First of all, I have to introduce my new toy.
YES! I got a Garmin!! This was on such a good sale on amazon.com (I think they're discontinuing the model), that I couldn't resist. I've been suffering from "Garmin envy" for quite awhile, and now can intelligently converse about average pace, etc. I used it today on my run, and LOVED it!!
However, that was about the only good thing about today's run (other than I finished it). I set out at about 7:00 a.m. for a 9-miler. I have really been trying to experiment with what works best for me as far as hydration. I've tried waistpacks, but found I really didn't like having anything around my waist while running. I've also used a camelbak back pack, which has worked fairly well. It keeps my hands free and carries stuff that doesn't fit in my pocket. However, it's a bit bulky, and does cause my back to get fairly warm while wearing it. I've been looking at the handhelds (a water bottle with a strap that wraps around your hand), and have tried them on at stores. They felt pretty comfortable and have gotten great reviews, so I bought one and tried it out today. HATED IT (at least for running)! The first thing I had to do was dump all the ice out, because my hand was freezing. It also just felt awkward to carry it while running, and I always felt like it was slipping because of my sweaty hands. I know a lot of people use them and like them...it just wasn't for me. I was ready to chuck it after a mile, but the zippered compartments on the outside of the band were carrying some of my other essentials, as well, so I suffered through the whole run with it. Some people stash water bottles along their route before heading out to run, but I worry about people taking them, or worse, tampering with them. Maybe I'm a bit paranoid that way. I think the camelbak is going to be my go-to hydration on long runs. It really is barely noticeable once I get going other than the warmth.
That wasn't the only water problem I had on this run, however. At about mile 3, I - shall we say - felt nature calling. Sometimes, I can run through this, but the call was getting louder, and I knew there wouldn't be a bathroom available for quite awhile. This was at a pretty quiet section of my run. On one side of the road is what's usually a dry lake bed, but right now looks something like this (minus the boat, a lot more reeds, and taller mountains in the background).
In other news, here FINALLY is a picture of my new little nephew, David, and big brother Caleb. I just LOVE this picture, and can't wait to meet the little guy in person.
Also, a HUGE congratulations to my brother, Jon, who graduated from college today. I know it wasn't easy with a full-time job and a family. Love and miss you, Jon! We're so proud of you.