Before we start running, I have a confession to make. It’s a little embarrassing.
I JUST realized, today, that my training plan ends a week early.
I saved it as two “images” from Runner’s World, and obviously paid little attention to “Number 2” (i.e. weeks 10-15), and even less attention to the “Marathon Day!” date. Oof.
Now I have an extra week to figure out with mileage, a Long Run, speed work, etc. Help?
I started this run thinking it would be my last 20-miler. See above: that may not be the case, but it was a motivating thought!
The Plan: 11 miles solo – iPod just-in-case, water in the CamelBak, Cran-Apple GU Chomps (picked up Thursday night in a “Crap I don’t have running candy for tomorrow!” moment.), my ID (safety!), and the Garmin.
Meet up with my bike-buddy D for the last 9 miles – he comes stocked with Accelerade (Go-Fast juice), Lemon lime Sport Beans, a tortilla (we’ll get to that) and conversation!
The Fuel: I sip water every mile (nothing new here) in the beginning, then as needed when I get hot. The Chomps came it at Miles 6 and 8 (split in 1/2). I sipped the Go-Fast Juice between water after mile 11, and started half of a tortilla at mile 14.
The Mistake: If you’ve ever done endurance training, you’ve probably heard this phrase: “Do what works for YOU”. Following that should be: “…and stick to it!!”
Our options were a little limited, and I thought a whole-wheat tortilla would be fine. 170 calories, carb-loaded, no major source of fat or protein…all good things for on-the-run fuel, right?!
So, so wrong. It took me a while to get it down (as in 2 miles), and water helped a lot. But at mile 17 I felt so nauseous I was counting the steps until I saw “18” so I could take a break and possibly remove the tortilla from my stomach. Luckily the latter did not actually happen, though I probably would’ve felt better if it had.
I walked it off, pep-talked myself and listened to D’s encouragement. 20 finally came, after repeating the motto “This run will make me stronger” in my head 20 times. Whatever works, right? 🙂
20 miles, 3:06, avg 9:18
Now, I would never recommend the following post-run snacks. But believe me when I say, my brain was racked trying to think of anything that sounded good. We went straight to the store to get them…
…and those salty crunchy things were exactly what I needed. It’s been a while, but Sprite is usually my go-to drink for nausea. I had half of the bottle and felt a lot better. The rest of it went down the sink; HFCS isn’t an ideal sugar-recovery drink.
After my first ice bath ever (success!), I finally felt hungry and went for my usual:
1 cup Greek Yogurt
Drizzle of Honey
1/4 cup Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola
What are your go-to on-the-run or post-run snacks? I’m always open to trying new things (except GUs, can’t get behind that) – sometimes that works in my favor, sometimes it clearly does not. But, training is a learning process.