Photo ripped off without permission from
the Chicago Tribune, so please buy their newspaper.
Shortly afterwards, I geared up for my final double digit run before my own marathon next week. I set out on the elk farm loop in the opposite direction I normally go. This would get a relatively boring three miles of flat and uneventful roads out of the way and then allow a long, pretty steep climb up to the ridge.
Ran with a handheld water bottle to get used to it again. I had lost my other one a few weeks ago and bought a new one yesterday. I plan to use it at times during the marathon next week, and fortunately it felt comfortable today. I also downed a Gu right before the run just to get reacquaint my body to them. Gu has never given me problems, but I also don't use them often so I decided downing one would be a good idea.
Felt a bit out of sync at first on that first flat section but much better once the uphills began. Reached the really cool elk farm at the top of the hill, along with some high bush blueberry fields. Still kept the pace pretty easy and just enjoyed the fall foliage on the downhills, which is now pretty darn colorful. Wish I had a camera with me.
Ran 11.3 miles @ 7:38/mile pace.
Lower to mid 50s, mostly cloudy.
Saucony Kinvara, shorts, short sleeved shirt, Moeben sleeves, cap, handheld bottle (diluted Gatorade).