I’ve been clawing my way back to long distance running. I got up to 9 miles tonight! Slow but steady.
I haven’t done long runs in so long that I’m making rookie mistakes. I know better, I swear!
I used to have longer runs down to a T. I knew what to eat before, during, and after. I always drank enough water. I stretched right away.
But the last few weeks of half marathon training – with a 8 and a 9 miler – has totally tested me! I forgot to bring a water bottle last week, and this week, I completely forgot to bring fuel. I’m definitely at the point that I need to eat something in the middle of my run. At least in the form of Gatorade, but especially in the form of Gu or Shot Bloks.
One thing I did do right – I had a running buddy! I hate running long distances without a buddy. Thank goodness for Nicole.
We finished in 1:40, an average pace of 11:11, which was similar to last week’s pace. I’ll take it. We usually start doing walk/run intervals after Mile 6.
Another rookie mistake: I had the wrong type of fuel before running. Let me tell you – rice cakes, hummus, and herbed goat cheese burps do not taste good.
Post-run fueling was much more effective!
And two chocolate-covered brownie bites. I’ll share the super easy recipe tomorrow!
Long runs are about more than the actual workout. How do ensure you perform strong and recover quickly?
Great run, even with the “rookie mistakes,” Caitlin! That photo of you and Nicole is SO cute! You guys look so happy. To ensure a good result mid-run, I bring normally 2-4 dried cherries (so plump and BIG! not sure where my in-laws get them) as my fuel and actually have run up to almost 16 miles without water. I know it’s not “good,” but my body seems to do okay. I don’t own any small water bottles or a camelbak, but I want to invest in one and see if it changes my performance. Afterwards, ice baths make me feel hardcore so I like those and I drink up! 😀 Keep enjoying getting back into those runs and glad you have a running buddy to help you through them!