miles and I'm happy to say that we successfully completed the run.

Usually Mike and I try to get our long runs done in the morning so that we have time to spend with Bernie, our dog, and get ready for the upcoming week. This weekend Mike had to work from 7am to 2pm so our run had to be pushed back a little bit. At first I was bummed because I like to get it over with as soon as possible, but it turned out to be for the best.

The weather in Rochester, and the rest of the country it seems, has been less than stellar lately and when I woke up and checked this was the forecast I saw:

Not exactly perfect running weather. Since we are new to running we don't really have very many clothing options so I was worried that I would be too cold.

Luckily, when Mike got home it had stopped raining and it turned out to be not that bad. My capris and short sleeve shirt worked out just fine.

Since we had quite the distance to cover, we ended up doing an out and back route. We drove to a nearby lighthouse and set out on the Genesee Riverway Trail. The nice thing about this trail was that we were able to run along three different surfaces: a boardwalk, an asphalt trail in the woods and the sidewalk along the main road.

Here are the details of our run:

Lap 1 - 10:20 pace

Lap 2 - 10:19 pace
Lap 3 - 11:07 pace (massive uphill)
Lap 4 - 10:56 pace
Lap 5 - 10:33 pace
Lap 6 - 9:58 pace (massive downhill)
Lap 7 - 10:37 pace
Lap 8 - 10:06 pace

Total Time: 1:23.57
Average Pace: 10:29 minutes per mile

Overall I am really impressed with this run, it was almost the same pace as our 7 mile run and it was more consistent! Mike really wanted to keep the last 4 miles under 10:45 pace and we easily accomplished that.

In addition to this being our PDR, it was also our first run tr
ying out our nutrition for the half marathon. Oops! We really haven't felt like we have needed anything during our runs and we probably could have made it through this one just fine, but we knew we had to try Gu eventually.

Mine and Mike's

Now, I'm not going to lie here. Another reason that I put off trying Gu was because I read about two Ali's who almost and actually threw it up. That alone didn't make it sound like very fun stuff.

Today I sucked it up and brought the Gu along with me. I also wore our hydration belt to make sure that we would have some water to wash it down. After we turned around at mile 4 we both had our respective Gu. The verdict? It was gross, but I didn't puke! I'm not sure if the tri-berry flavor is going to work for me, so I will probably try a different flavor next weekend.

Overall, I'm not really sure how much the Gu did for me but as Mike said we are putting out so much energy that it is probably difficult to notice a slight increase in energy.

Did you run this weekend? If so, how did it go?


  1. So glad you didn't puke! Gu is easier to take when you have water or something to wash it down with.

    Congrats on getting your long run in! I pushed mine off, but did end up getting 6 miles in today. Ugh- 6 cold, rainy miles. So yes, I give you tons of credit for getting your miles in! :)

    PS--are you running the Hospice 10 miler? I am running it as a "taper run" for the Niagara Falls marathon the next weekend!

  2. I definitely thought of you when I was trying the Gu!

    That sucks that you didn't get your run in, at least you got 6 miles done. Our conditions were easier, there was even some sun during the run so you get more credit than us.

    We are running it! We are using it as our 10 mile run before our half marathon, but we will probably end up racing it. We have to meet up, it shouldn't be too hard to find each other since there aren't that many people registered right now.

  3. My run was super cold but super enjoyable!

    Gu is one of those things that everyone reacts differently to! I just breath through my mouth and dump it in the back of my throat. I don't want to taste - just want the energy!

    I just recently started running as well and I don't have a lot of clothing for cold weather either. I went to Marshalls this weekend and picked up two inexpensive sweat-wicking warm jackets to wear while running. I don't want to pay a lot of money for something that is going to get all sweaty and dirty!

  4. I already said this on your blog, but I am definitely going to have to check out Marshalls!

    I agree about Gu, I do think that I am going to try shot bloks next weekend to see if I like it better.

  5. I am just not a GU person, I had to find other things because it never worked for my stomach.

    Congrats on the PDR, those are sooo exciting!! I finally felt better this weekend and got in a good run myself!

  6. Amanda - I'm glad your run went well. Thanks for the congrats, every week I can't believe that my husband and I actually run as far as we do. We are actually contemplating registering for our first marathon, eek!

    I definitely don't think that Gu and I are going to be friends!