Overall thoughts: we have yet to enter uncharted territory, so all is well. We have been running anywhere between 4-7 miles on all our runs pre-training, so this week was the same as usual. Next week, everything changes, and we actually start running more miles than we normally do.
I did some research this week on hydrating while running, and the use of gel packs or chews. I ran with a camel pack last year for the half marathon and was really happy with having water at my disposal whenever I needed it. I'm going to start running with it for all runs that are 9+ miles.
I also used gels packs when training for the half marathon, but I had no plan on when to take it (nor did I have a training plan...). This time, I'm all about a plan! I want to know EXACTLY when to take gels. So the current plan is to take one gel per every hour of running. I also really like chews, so I might just carry them and pop one in when I need one. For the marathon, the plan is to take a gel at mile 8, 13, 18 and 22.
All-in-all, the main goal is to live to tell the tale!
1 down, 16 weeks to go! Holy moly....