The day after the Race for the cure I returned to Umstead for my Sunday 8 miler. This time I brought with me my brand new Nathan's Hand Held water bottle. And let me tell you, that sucker is worth every penny! I felt a world of difference in the way I ran this eight compared to how I have run the last two weekends. I think that I sweat more, but felt much more fresh as the run progressed. I was pretty tired from the previous days race at the start of my run, and I ran a little slower than I had last week. But, at around mile five, I could feel my legs finally hit the right gear and felt well sorted at point where I normally begin to struggle. By the time the dreaded last mile began, I could feel that my legs still had a reserve of strength that I just normally don't have and was able to power through the last mile. I even manged to kick a little just for fun for the last two tenths of a mile( . . . ok not for fun . . . but to end the run sooner!). Some of these changes may be the result of my body getting acclimated to running eight miles, but I really think that most of is the result of better hydration. I did have one long running battle with two sweat bees through most of mile five. As annoying as those things are I'll take them over the deer and horse flies any day.
And according to good old Wikipedia Sweat Bees sting is nearly painless and they are virtually harmless anyone, who is not allergic. I'll be honest and admit that I didn't know this and will just do my best to ignore them on my next run. Go forth and Pollinate little bees! You'll have no more trouble from just a gentle shoo. Above is on of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands, who are unfortunately most often associated with a Bee Girl.
I did 8 miles in 1:26:45.36 for a 10:50 pace.