Do Long Runs Exhaust You?

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Another week begins in Caitlin-land.  I am ready for the weekend already. 🙂


I snacked on a Fruition bar around 10:30. 


And lunch featured BAKED TOFU, which I’ve been craving for DAYS. Yum!


I rubbed the tofu in a simple mustard, maple syrup, and EVOO mix and then baked it at 375 for 30 minutes.


On the side, I had toasted quinoa, which I also marinaded in the same mix as the tofu and then baked for 15 minutes:


And green beans:


Do Long Runs Exhaust You?


After my 8.0 miler yesterday, I literally became a zombie. I would’ve happily passed out like this for the rest of the day, but we had stuff to do:

(That’s  me on Kath’s bed at the Healthy Living Summit).


I’ve noticed that as I increase my  mileage, my body’s ability to bounce back from a long run has decreased significantly.  When I come home from anything over 6.0 miles, I just want to sleep.  For hours.  I’m scared I’m going to lapse into a coma when I start running 14 or 15 mile runs again.


I’m pretty sure I’m pre-fueling and re-fueling properly.  I am also positive I’m drinking enough water.  I’m probably not sleeping as much as I should overall, but I do long runs on the weekend when I’m pretty rested.


Maybe my body is just going through a transition period as I get back into long-distance running?  This has happened before, and I think I just "outgrew it."  But I’m concerned I’m overlooking a key factor!


Do long runs exhaust you?  If not, WHAT IS YOUR SECRET?  Do tell.



  • Tami August 24, 2009, 9:31 am

    don't fit sleep, i sometimes plan a nap into my training time. i know a lot of runners who do the same, especially if you wake up early to run. sleep for an hour or a little bit more is OK. did you read about the insomniac in Runner's World this month?

  • Lizzy August 24, 2009, 9:36 am

    my long runs totally exhaust me, and i yet to find the secret as well.. hopefully we'll find it! haha

  • Meg C. August 24, 2009, 9:45 am

    long runs do exhaust me, but not necessarily in a sleep-related way. they usually just make my joints and muscles extremely tired and make me want to sit or lie down for the rest of the day. it's definitely rough on your body!

  • Frannie August 24, 2009, 9:46 am

    My long runs used to exhaust me, but now they leave me invigorated. I definitely try to sleep >8 hrs a night and I stretch and do active recovery exercises to keep my muscles loose and happy.
    I worry about you overtaxing yourself both at work and in exercise every week. Maybe you could add naps, but you could also see if you could fit in some gentle yoga and meditation? I hope you feel better now!

  • Tea Time August 24, 2009, 9:49 am

    Are you drinking a protein drink or taking glutamine after your long runs? Hammer Nutrition makes this really awesome stuff called Recoverite that is great to drink after your long runs. I don't know how I ever ran (long) without it. 🙂

  • Kim August 24, 2009, 9:49 am

    This just started happening to me when my long run hit 8 miles. I was fueling properly before & after, but I obviously needed more. Here is what I do now for any amount over 7 miles:

    15 min before I run ~ 1 Gu gel
    45 min into my run ~ 1 Gu gel
    Instead of all water, I do 50/50 half gatorade & water mixed

    I basically add a Gu gel or other gel, every 45 min (or 4-5 miles) while running.

    This has worked like a charm! No more exhaustion. I also have NO appetite on my long run days, so it is hard to make sure that I eat enough. I try to eat a nice, bigger meal when I get home (within30 – 45 minutes) and then something every 2-3 hours after that. It is hard when you aren't hungry, but I have felt so much better doing this. My long run this weekend was 10 miles and I felt like a million bucks all day! I didn't want a nap, I was running around all day.

    Good luck!

  • Amber (Girl with the red hair) August 24, 2009, 9:52 am

    Any run that's longer than an hour usually makes me REALLY tired. My ritual is to come home, eat and then take a nap after a long run!

  • brandi August 24, 2009, 9:56 am

    i don't have an answer yet since I've never run more than 6 miles at a time, but I hope to soon! I'm sure there will be some great tips/ideas in this post, and I'm hoping I'll be able to use some later this year, too 🙂

  • Susan August 24, 2009, 9:57 am

    Two things help me when I increase my training – NAPS and SNACKS. I suck at sleeping more than 7 hours a night, but I'm gifted with the ability to nap. So when I'm exhausted, I just close my eyes for an hour and feel completely rejeuvenated after. I also up the calories in my snacks. If I'm feeling hunger pains a couple hours after a meal, I go ahead and eat the calories I need to make me feel satisfied again. Otherwise, I just run out of steam.

