A few months ago I registered for my first half marathon. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to train strong. This is week 3.
Monday July 21 – Sunday July 27
Total Miles Planned: 17
Total Miles Ran: 17
Favorite Run: Thursday’s three miles made me feel AMAZING. I played my favorite game – run a mile, pause for less than a minute, run another mile, rest again, run another mile. I didn’t look at my Garmin at all during the run, just paused it when I heard the mile beep each time. I was SHOCKED to see how speedy I completed all three miles – and with negative splits to boot!
Least Favorite Run: This was another week of not having any terrible running experiences in my training. I’d say of the four training runs I completed, Tuesday’s three miles, though speedier than planned, were just “eh.”
Other Workouts: Lots of walking this week, three shorter walks [between 20-30 minutes] and nice long four and half mile walk, too. I didn’t skip strength training, either; I fit in a bit of core work and some upper body sets with my body bar.
Listening Notes: Podcasts for the three weekday runs – Radio Lab, JV Club, and This American Life. For the 9 miles I ran yesterday, I had created an AWESOME podcast playlist filled with favorites I’ve been saving to get me through the long run.
Of course, when I was leaving the house I couldn’t get the device to respond to touch – super frustrating! – so I ended up just pressing the side “play” button and letting all my songs run through shuffle-style again. Since this has happened several times in recent weeks, I had removed ALL of the music from the iPod except for a handful of running mixes.
Fueling Notes: I tried a new activity-focused beverage that Mindy had sent me some samples of last fall – The lemon lime flavored Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer. I was impressed with how much I didn’t hate this, honestly. It’s not something I would ever choose to drink if I wasn’t about to go on a run or have a hard workout, but I really didn’t dislike the two experiences with the drink mix last week.
On this week’s 9-mile run I packed a tiny bag of raisins. I ate a small handful (probably 6-10 raisins) twice – just after the 4th and 7th miles.
#THS13Point1 Reflections: I realized this week that fueling is about to be a much bigger deal as my mileage continues to increase. I think I’ve got the post-workout refueling down for the most part – even if I don’t have an appetite, I try to get some good calories and a healthy dose of water within an hour of finishing a long or intense run.
The biggest thing I want to play around with is mid-run fuel. In the past, I used vanilla bean GU, gummy bears, or Sport Beans for a few training runs and two 15K races. I want to try some other types of fuel during my long runs over the next several weeks to find what I like best in time for race day. I’ve made myself a little list of activity-focused products to try, but I also want to try a few items from the kitchen, too.
Mid-Run Fuel I’m Planning to Test:
- NUUN – It’s sometimes hard for me to consume food during hard workouts, so a hydration-based energizer would be a great idea to try
- Honey Stinger Waffles
- Clif Shots – in Bloks (chews) and gel form
- Other dried fruits like craisins, apricots, cherries, oh my!
- pieces of or mini-sized Larabars – I eat these when not running quite often. I love the Cashew Cookie and Coconut Cream Pie flavors [and am stoked to see a new Coconut Chocolate Chip, too! Must find that STAT!] The Chocolate Coffee Jocalat bar is also amazing!
- Other flavors of GU – A few of the flavors listed intrigue me in a major way – Espresso Love, Salted Watermelon, and Jet Blackberry, specifically
Do you have other mid-run fuel suggestions? What are your favorite products and flavors?