Fueling up for 20 miles was no problem! Food is my forte. Now, mapping a route was a different story. We spent the long-weekend with my Family in NM; I dreaded two inevitable things, hills and repeating hills.
After a lot of MapMyRun experimenting, I came up with an 8 mile loop that would be the lesser of a few evils, planning to add on some tangents when D joined me for Round 2 (on the bike, you know this).
I started early to avoid traffic on the roads; distance running isn’t exactly the Norm around these parts, no need to startle the drivers with unusual sightings!
The first was a convenience and a blessing to my corneas, this high-altitude sunshine doesn’t mess around (we were at 5500 ft in NM, higher than Denver!). The latter was a necessity; these arms simply do not agree with any handheld bottles weighing more than 10 oz, and my body simply demands more water than that.
Survival by Fuel: The CamelBak housed Black Cherry Propel mixed with water, which I sipped at least every mile. Electrolytes came by form of gummies & chips! Sodium was definitely not lacking this time. At mile 8 I took half of a Margarita Shot Bloks package; at mile 12 I took the second half; at mile 14.5 I ate ~1.5 servings of Cheddar & Sour Cream Baked Lays*. D brought plain water and Accelerade (aka Go-Fast Juice!), which I sipped alternatively with my Propel mix.
*Work with what you’ve got; the pantry at home had chips, so I went with it. On another note: go with plain chips, if you choose this fuel! Cheeto-finger effect was not pleasant.
Surviving the Route: The initial 8 miles included 4 definable, challenging Hills, the second 8 included those same hills and ended on an extra tangent that was a slight incline for 2 out of 2.5 miles. This dropped me off at the bottom of The Hill that my parents live on, and I decided why not just run on up (at mile 19.8…). That extra push (and lactic acid release?!) can only make me stronger! And out of breath.
The Survival Victories! I never stopped to walk. I only had to pause once for a stoplight (mile 17). I ran while I ate my snacks, which is new. I took every hill in stride; the key is run with the same Effort, slowing your pace as necessary. I only hit one mental wall; an incline for miles 17-19 isn’t easy, and I may or may not have cursed my choice of detours to tack on distance. I loved my Camelbak, I hydrated well, and I ate/fueled consistently. I didn’t pay much attention the slower-than-normal paces, because I felt Strong.
20 miles, 3:16:12
The Post-Run Survival (Recovery) Smoothie-in-a-bowl:
6 oz 0% Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp Natural Pb
Bear Naked FIT Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola
Protein: Greek Yogurt, Peanut Butter, Granola
Carbs: Yogurt, Banana
Fat: Peanut Butter, Granola
I even survived to tackle another hilly 8 miler on Monday morning, per the “Easy” day agenda. The glutes housed a few lactic acid visitors, but it was otherwise a fun, relaxing, activity-filled weekend.
How did you survive the long weekend?