I think I’ve figured out the trick for me with long runs… make sure I have no time sensitive plans scheduled for afterwards. When I do have plans and have to make myself get up at a certain time to get my long runs done, I start looking at it as a chore and it really messes with me mentally. We’ll see how that goes three weeks from Saturday (!!) since I don’t get to influence the start time of the race itself.
I slept in later than I have in a LONG time on Saturday, and woke up around 11am! It felt so great, and I took my time making a simple breakfast, my staple pre-run fuel.
An english muffin with peanut butter and banana… plus coffee with half and half. (Side note – I’ve completely switched over to regular (organic) half and half with my coffee and have been loving it. It’s so creamy and at 1 pt for 2 tablespoons, totally worth it in my opinion.)
After eating, I got myself dressed up and ready to go. I have been experimenting with different hydration techniques the last few weeks because I go through phases with what works for me. For a while there, I was using my fuel belt, but then I started not liking the way it felt around my waist and how it would ride up. After that, I switched to a Camelbak, but I haven’t been that into using it for training runs because it feels like such a hassle to fill up and clean even though I know it’s not.
Last weekend for my 9 miler, I bought a bottle of water during the run, but this past Saturday, I tried my handheld waterbottle for the first time in a while.
I like it because it has a little pouch that I put my two Vanilla Bean GUs in for the run, and its not heavy at all. I barely even have to hold it since my hand goes through the strap, but it does occasionally make my hand go numb which can be annoying.
After getting geared up, I headed out for the run. I had mapped out a route on WalkJogRun.net that I took one last look at before slathering my (once non-existent) collarbone with BodyGlide, and then I was off.
The run itself was awesome. I tried to just run at a pace that felt comfortable and soak in the perfect weather and scenery. I almost never stop to take photos when I run, but as I was passing mile 7 and looked to my left, I couldn’t help it.
Sometimes I take for granted the gorgeous scenery I get to run around… but not Saturday. It was breathtaking. Or maybe that had something to do with the fact that I was 7 miles into my run… either way it wasn’t bad to look at.
I don’t have too much to say about the run itself – the first two miles were a little tough mentally but then I got in my groove and just kept trucking along. I ended up finishing just under a 10 minute pace, which was perfect for the training run.
In terms of fuel, I ended up taking both GUs even though I wasn’t planning on it. I took the first one at about 4.5 miles (~45 minutes) and then the second one around 7.5 miles because I was starting to drag a bit and wanted to finish the run strong.
And you know what? I did just that.
I felt like a million bucks when I was done – my first double digit run in almost 6 months. Booya.
What is your preferred method of hydration? And distance-wise, at what point do you carry water with you for a run?
I tend to carry water only if I’m going for more than 6 miles. If I’m running for less than an hour, I am usually good with just drinking before and after the run, but any more than that and I like to have something with me. In terms of hydration method, I really go through so many different phases with what works for me at the time like I said above. I think I will use my Camelbak on the day of the half like I did last time, but it doesn’t seem worth it to go through the trouble for every training run.