  • Britt August 24, 2009, 10:05 am

    I don't give myself time to get tired… I pack so much into my weekends that its not an option. As long as I keep moving and don't think about being tired, I'm good to go. Its about 8pm that night that finally myself "rest" and if I'm ready for bed, I'll just go.

    I'll never forget the time I had just come home from a 20 mile run and my husband had me lugging 80lb bags of dry concrete mix…he was repairing the basement floor and I apparently had to help! He didn't understand why I was so tired…. ugh.

  • Amy August 24, 2009, 10:05 am

    Do you do your run longs at a slower pace?

    I always do my long runs at the Long Slow Distance pace set for my pace group.

    It feels horribly slow when you first start, but at the end I feel amazing.

  • Annamarina (Running Tails) August 24, 2009, 10:09 am

    I definitely know the feeling of being absolutely exhausted after a long run. Recently, as my mileage has increased, I have stopped setting my alarm on Saturday mornings, and have allowed my body to wake up naturally (usually around 8). I have felt so much better during and after my long runs. This could be tough in the Florida heat, when you need to get your run in early. But, as fall approaches you may want to sleep a little extra! Good luck with your training!

  • Jess August 24, 2009, 10:09 am

    My long runs always made me really tired. But I foudn that when I drank the PowerBar recovery drink or ate the recovery bar, I felt like I could go on with my day without napping for 3 hours. I think it's pretty normal for people to feel really tired after long runs. They are hard on the body. My coaches also said, if you feel like you need to sleep, do it!

  • Laura August 24, 2009, 10:17 am

    I am way better than I used to be. I make sure that for any run over an hr I use my gels properly and get a ton of water in me. Post run I stretch and do relax a bit but I have found that by keeping 'moving' (e.g playing golf or even just chores) has combatted the fatigue I used to feel.

  • platipus329 August 24, 2009, 10:18 am

    I think long runs are exhausting no matter what you do. One suggestion I would give is salt EVERYTHING. It helps your body hold onto the water for those long runs, and it's easy to get dehyrdrated when it's already so hot out.

  • Gabriela August 24, 2009, 10:30 am

    I've been getting super tired on long runs recently, too. I was confused for awhile until I ran while on vacation in Cape Cod, which is about 20 degrees cooler than what I've been doing this summer. I'm no expert on this kind of stuff, but at least for me something about the heat does me in, even though I feel fine while doing them.

  • Anonymous August 24, 2009, 10:37 am

    I'll bite, and I'll be blunt:

    If you consider 8 miles long, well, that's not a good thing if you are marathon training. I'm not saying this to be mean, but its a sign you need to figure out how to run more.

    Speaking from experience, you shouldn't *really* need to use gels or the like until you are running more than say…13 miles. Granted I'm a bit faster than you (I'm a 1:32 half marathoner/3:20 marathoner, I'll maybe take a gel during a half about 7 miles in IF its hot. Otherwise, I go without.), you can probably adjust that down to about…8 miles. (Again, not being mean. Kara Goucher runs a half marathon in 1:08. She probably doesn't need electrolytes or carbs until far later than I would…hell, as she's a 2:25 marathoner she could probably get by with none.) So if you are actually fueling for something so short, I don't think that is the problem. Instead, it seems your problem is a lack of conditioning. Since you are having trouble with your knees, there is nothing wrong with following a lower mileage plan. However, lower mileage means you need to make up for the lack of conditioning and you might want to bike on your off days so you are getting the appropriate amount of cardio (keeping in mind the rule of thumb that you need to bike about TWICE as much as you'd run to get an "equal" amount.)

    My suggestion?

    Try something like the FIRST plan:

    It'll keep your running a bit more focused.

    I personally tend to encourage people to stay away from the marathon if they are injury prone, but if you are doing it for charity I guess that's a bit different. You have plenty of time to work on your level of conditioning, but the thing with marathon training is that in many cases it DOES pay to get out there and run no matter how badly you feel. You *need* a base to get through it without hurting yourself, and you need to figure out how to do it without hurting yourself. Getting to the start line is as important as getting to the finish line in one piece. But while you are building a base, remember that the only thing that helps a cardiovascular base is, well, cardio. (I tend to say the only way to run faster is to run more, but since your goal is to finish…I'll revise that slightly. And yes, I'm a coach.)


