Making do

I forgot to go to the store yesterday and buy more Bloks and Gatorade for today's 18.5 mile run. I didn't realize it until I went to bed and thought about prepping for the run. How was I going to cover that distance with no fuels? I couldn't think of anything in the house to help me.

I considered a 24-hour drugstore to be my only hope but after I woke up and dressed I found a box of golden raisins. I checked the box for their carb content and decided I'd try them. I stuffed a baggy full of them. I put a bottle of vitamin water in my cooler for liquid assistance.

Nine people showed up on Park Avenue for the Sunday run. They peeled off at 4, 6, 7, 9 and 12 miles leaving me alone for the last 6.5. I managed very well with raisins. They gave me a discernable boost every time I ate them although, at one point, I thought they might generate the same effect as their cousins, the prunes. Alas, nothing went awry.

I was tired afterwards. That was a long haul. From a low of 54F when I started, it was low 70s by the time I finished three hours later.

After I stretched I headed on down to Starbucks for an Americano, scone and the paper. The sun was warm and welcome. At home later, I put my legs in the cold pool water. Wow. Was that a wake-up but it felt good too.


Joe said...

Creative with the raisins...I like that!! May try it sometime myself.

3 hours running...good for you...an important run, mentally!

Cool water on tired legs knock down inflammation...good for you.

Enjoy your week!

Backofpack said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog! I think you lucked out on the raisins - I was sure you were going to get hit with the prune effect. Glad you didn't experience that one!

You mentioned in your comment to me that running on the ice and snow is foreign to you in Florida - I can't imagine how you run in the heat there! I think a sunny 50 to 55 degrees is ideal.

Running Rabbit said...

YIKES!! The effects of prunes on a run! Oh MY!!

21st Century Mom said...

Isn't it amazing how inexpensive, common things work as well as all of this engineered 'food'. For example, there is no appreciable difference between Jelly Bellys and Sports Beans except for a little sodium. Nothing you can't make up for with a common salt tablet. I think I'm going to focus on the cheap, common stuff and see if I can find a reliable formula.

Just12Finish said...

I ran past Starbucks today and there were 2 couples all decked out in head to toe biking outfits enjoying their drinks. I immediately thought of you and your beautiful people crowd!

Runner Susan said...

18.5 miles on raisins is pretty darn good . . . you sure that Starbucks wasn't in the middle of your run?