Get Up and Go

A tough week of training along with a busy schedule has left me feeling a little nervous about tomorrow’s 18 mile run.  For the past few days my legs have felt tight and sore.  Maybe this week is a ‘push through to the next level of training’ week.  A week that I put my thoughts aside and follow the plan.  Wake up.  Get ready.  Put one foot in front of the other and run.  I need to be smart about tomorrow’s run, so a little planning must be done.

I usually don’t carry any electrolytes or GUs with me on my long runs, and for 16 miles or less, I don’t need them.  Now that my long runs are getting longer, I need to figure out how to fuel mid run.   I have a couple of options for tomorrow.  One part gatorade/one part water.  Powerpak Electrolytes.  Water with chia, a drop of honey, and a pinch of seasalt.  The last option is probably weird in some people’s eyes, but it may be the best option.  It contains carbs, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, and it is easy on the stomach.

I plan to run a mostly flat course with some hills at the end.

Stick to the plan. Trust the plan.  Wake up.  Get ready.  Put one foot in front of the other and run!

Do you drink/eat anything on a long run?

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  1. I am following your blog with interest as this is a very timely topic for me. I am just now starting to get into longer runs, and I need to learn proper hydration and nutrition for long runs. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for your interest in my blog. : ) If you have any specific questions feel free to ask. I will answer them based on personal experience and knowledge gained from experienced running friends! For runs that are longer than two hours, I am very much in the trial and error phase, and I will blog about my successes with fueling and my fueling fails! : )

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  2. I prefer to train fasted, but as the long runs have been building up on my plan I’ve started to take fluids & food out with me. I invested in a Camelbak, which I now take out for runs over 2 hours. I fill it with water and an electrolyte tablet. I’ve also started carrying gels on longer runs and have tried taking one every 45 mins. Still not dialed in the right balance yet, so keen to hear yours & others thoughts

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  3. I’ll roll all winter long without taking things with me but in the summer that a tough one. My friend and I were talking about hydration on our long run Saturday and agreed that it seems like the more we have to drink the more we think we need to drink and depend on it. Then if we run out we feel drained. Sometimes I think it’s a mental crutch and I’d like to lose it.

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