  • Laura August 24, 2009, 10:39 am

    My Long Runs exhaust me! I had a 13 miler this weekend and I was wiped the next day!!

  • Caroline August 24, 2009, 10:40 am

    When I first started running any and all runs made me crash about an hour and a half later. Luckily this doesn't happen anymore, but it might be the time of day that I run too. My longer morning run Saturday made me want to go to bed by 3!

  • Emily August 24, 2009, 10:42 am

    Hey Caitlin! I definitely feel my energy zapped when I do long runs (usually on Sat). I'm training for the Chicago Marathon so i'm up to 15-18 milers now. Recently, I've just accepted that I need a nap or a quiet afternoon at home. Yoga actually helps restore my muscles and mind and keeps me moderately energized. Good luck!

  • Pam (Highway to Health) August 24, 2009, 10:44 am

    Great observation! I'm just getting into longer runs now but I was exhausted after my run yesterday. I think it could have been a combination of stress and lack of sleep though! I love reading everyone elses comments on this. So helpful!

  • Ana August 24, 2009, 10:47 am

    i find that runs lasting longer than 75 minutes require me to fuel up differently (pre, during, and post run). and i have to disagree with anonymous that you don't need gels, etc until about 13 mi.

    What has worked the best for me, recently, is prefueling with some type of bread/pb, bringing shot blocks with me (i suck down one every 30 minutes, even if i'm still feeling strong), and then immediately after my run i drink a coconut water. it has tons of potassium in it and prevents me from having excessive soreness. and i do this everytime i run 8 mi or more.

    i also always need a nap on days i do long runs like this. may be b/c i don't get much sleep during the week, but also because when i run these distances, i have to start at 5:30 am (i life in baton rouge la and its hella hot!).

    hope this helps a little. i find that my eating habits (types, times, etc) are actually similar to yours and so i thought my input would help! good luck with your training

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 24, 2009, 10:49 am

    thanks for the feedback so far, everyone!

    cara – i think you're right, i just need to build up my conditioning again. although, i really do think its important for me to take gels after 6 or 7 miles for long runs. interesting feedback, though! and sweet half marathon time! im jealous!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 24, 2009, 10:50 am

    ana – oo coconut water, good idea! and yea — like you, i need gels WAY before mile 8 or 13.

  • randomlymikey August 24, 2009, 10:50 am

    i have been craving tofu lately too. mmm…. hope you get some tips on the run situation, i have yet to make it that far 🙂

  • Bula August 24, 2009, 10:57 am

    I second coconut water! I love it. We've replaced out normal hydration using gatorate w/ coconut water and it's working out wonderfully. Although it's more expensive I think it's worth it. Don't get the oversweetened coconut water, those are just toxic.

  • tracik August 24, 2009, 11:06 am

    Caitlin: Have you tried coconut water (VitaCoco or O.N.E)? There is tons of magnesium, potasium and electrolytes. Works for me. I drink some before and after a run and feel great. It's 100% natural. I really suggest it.

  • L. Simone August 24, 2009, 11:10 am

    I'm not really a runner, more of a walker, but I find that days when I walk more than 4 or 5 miles I am exhausted, so you're not alone! These also tend to be the days that I come home and find that I have NO food in my fridge. I end up being thankful that I live in nyc and can have any kind of food delivered to my door at any time of day. By the time I get out of the shower and throw clothes on, my food is here. Give it an hour and I am now clean, stuffed, and in an "I don't want to move" coma. Give it another hour after just lying in my bed watching trashy tv and blog stalking and I have a second wind that drives me to either clean or take a nice and relaxing stroll around the block (granted its not a billion degrees outside, cuz this girl does not want to sweat and have to shower again in a couple hr time frame). I guess what I am trying to say is that if right after I relax and refuel, I bounce back soon. If I try to make myself keep doing stuff and go go go, than I wind up exhausted for the next few days and lacking energy…AKA, I always try to allow myself the opportunity to unwind after a big workout and then get back into my normal routine once I feel energized.

