What a great Father’s Day. Nicolas joined me for a good part of my 8 mile long run. I wasn’t sure how many miles I was going to run, 7 or 8. Smart Coach (my training program) said 8, but I’ve been trying to catch up slowly after having that strained calf and planned on a 6 or 7 max. But the Father’s day magic kicked in and I felt empowered so I breezed through 7 and hit 8 without a hitch! The cross-training has been a positive aspect of the training. The bike riding has not only been extremely enjoyable, but it has hit my legs from a totally different angle. They are feeling Strong! The weight lifting has made my Core stronger and I can definitely feel the difference as my runs get longer.
I started my fueling practicing this long run also. 2 hours before the run (5am) I got up and ate a half Peanut butter sandwich and 8 oz of h20. It’s important to fill the tank before the Run, but you need the proper time to digest, hence the 2 hours. I run the first 2 miles, then I start a 1oz (roughly a gulp) of water per 6 min until the run has been completed. 50 minutes into the run I take a sports gel to keep my tank loaded with electrolytes and carbs. As the long run starts climbing I will adjust and tweak accordingly.
There’s a lot involved with marathon training, and I am extremely focused on getting to the starting line heathy and strong. LET’S RUN!