As many of you know my primary fitness goals over the last 4 years have been related to doing triathlons. When I started, running was my primary obstacle not only because I had never done it before but also because of my high weight and knee issues. I started with the sprint triathlons (0.5mi swim, 12mi bike, 3mi run), then moved on to the olympic distance triathlons (1mi swim, 25mi bike, 6mi run). My next goal is the half ironman which is a 1.2 mile swim, 56mile bike ride, and a half marathon and I plan on doing one next spring.
Since running has always been my main obstacle, I have been focusing hard on that. Not only have I been running a lot but I have been working on my calves and hamstrings flexibility because those were causing some of my knee issues. Yesterday was my first trial run of the half marathon and I have to say that overall I was very, very pleased. Mainly because I had no joint pain whatsoever. Between my floating-head technique that minimizes impact force and my stretching, I had no crippling knee pain even after 13.1 miles.
The race day was quite hot, upper 80s near 90 so hydration was key. I started my hydrating strategy 4hours before the run to make sure I was 100% fully hydrated before the race. After the first 40 minutes of running my big green hat was completely soaked and dripping with sweat so it was clear that despite being fully hydrated that some hydration breaks were in order. No biggie, I didnt care that much about my time and it was more important to stay fully hydrated.