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal August 24, 2009, 11:10 am

    Long runs ARE exhuasting! I went for one yesterday, and was so lazy the res of the day. After my shower, I was in my robe and just curled up on the bed in fetal position for a good hour! lol I'm sure it's a transition period and your body will get more and more used to it 🙂

  • Stacy August 24, 2009, 11:10 am

    I second what was said about taking in a recovery drink immediately after your run. As soon as you get home, have a glass of chocolate milk. Apparently the ratio of protein to carbs is perfect for recovery. Also, try to do it within 30 minutes of finishing your run. If I miss the 30 minute window, I end up clonking out for a 2+ hour nap.

    I ran 15 miles on Saturday, but drank the milk immediately after. I managed to stay on my feet all day. I slept like a rock Saturday night though!

    Also… I'm another HUGE fan of coconut water!

  • SuperDots August 24, 2009, 11:12 am

    I don't run, but long bike rides really exhaust me!

    Not to be creepy, but your legs look super long in that photo of you on the bed! lol

  • Kayla August 24, 2009, 11:23 am

    If you are feeling that drained from increasing your activity I can almost guarantee it's from not eating enough in general, generally when exercise fatigues you it's either from overtraining or undereating for your activity level. I'd try increasing overall cals, if not daily, at least on the days prior to your long runs (assuming that you already eat more on long run days).

  • The Shabby Princess August 24, 2009, 11:27 am

    Sometimes long runs exhaust me, other times they don't–I haven't really figured it out yet! I think a big factor is how I feel mentally. If I've gotten a good nights sleep and ate good food the night before and everything and I go out there with a positive kick ass attitude, I notice that not only are my runs better, but, I feel better afterwards. I usually do end up needing a nap at some point during the day if I've done anything over 10 miles, but, I think it also gets easier as your body gets used to it.

    Take care of you and don't overdo it!

  • Shelly August 24, 2009, 11:30 am

    Yes! When I trained for my first 10K, I would be unable to do anything for the rest of the day after a 5 or 6 mile run.
    A friend who is a more experienced runner told me it was probably a fueling problem, but I really felt that I was doing a good job of eating before and after my runs.
    Due to the post-run exhaustion issue, I really didn't see myself running long distances in the future. Of course, never say never, b/c as I've continued to run in maintenance mode (I did a bunch of local 5K races this summer, but all of our long races are in the winter and spring) I've found my standard runs kept getting longer and longer (from 3 miles 2 or 3 times a week to 4.5 miles 2 or 3 times a week) just b/c I was enjoying myself and didn't feel like stopping.
    Now I've started training for a half marathon and ran my first 6 mile run in several months. When I got home, I made a point to shower, eat, and take a 1.5 hour nap ASAP- afterward, I felt fine! I think making a point to take a nap has really helped but I also think that increasing the distance of my short runs has given me more stamina for longer runs. We'll see if this continues to be true as I keep increasing my miles.

  • Elizabeth August 24, 2009, 11:40 am

    I'm at week 10 of my half-marathon training plan – 24 miles this week. I'm no expert (it's my first half marathon), but I can say for sure that my first three long runs wiped me out. Now I'm fine after my 8-9 mile run – I could run the whole thing over again after I shower and snack. The keys for me have been eating a little more the night before my run, drinking gatorade or eating an electrolyte shot blok when I get home, taking walk breaks if I need them, and practice. Every single run I do is easier than the one before – I'm not shaving minutes off my pace each week or adding dozens of miles, but I recover faster and feel better after each run.

  • Eve August 24, 2009, 11:44 am

    It totally depends on the day for me, if I work to my maximum level than it can be very draining. Make sure to get enough sleep, hydrate appropriately, and you will likely adjust!

  • Julia August 24, 2009, 11:44 am

    I don't feel exhausted after long runs (10+ miles, and I attribute this to keeping a SLOW and STEADY pace (much slower than my shorter runs) and eating/drinking IMMEDIATELY after finishing running. I usually eat more protein than what books tell me. That's just what works for me though. You might want to experiment. I think running slow is the key though! Good luck

  • MarathonVal August 24, 2009, 11:50 am

    Sleep truly is crucial!!! I've noticed a huge difference in my post-run energy levels on days when I had gotten the proper amount of sleep the night before.

    I also find that I tire out quickly after long runs when I do't eat much directly after. Often I have no appetite after running 10-18 miles at a time, but I think it's important to eat something regardless to help with recovery!

