|Longest run EVER!|
My Thorlo Experia socks were a bit sweaty though. They are great for winter running but I might keep looking for the perfect summer-humid-climate running sock. Who ever knew socks could be so important! Even though I don't plan on wearing it on the day, I also trialed my newest most exciting running acquisition - a hydration pack (more on that later).
Another part of my dress rehearsal was to run the first half of the course. This involved catching the ferry over to the race start at Devonport:
|See you in a couple of hours Auckland City!|
We drove this part of the course the weekend prior, and I was a little nervous about the hills. They must look bigger from a car, or maybe I had built them up into something they weren't, because they were easier to run than I expected and I felt a lot happier in my mind having conquered them.
My favourite spot was Narrow Neck Beach, where some kids were getting ready to go out sailing at one end:
and a man was walking his dog at the other, except I missed the dog from the shot...
I took three gels around 5km, 9km and 14km. Not sure if I'll take that many on the day, but my stomach handled them fine so I know that I can if I need to. Vanilla Bean was a bit sweet - nothing surpasses my faves Espresso Love and Peanut Butter!
This is only my fourth or so run over 13-14km, and one thing I notice is how in the zone you get with the repetition of running, especially on roads where your pace is more consistent. My knees felt a bit tired for the last couple of kilometres, but I kept plodding along, knowing that if I stopped I might not get started again!
It is a big confidence builder running 18km, because now I know for sure I can run a mere 3km further and make it 21km. Race day - bring it!