The digestion system is so, so weird. There’s something about the guts that just freak me out.
My lab partner makes an excellent model. Tonight’s anatomy lab was filled with tons of information about poop. Of course, I asked why marathoners poop themselves sometimes, and everyone turned around and looked at me like — “Why? Have YOU pooped yourself?” (The answer is not yet).
Speaking of long runs, I am getting so nervous and excited for my 17.0 mile run tomorrow! I think its important to build up long runs in my head. I try not to spend the entire week dreading my long run, but looking forward in anticipation.
I fueled appropriately by having a little pasta party for dinner:
Angel hair whole wheat pasta, Alfredo sauce, kidney beans, and spinach (plus another 1/2) – yum!
Other snackies of the evening included an Oh She Glows bar:
A bowl of cereal + banana:
And some Halloween candy. Tis the season!
Clearly, I believe in carbohydrate loading for several meals before a long run. I definitely ate with a purpose today – I don’t think its wise to overdo portion sizes the night before a long run (per the pooping incident), but I have noticed a huge difference in my performance with I build up my glycogen stores over several meals.
Fun fact: You body first burns off any glucose (i.e. food) in your body during exercise, and then it switches to using glycogen. Glycogen is the long-term energy stored in your liver and muscles. During a marathon, most runners will deplete their glycogen stores around mile 20 – 22. This depletion is most commonly known as “hitting the wall.” I’ve hit the wall once (during the Crooms Fools Run – check out the recap for the ugly details!) and it was NOT pretty. I also came close to hitting the wall during my 60-mile bicycle race. This is why it’s super important to fuel during long runs.
Time for The Office, and then it’s time for BED! 17.0 miles is a long, long way to run, and I need all the sleep I can get.
If you’re an endurance athlete, have you ever hit the wall? What does it feel like for you, besides mind-numbing exhaustion?