  • thecontemplativerunner August 24, 2009, 12:04 pm

    1. recovery drink
    2. nice long shower
    3. frequent eating all day after the run
    4. extra sleep before and after running
    5. stretch

    I just ran a 14 miler yesterday and those are the things I did (except I should have done way more stretching!)
    AND it would have been much better if I brought a carb snack on the run –totally forgot!

  • Jenna August 24, 2009, 12:44 pm

    maybe you aren't getting enough sleep or you are giving your body enough fuel! or maybe your body just needs some time to adjust to running long runs again because it is not used to it!

  • K August 24, 2009, 1:17 pm

    I am going to have to agree with Kayla on this one. I think you need to increase your calorie intake. Maybe then you won't have to rely on gels so much when you're running, as well as, helping your main goal, of not feeling so exhausted after longer runs.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 24, 2009, 1:22 pm

    i just wanted to comment that i am DEFINITELY eating enough calories on long run days. before my 8.0 miler, i had a 300 calorie snack, i ate 100 calories during the run, and i came home and ate another 500 calories immediately. then, within the next two hours, i went out to lunch (not shown in the post), and had a huge breakfast burrito with hash browns, three eggs, sour cream, and cheese. i also split a hummus and pita chip appetizer with the husband. trust me, i am eating enough. 🙂

  • RhodeyGirl August 24, 2009, 1:26 pm

    caitlin i am not sure how to help you except maybe just give your body what it needs and hope that you adapt to it???? it is a big change to be running like this again your body needs time to get used to it!

    happy monday!

  • Arianna August 24, 2009, 1:49 pm

    Hey! I'm training for a marathon now (the race is in October). At first, my long runs totally wiped me out, too. After doing a bunch of research, i.e. reading and also experimenting, I've decided that the secret is SLEEP. Sleep allows your body to rest and repair, and it's SO IMPORTANT when you're training. I've found that as I honor my sleepiness during the week, I'm less beat by–and, in fact, more energized by–my long runs, which are now up to 18-ish miles. Good luck! Be nice to your body, and it will be nice to you.

  • Angharad August 24, 2009, 1:57 pm

    I also get completely exhausted after anything over 6 miles! I did 7 this saturday and literally didn't really move the rest of the day!!
    I don't think I'm stretching enough post-run which I know is bad but wouldn't think would tire me…hmm. Interested to see what you come up with!!

  • Kate August 24, 2009, 2:24 pm

    By slowing my pace waay down I have felt much better after my long runs. Running at a low HR means I can go longer without getting tired.

  • Mirtha August 24, 2009, 2:26 pm

    I have a question. I am new to the site so I don't know if you've addressed this before, but I was wondering on your thoughts between the the recent news of soy and your thyroid. I love, love, love soy, but I also have hypothryroidism and was wondering what your opinion on it is?

  • *One Step at a Time* August 24, 2009, 2:28 pm

    To be honest, this is why I don't go on longer runs! I generally stick to 4-5 miles about 6 days a week, and that works for me! Longer then that would completely drain me. I don't get how some other bloggers can run long distances day after day and NOT be exhausted!!

  • RunToFinish August 24, 2009, 2:36 pm

    When I get over 16 miles I am tired afterwards, but usually not exhausted. I am paritally jsut thrilled I did it again. Usually once I make it home, soak in the tub, have my smoothie… I'm ready to go again

  • K8 August 24, 2009, 3:22 pm

    I find if I keep moving i am fine. If my ass hits the couch then it is over and I am crazy sore and stiff the next day. Stretching and moving is key!

  • Lainie August 24, 2009, 3:51 pm

    Exercise in general exhausts me. I know it's supposed to energize, but honestly…I feel like I am constantly walking around exhausted! If you figure out the trick to this all, let me know… 🙂

  • Carrie! August 24, 2009, 4:03 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    I'm studying to be a dietitian, and I've learned that lacking iron can make you feel really exhausted, particularly during or after exercise. Even if you take an iron supplement, it can be a challenge for vegetarians to get both kinds or iron: heme iron (which comes from animal products, like red meat) and non-heme iron (which comes from plant sources.) You may be feeling this way because you might be lacking heme iron. I'm not saying that you shouldn't be a vegetarian. Lots of people are vegetarians! It just might be something to be aware of, and if you continue to have problems with your energy level, you can talk to your doctor about it. Of course, that might not even be the problem at all.

