ever since i’ve been a personal trainer, i have been told, by my clients, that they like that i am “real.” i don’t believe in dieting; i believe in healthy eating with some non-healthy things thrown in occasionally. i am addicted to chocolate; i make no apology for this- i have chocolate every day. i live for pizza and mexican food; i really believe that pizza the night before a run is perfect. i wish i weighed 5 pounds less but i don’t let it keep me up at night; if i stopped eating chocolate every night this may not be an issue but i’m not willing to give that up. i’ll even negotiate workouts with them- squats instead of lunges; 10 reps instead of 15. i truly believe that any amount of exercise is better than none and i’m ok if you are tired and want to cheat a little on your pushups.
now, with that being said, i am a stickler when it comes to training. i really believe that the success to running a race is the amount of dedication you put into your training. that doesn’t just mean whether or not you did the runs but how you did them. i have been known to miss a run or two- not many though! i will run when i’m tired or even when i’m sore. why? mostly because i know i need to but also because i know that once i’m out there, i will never regret being out there but when i’m at home, skipping a run, i’m certain to regret that later.
i’ve really been on everyone lately about fueling on the long runs and slowing down on the long runs. trust me, i know how difficult it is to eat and drink when you’re running. i also know how much it sucks to slow down so much that you feel like you could walk faster. i also know the benefits to both of these and decided to REALLY put them into play yesterday for my 20 mile run. i’ll be honest, i always slow down a little on long runs, but not nearly enough and i always fuel on long runs, but not nearly enough. (now remember, your slow pace on your long run days is not indicative of your pace on race day- you will be able to speed up on race day because of your tempo and speed runs AND because you haven’t exhausted your legs on your long runs).
let me tell you about my run yesterday! some background on me- a “comfortable” pace for me is around a 10 minute mile or a little quicker (side note- it used to be a 10:45 or slower until i started incorporating speed drills into my workouts).
so, we started out at about an 11:30 mile. it felt slow but i was able to talk without gasping for breath at all and eventually just eased into it. as we would speed up, we just did a quick body check (roll shoulders down your back, make sure you’re not hunched forward, and slow your feet) and slowed back down.
MILE 2 – 4, i sipped on Accelerade (only sports drink i have found with a whey protein)- just little sips to wet my palate.
MILE 4- ate 2 gu chomps (1/2 serving). washed these down with water- couple of sips every few minutes. MILE 4.5 – ate 2 more gu chomps and washed these down with water. continued to drink every 10 minutes- water plus a sip of Accelerade at around mile 6.5.
MILE 7- 2 more gu chomps washed down with water. water every 10 minutes or so.
MILE 9- 2 more gu chomps (waited a little long for these; oh well). follow with water every 10 minutes
MILE 11-12- 1 bag of sports beans (1 serving) with water
water and Accelerade alternating every 10 – 15 minutes
MILE 15- 1/2 banana (thanks jennifer for leaving those in the bushes for us!); sips of water
MILE 18-19- 1 bag sports beans with sips of water
MILE 20- DONE!
believe it or not, i actually felt great. this was one of my best runs so far for this training season. i fueled properly and never went faster than an 11:30 mile. yes, i felt like i was too slow at times but i also never felt fatigued and NEVER, not even once, thought that i wouldn’t finish it! yes, i want to run the marathon faster than this but, you know what, if i don’t, who really cares?! i’m not out there to win. i’m out there for the experience.
i went home, took an ice bath, and headed down to Ernestine and Hazels for a burger and beer. pretty good for 20 miles! gasp! it does work 😉