Iâ€™ve been clawing my way back to long distance running. I got up to 9 miles tonight! Slow but steady.
I havenâ€™t done long runs in so long that Iâ€™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 â€“ with a 8 and a 9 miler â€“ has totally tested me! I forgot to bring a water bottle last week, and this week, I completely forgot to bring fuel. Iâ€™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 â€“ 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 weekâ€™s pace. Iâ€™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 â€“ 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. Iâ€™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?