I spent part of Wednesday getting prepared for a longer run. Had a nap, got a haircut and for those of you who are interested, I got an ear candling. This procedure cleans out your ears with the suction from a burning funnel of waxed paper. It’s painless and if you have the chance to try it, it only takes about 25 minutes. Maybe will also help with balance?
After getting my 2-year-old to sleep I was able to get a few hours of sleep before my run. The alarm rang too soon, but I got up and made a cup of coffee. Just after midnight I was on the road. It was still pretty warm at 81 degrees. (27 C) I decided to stay off the highway as much as I could. That meant I did 3 repeats of the Seseh Beach Road. Actually I really like running this road. It is quiet and I can see a long ways for any traffic that there happens to be. About 2 hours into my run, the wind picked up and cooled things off for an hour or so.
My Vest weighed in at 4.5 kgs (10 lbs.). before the run started. That definitely added to the workout. It should be easy to run without the vest, or at minimum weight. I used a combination of food and drink. UCan Super Starch, Hammer Heed and water for the drinks. GU and Chia Surge gels and Honey Stinger Waffles for food. Didn’t have any problems with my fueling.
I still have a mental block getting through the 3 hour time range. That’s when things start to get boring and it takes some dedication or craziness to go longer. It was a short rough spot today. I kept telling myself that time is getting short for the Terawera Ultra, so I needed to get in some good miles. Ended the run with 26.4 miles.