Felt better after using the BR so we headed back out and looped around the lake. I used my first (ever) cliff shot at Mile 5ish (1:04 in to the run):
My review of the shot: I was nervous about using it cause I was worried about it upsetting my stomach. But I knew we were on the tail end of our run so I figured it was now or never. And that gel had sat in my pantry for months and I'm sure they have to expire at some point, right? If you've never used them, it was like a thick chocolate (that's the flavor I had) pudding consistently. A little vitamin-y sort of. You could tell it was chocolate "flavored" for sure. There seemed to be a lot more of it in the packet than I was expecting. I definitely took my time "eating?" it? I was glad I had water to follow it up with too. I didn't feel extremely different right after using it, but in the last three miles I felt kinda peppy. So I'm sure it helped a bit and so far, I feel fine.
After finishing our loop of the lake, instead of going back home after hitting that weird/new entrance, we ran back to the visitor's center and then back to the new entrance before heading home. I really wanted to make sure we'd be in the double digits. Yes we did walk a bit, but it was our first attempt at double digits. Mine in my life and I think Tiffany's too. I know I'm excited. The last two or three miles I could really tell that my legs were a bit stiff, like I knew that I'd been doing this repetitive motion for about 1:45. You know what I mean?
Us arriving home:
Working 12 tomorrow, this should be interesting! Right now I'm pounding a 32oz Gatorade rain and just and a cup of noodles. They just sounded good. Also, had a banana about an hour before the run and about 45minutes after. So I was kinda healthy, right?