My First 9 Mile Run (I’m Almost into Double Digits)!

My long run on Saturday was full of firsts:

  • My first time running in the rain
  • My first time managing stomach cramps
  • My first time running with a fuel belt

Overall, I would rate the run an A- or B+.

The worst part of the whole run was definitely the stomach cramps. I’ve been dealing with a small stomach virus since last Sunday and knew the cramps might pop up, but it still sucked when they did. They aren’t so much cramps as just a general uneasiness that prevents me from being able to do more than a very slow jog, so there were parts of my run where I was simply going WAY too slow.

Other than the cramps and slowness that came along with them, it was a pretty awesome nine miles mostly along the beach.

Fort Lauderdale Beach at Sunrise

At around mile 5 I remember gliding along and thinking “I feel awesome! I love running! I love Saturday mornings! I love everyone! I love everything! I’m so happy!” 

It’s probably safe to say I was feeling a pretty good endorphin rush at the time!

Also not surprisingly mile 5 was my fastest of the day … but not long after my I LOVE EVERYONE thought train did the stomach cramps pop up for the first time. Bleh. It wasn’t fun but I managed to get through.

Prior to the run I had been going back and forth on whether I would use a fuel belt today or not. About a week ago I purchased the Jurek Endure (made by Scott Jurek, you know, the ultrarunner I’m obsessed with). My plan was to use it on 10 mile+ runs but I decided to take it out today anyway.

Jurek Endure Fuel Belt

It’s so hot/humid here in Florida and most people I see running on Saturday mornings have fuel belts on with two water bottles attached. I read a blog post the other day where the author said that she thinks it’s ridiculous when people running less than 26.2 use a fuel belt. 

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I think fuel belts are such a “to each his own” type of thing that passing judgement is just kind of dumb. We should all do what makes us feel comfortable and what is appropriate for the conditions under which we run.

Saying people look ridiculous if they wear a fuel belt at any time other than a marathon (or ultra) is like saying people look ridiculous if they wear a jacket and it’s warmer than 60 degrees. Everyone has different needs. 

I’m glad I took the Jurek Endure out today because I ended up drinking both of the attached water bottles and then refilled them before the end of the run. If the clouds hadn’t come out and it didn’t start raining I probably would have had to fill them up a third time!

Aside from holding my water bottles I also like the front/side pouch attached where I was able to stash my phone, debit card, energy chews and keys.

I can also vouch for the material and say that the pouch will protect your stuff in the event of a downpour.

Saturday marked my first time running in the rain. I’ve run in light drizzles before but it was full on raining out this weekend. I loooooved running in the rain but I didn’t love the part where it stopped raining and all of a sudden I realized my clothes weighed 10lbs more than they did before.

Luckily by the time I came to this realization I was only 1.5 miles from being done.

I seriously can’t wait to get out and do 10 miles next weekend. Not only will it be my first time doing double digits but I hope that with no stomach cramps I’ll be able to ride the I LOVE EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING endorphin-filled high even longer!



  1. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running
    October 3, 2013 / 10:06 pm

    You put this SO well. I feel silly wearing water bottles for 5 miles or less, but sometimes in FL it’s totally necessary!! What a good analogy…the jacket-weather bit. Also, I love running in the rain, but not when it stops and then suddenly it’s 80 degrees and HUMID!