Friday, February 27, 2015

How To Fuel For Long Runs & That Dress

I have 15 miles scheduled for Saturday morning and as I expected, I have obsessed over this run all week long. Funny enough, I'm not as worried about the distance. I can technically do that distance even if it takes me all day and I'm crawling. After getting through two 12-milers and one 13.1, I'm pretty confident I can complete 15.

My obsession has been focused on fueling. I have no idea how to go about it. Okay, I have a little idea, but I'm nervous my plan won't work. They say training is all about trial and error and this is the time to try things - say it with me, #1 rule: never try anything new on race day - But I've really enjoyed completing my training runs feeling victorious, and I'm terrified of hitting that lovely "wall" I've heard so much about. 

GU gels work really well for me. I take one when I'm running over an hour, 1 1/2 when I'm running 1 1/2 hours, and two when I'm running 2 + hours. So where do I go from here? 15 miles should take me around 2 1/2 hours give or take two hours 10ish minutes. I'm leaning towards 2 1/2 gels, but I really have no idea how my body will react to this distance. I've also been drinking only water on every long run, but tomorrow I'm mixing some lemon lime Gatorade (being served on race day) with Smart water. Running in the freezing cold has tricked my body into thinking I'm not that thirsty, but it's important to hydrate even when it's cold.

If you want to read up some more on fueling for your Marathon and/or long run, Runners World always has good stuff. Take a look here and here...

57 days!!! 


Okay on to the workouts of the week... 

On Wednesday, I ran 4.5 miles at the gym. These miles were not quite easy, but definitely not hard. Somewhere nicely in between. I was running the last .5 at around a 9:05ish pace. Everything before that was 9:40 - 9:22. 


On Thursday, I forced myself to run an easy 3.5 miles. Easy runs are challenging for me because I get a little bored, but I know how important it is to take the time for active recovery. In order to keep the run interesting, I increased the incline to 2.0 every other .25 miles. I am definitely adding more inclines to my treadmill runs to make sure I'm ready for any hills come race day....


I've been doing really well about bringing food to work, but the other day I needed to buy lunch. Starbucks always has my back. It is possible to eat healthy when eating out... 


I went to the running store today and bought some essentials and picked up my first pair of compression socks. They don't go quite as high as I was hoping, so I bought a pair of PRO Compression socks online. Normal people buy cool clothes online. I buy socks... 


I think I mentioned last week how I've been craving pancakes lately. I only eat pancakes after a race, but I haven't raced in a while and have been running a ton, so I solved the problem and have something awesome to look forward to after my long run (the wine will not be served with the pancakes)...


And I know everyone in the world has discussed this, but the dress seriously blew my mind today. I see White/Gold end of story. It's so crazy to me that other people see something different...


Have a great start to your weekend, friends! 

How do you fuel for long runs? Any tips?? 

Do you wear compression socks? 

WHAT COLOR DO YOU THINK THAT DRESS IS?! 

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