I did an early morning run today. Jake & I started at 7am, which is good practice for me because I don't normally run in the morning and I've been wondering what I'd do to fuel myself before the half-marathon. Jake suggested that I eat before bed and drink a lot too. It worked great. I had a bottle of Gatorade for the run and never had any problems. Except for the heat.
We did a 4 mile out & back. The first 2 were shaded, very nice and comfortable. 3 & 4 were with the sun at our backs, but into a stiff head-wind. Not bad, but it did make us work. I was happy when we hit the turn-around, or I thought I was. 5 & 6 were possibily the worst two miles I've ever run. Not for pace, but for suffering. It was early enough that the sun was right in our eyes and it was already very hot. The wind was now behind us, so it felt like we were running through a sauna. I don't think I could have done another mile into the sun. Neither one of us said much during that time, we could afford the extra energy. Miles 7 & 8 were back up through the shaded streets and we both recovered right away. We were soaked and dripping, but it was a great run. I lost about 3-4 lbs. in sweat.
8 miles - 1:01:43 @ 7.43/mile