I'm starting up week two of Marathon training! Week one went well for the most part. I did overeat on Friday. I sometimes freak out a little the day before a long run. I ate three muffins at work! No joke, 3 muffins!!!! :(
I got in my running for the week and two core workouts. My son is playing tennis for Dallas (Senior Year) and I'm working a lot of hours at the hospital as a fill in. Juggling everything is a small challenge. Sitting down once a week to make a plan sure helps!
Monday, my husband Jerry and I meet up with our friend Chris who recently ran Pac Rim. He filled us in on that amazing Ultra race! I still can't wrap my mind around the miles Chris runs! Tuesday to Friday I ran really early with my friend Kim and new friend Tonya. One day was a nice tempo pace with Kim and one day off. I was feeling good!
Saturday I was planning a 14 miler long run, but it quickly turned into a 20 miler after talking to a few friends who needed more miles for their training. I'm really glad it changed. It was such a great 20 miler.
I have been wanting to run my long runs a little faster than last season. I have also wanted to find a way to fuel better for long runs. I have issues with lots of the typical things runners will fuel with on a long run. Gu and Gels will make my stomach turn. Gatorade/Poweraid...NO thank you! Chocolate milk after, I'll puke that right up (that's another story)! I'm scared to try much of anything because of the past issues I've dealt with.
My way of dealing with my issues, is simply not to fuel during a long run. I drink water, that is it. This is what I've been doing for a few years now.
My long run morning go like this, 45-60 mins before...wake up, drink 16 ounces of water. Sometimes I add a hydration tablet like a Nuun. Then I eat one piece of toast on my special bread with a thin layer of peanut butter and my allergy pill. I go to the bathroom two or three times, get my running clothes on and I'm off with my Garmin Vivoactive and plain water in my Nathans Pack. This is my first time using the Nathans Pack for a marathon. I don't want to carry my handheld this time.
My husband has been really concerned about my lack of fueling and doing a lot of research on my behalf. He recently ordered some Carbo Pro and insisted that I give it a try. It's a pure complex carb and it is supposed to be ok for people who have stomach issues. I thought, it would be good to try now, so early in training. I mixed up 20 ounces and added it to my pack instead of water! Off I went!
The first six miles was an easy loop around town with four friends. We looped back around to meet one other friend for the final 14 miles. We ran a huge loop around Dallas, ending with some good hills! The weather was amazing! We started at about 44 degrees and ended in the high 50's.
Every one of us had a great run Saturday. It was a fun run talking to everyone about upcoming races. The Eugene Marathon, Boston Marathon, The Pacific Northwest Marathon, The Oregon Marathon and Silver Falls 50k. What a group! They all inspire me so much!
The hills are hard for me, but I always welcome them because I know the benefits and it also breaks up a long run nicely. Using different muscle groups is a plus for recover too. The final two or three miles flattened out and I was able to finish strong and so did everyone else.At no point during my long run did my stomach hurt. I had some mix left in my pack, so I added it to my post long run protein shake. So far, so good! I will continue with the Carbo Pro!
Thank you everyone who joined me this week for a run! Your company is wonderful!
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