Just got back from my longest run so far. I plotted my route last night and managed to find a reasonable route which didn't involve crossing too many busy roads. It also helped that I ran from 7am to 8.30am and the roads were not very busy.
I use a heart rate monitor when I run and I think my fitness is improving because I am able to run at this speed while having a lower average heart rate. Hopefully that allows me to up my pace in the coming 6 weeks to stand a chance of a sub 2 hour half marathon.
Ankle watch - I managed to run without any pain and as I type the ankle is the same as it was before the run, so not 100% but fine to run at this pace.
I also ran for the first time with a waist belt. It is a Nathan Trail Mix hydration water bottle waist belt and it was very handy for this longer run. I carried out some research into a few energy gels and overall wasn't sure if it was the thing for me. I then researched a few natural alternatives and the one that kept cropping up were dates. When we opened our fasts during Ramadan we always had a date, as is the tradition, and we had a few left so I tried them today. They fitted snugly into the belt and were easy to get to when I wanted them. I ate one after 45 mins and had a bit of water to wash it down. I was surprised that it actually made a difference, but it wasn't that easy to eat a date while running! Also having some water to drink on the longer run did help a lot. I ate 3 dates while I was running and guess I'll get through 4-5 during a HM.
Here is a link to the belt a used:
I felt at the end that I probably could have run longer so that bodes well for the next few weeks when I will be running 10 miles each Sunday.
Here is a link to my run:
Happy running all!