The old me still thinks 8.1 miles is a short run. But the injured me is finally getting the memo. The last run I did longer than 6.2 miles was back in May 2011.
I am training for the Pittsburgh half marathon this year so JASR was a tune up for that. I decided to shoot for a 1:30 finish.
Pre-race I put moleskin on my arch, then put on my compression socks, then laced up my ankle brace. I was hoping the moleskin would prevent blisters. No such luck.
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Otherwise the run was fine. My pre-race nutrition was just my usual breakfast: eggs, bacon, berries, coffee. I had water before and during most of the race. I took gatorade that was very watered down at the last two aid stations. Didn't have any GI problems during the event.
I finished in 1:30 and change, exactly what I was hoping for. A friend met up with me and we ran most of the last 5 miles together. Another friend and her family were there to cheer me on as I made the last turn. Other than that painful blister on my left arch, it was a good run; ankle seems to be holding up okay.