Since it's Thursday, my training schedule calls for a short run. We have been under a Flash Flood watch since yesterday morning, and the rain at times has come down in buckets. I had to do my bike ride yesterday on the trainer due to the storms. I drove by the gym yesterday to see the hours for today just in case I needed to hit the treadmill due to thunder (I will run outside if it's just raining). I even considered if it was raining that I'd go ahead and do tomorrow's swim workout today and run immediately afterward, since I'd already be wet! But to my surprise, when I woke up this morning it wasn't raining! I headed out to the park and took my chances.
Today I tried out a new piece of gear: a handheld Fuel Belt bottle. I have previously tried a Nathan handheld and didn't like how it made me feel off-balance. I did not have that problem with the Fuel Belt bottle, I think because of the way it's shaped. It allowed me to keep my natural hand positioning. The only thing I didn't like was how my hand got sweaty next to the bottle, but I hadn't chilled my water first this morning. I think perhaps if the bottle was chilled, not only would it not make me sweaty but it might also cool me off. I will have to try that next time. I got the handheld to use during the run portion of the tri when I wouldn't want to use my iFitness belt.
The run this morning went pretty well overall, except for the third mile. I started getting a stitch in my side, and I wasn't sure why. It wasn't sunny, and not terribly warm. I was hydrating every mile. I was glad when that mile was over and I only had about a minute left to run before the cool down walk.
When I looked at Run Keeper, I was shocked to see my splits (Mile 1 includes the 5 minute walk):
I was feeling mighty tough with my 8:18 on the way home. Feeling pretty tough overall, recently, because my workouts have been going well and I feel so strong and energetic. Then I got a glimpse of myself in the rear view mirror:
Happy Independence Day, everyone!