I've completed 3 weeks of my 16 week marathon training for Boston. Today's run was an easy 17 miler which lasted 2:07:12. The weather wasn't too bad for the middle of January with light rain and cool 34 degrees. During these long runs I'm trying to figure out fuel and water intake. When I ran 13 miles 3 weeks ago with no fuel or water I ran out of gas and was determined to not let that happen again during my long runs. I now carry my fuel belt with water and use 2 packets of gels. I eat the gels every 60 minutes and sip water every 15 minutes. So far this is working for me.
Next week I'll be running a 20 miler.
I love the snow for the beautiful scenery in the parks, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, and snow tubing with the kids, but I don't like it on the roads for driving, or running in the parks. Running long on icy snow covered roads/trails is no fun so I'm enjoying these dry days during our mild winter. But, then we are in Cleveland and I'm sure we'll get our share of wintry weather soon enough.