This morning, I ran my first double-digit run for marathon training. It took me a while to get going this morning (alright – it took forever), but once I hit the pavement, it was all good. I’m seeing my commitment to do a session of speedwork each week really pay off – my times are way better than they were this time last year.
My stomach felt a little empty before I left, so I wolfed down a slice of bread on my way out the door.
And I grabbed a packet of Gu. I really like the citrus Gu flavors the most. The Hammer gels seem to be so much bigger than the Gu, but they have the same amount of calories. I appreciate how compact Gu is!
I ended up taking the Gu at mile 3.25 and 3.75 (I ate half, folded over the top, and put in back in my pocket).
I plan on doing a lot of my long runs with new Charlotte friends, but I also want to make sure I do as few of them alone, too. After all, I’ll be running the marathon alone! :) Group runs will likely be a little slower due to talking, so I’m going to push myself on the solo days.
A few big, rolling hills squashed my splits, but I felt good and strong the entire time.
Around Mile 7.0, I knew I needed to stop by the house and grab more fuel or I’d never make it. I quickly sliced a peach, inhaled half, and headed back out.
Honestly, the fruit was just what I needed! It gave me the energy to push through the last three miles and pick it WAY up in the last few moments.
- Distance: 10.0 miles
- Mile 1: 9:30
- Mile 2: 9:17
- Mile 3: 9:14
- Mile 4: 10:02
- Mile 5: 9:26
- Mile 6: 10:19 <—Hills!
- Mile 7: 10:12
- Mile 8: 9:48
- Mile 9: 9:57
- Mile 10: 9:00
Came home and made a Chocolate Cherry Bomb Green Monster.
Looks icky, tastes amazing! My smoothie contained:
- 1/2 banana
- 2 cups spinach
- Chocolate Recoverite from Hammer <—never had this before but it was great!
- 1 cup rice milk
- 15 organic cherries
And an almond butter and strawberry jam sandwich.
Time to get some work done – next week I’ll be in NYC for publicity for the book and have so much prep work to do before!
If you do long workouts, how do you prefer to fuel during workouts? Gatorade, coconut water, fruit, Gu, jelly beans, gummi bears? Oh my! 🙂