Hi there! Happy Wednesday!
Sorry for disappearing on you on Monday. I spent the long weekend in Charleston, soaking up some final beach weather and yummy eats, and I didn’t get around to finishing my most recent nutrition post! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.
Here are some pictures..
Sorry for that sensory overload.
I figured it was time to check in with my marathon training. While I still have about 8 weeks left of training, I’m having fun learning more about myself, my preferences, and what is and isn’t working for me. And, why not share these wonderful thoughts and epiphanies with you all.
Well…I don’t hate running yet….Actually, this training cycle has been really fun. I think getting tired is natural with the higher distances, but I’m really enjoying it.
Cold bowls are my best friend
Smoothie bowls and ice cream are necessities right now. The body wants what the body wants. Cold and sweet.
I have NUUN every day
And also, they have great flavors and sometimes water gets boringggg. We all know.
Speedwork isn’t that bad
Actually, I look forward to my weekly speed sessions. While I didn’t love the week of 800’s, I’ve loved the tempos, negative splits, and pyramid workouts. I feel the benefits shortly after in my subsequent runs and feel I can keep a quicker pace without putting as much effort in. So far, my body has adjusted to speedwork pretty well.
I’m loving the Mizuno Wave Riders
I’m set on buying a new pair before the race.
I can’t run on an empty stomach
No way no how. If I’m running in the morning, I need at least an hour for a snack and some coffee. While I’ve read some of the research about being fat adapted for running longer distances, that’s not me right now. I need my carbs. My preference is actually not to run in the morning, but, I think I need to teach my body to do my longer runs in the morning to simulate race day.
I’m overly cautious with my fuel
Knowing all I know about nutrition and the body, I’m extra cautious about making sure I’m fueling enough. I’ll always have some fuel in my Fitletic belt, even if I don’t use it. Lately, I’ve been loving huma gels. I also had success with yogurt covered raisins during a long run.
I did not have success with this date with peanut butter before a run. It gave me some bloating and cramps, but now is the time for me to figure these things out, far before the race.
My glutes and hamstrings are constantly sore
Sorry to complain <— but so true. When you’re training, you’re always in recovery mode – from a long run or from speedwork. This also reminds me that I need to be more consistent with foam rolling.
I hate running in sleeves
They just get in the way. Tank tops all the way, baby.
Speaking of clothes, I have considered bringing an extra pair of clothes during my long runs to change at the halfway point. I didn’t realize a person could sweat so much.
If I’m not working, I’m either eating or running. Or eating smoothie bowls.
And, my favorite:
You can change your mindset.
I used to be psyched out at the idea of spending 2.5+ hours with my thoughts on a long run. It’s not that bad guys. I think it’s important to break through that mental mindset, and I feel like I’m on the edge of that point. Mind over matter, I suppose.
Did 26 miles seem less and less insurmountable the deeper into training you got?
Smoothie bowls or ice cream?