  • Barbara August 24, 2009, 4:21 pm

    I know its already been said but Hydration is key after a long run. Those NUUN tablets you can buy at REI work wonders….

    I also slam some fruit for quick glucose boost.

  • Oh She Glows August 24, 2009, 4:58 pm

    Its weird after some long runs I am EXHAUSTED (like you!) and other times I'm fine. I think what makes me really tired is when I run in the heat and sun. Those two factors realy do me in. I could see that you would be running in both quite often. Do you ever do long runs at night?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 24, 2009, 5:36 pm

    mirtha – i dont know much about soy and the thyorid, but i have heard it can cause issues with breast cancer, etc. so i try not to have tofu EVERY SINGLE DAY. its all about moderation for me. but i cant really comment on the thyroid issue – i'm sorry!

    carrie – hmmm that it a really interesting thought. i'm going to look into the iron thing!

  • HangryPants August 24, 2009, 5:36 pm

    For me it's 8 or more miles and I am out – tired and hungry for the rest of the day. I have no remedy other than sleep. 🙂

  • Jenna August 24, 2009, 5:37 pm

    Hey Caitlin!

    Long runs don't seem to get me down too bad as long as I have a combo of fat/protein/carbs before and after the run.

    My favorite post run meal is toast and nut butter. Does the trick EVERY time.

  • Topaz August 24, 2009, 5:37 pm

    Yup, I'm the same way…right around the 6 miler mark…it is nappy time! I'm getting ready for a 10 miler in the beginning of October, and I just know that I'll have to schedule in a bit of 'rest' time after my longer runs. Oddly enough, after I play a tough/hot tennis match, the same thing happens. I figure my body needs it, or I wouldn't be so tired!

    Also, quick question…do you do anything with the quinoa before toasting? I have some sitting in my pantry that I need to so something with…and I like how it looks toasted/baked!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 24, 2009, 5:55 pm

    topaz – just rinse the quinoa, pat dry, and mix in some evoo and maple syrup. spread out on a baking sheet and toast. thats it!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) August 24, 2009, 6:32 pm

    I dont eat soy anymore but your tofu looks awesome! When I used to eat tofu, I could never get it quite right in the oven. Clearly, you got it just right, it looks great! Wish my body could tolerate it.

    And yeah, I do get exhausted from too much distance. I run about 5-6 miles daily and any over that and I am too tired. However, I am not sure how old you are, I am 33 and have a 2.5 yr old. When I was in my 20s I was actually more tired than I am now. I think something about motherhood conditions you to function on waaaaaay less sleep than I ever, ever thought was possible. I used to be an 8-9 hr a night girl. I can tell you in 4 yrs I have not slept more than 6-7 hrs, and usually not all in one chunk. Motherhood, I tell ya.

  • Elizabeth Jarrard August 24, 2009, 7:22 pm

    hey caitlin!
    and good fuel= no zombie state
    make sure you are drinking plenty of water the day before and day of your long runs, and put some electrolytes in that water! I like Nuun and Ultima (and am currently working on a hydration post!)
    you eat healthfully, but make sure you are getting enough iron and a source of simple sugars during your run will most likely give you a great energy boost. I've been personally trying to shift away from stuff like gu (even though it uses more unrefined sugars) and taking raisins and dates on my runs. good luck!!

  • Sarah August 24, 2009, 7:54 pm

    A good dose of protein after a long run really helps me. And some whole grains for carbs. I've found that I'm less tired (though I'll never turn down a nap after a long run!) if I eat protein pretty quickly after my run.

  • Tay August 24, 2009, 9:51 pm

    Your toasting the quinoa sounds interesting! I've only cooked it on the stove before! I'll have to try it your way soon. I just bought a HUGE bag at Costco! 🙂

  • seesaraheat August 25, 2009, 6:10 am

    I don't recall long runs exhausting me before (it's been a while) but I would make sure to get more sleep and maybe even a nap in the middle of the day if you can. Good luck!

  • K8 August 25, 2009, 12:53 pm

    I second what everyone has mentioned about the coconut water. I have had good luck consuming that before a long run and then having another one after. Sticking to water or maybe a gel during. I find the some of the other stuff is far too sweet and can cause my tum-tum to turn on me, which as we all know make a nice long run turn bad really quick. I usually only do this if I plan on going over 8 miles.

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