Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Runday: So Wrong It's Right

Before I get into what happened during SundayRunday, let me just say that this is the first week that I feel like I've finally bounced back from the horrible cold/flu/Ebola virus/black plague that seemed to want to cling to me for what felt like an eternity (translation: nearly four weeks).  Of course it hit during the most important weeks of marathon training (thanks).  Luckily, this week I had decent runs - single digits, but starting to feel normal again.  Saturday I got in a great short run with a friend I haven't seen in a long time, which was so nice.  And then there was today ...
New runners, don't let anyone fool you - even those of us who have run a long time don't always do things the "right" way.  I did a lot of "wrong" things today, but spoiler alert: it all turned out okay!

Mistake 1: I got up early this morning to register for the Oak Barrel Half Marathon (tiny local race that is absolutely wonderful).  I got in (yay!) and considered getting up to do my long run, but went back to sleep thinking - why start early and run in 40 degrees when I can sleep just a bit more and run in 50 degrees.  
Mistake 2: When I did get up, I got back into bed to eat my pre-long run breakfast and flip channels so that I would have a little time to digest.  I settled on "Everest."  No idea why.  This isn't my thing.  Mountain climbing makes me anxious and spoiler alert 2 of this post: this doesn't end well for about half of the climbers.  Anxious and depressed are two bad ways to start a run.  I just couldn't tear myself away from it though!  And then by the time the movie was over, I was in that awkward place of "do I eat lunch now and try to run or run while hungry?"
This actually was well made and I'd recommend it if it is your thing.
Mistake 3: I opted not to eat a full lunch because I thought it would make me feel too heavy and I had big plans for this run.  So I did something you really shouldn't ever do, I tried something new before a long run (insert horrified gasp).  I got some great snacks at the Great Smoky Mountain Half Marathon and hoped they would settle well on my stomach.  I downed a Picky Bar before leaving the house and tucked a Honey Stinger Waffle in my pocket for once I got there.
These were both super delicious and did NOT result in any gut bombs.  Winner winner!  I plan to buy more of both of these things in the future.

Mistake 4: Normally I just do my long runs with Nuun in my water.  Apparently this is not normal and I was wondering if some additional fuel might help me.  So 2 weeks before my marathon, I decide to try some things to see if it works (and why try on a short run what you can try on a long run?).  Just in case, I picked a loop path that had a full service bathroom.  I packed two Honey Stinger products - gel and chews.
The gel I got down, but the texture still gets to me (its thinner than GU, which I can't stand).  The chews were great - two servings to a package - though I wasn't crazy about this flavor.  I think I'll try some new flavors next week.  So I shouldn't have done this, but I really feel like these things helped me today.  No gut bombs and I believe they got me through my 16 miles!  These will likely become part of my routine.  Honey Stinger where have you been my whole life?

So there you go, the SundayRunday that was so wrong for so many reason, but at the end of the day, went so right.  And today, I needed it to go right because my marathon training has not been as I had hoped and dreamed.  So new runners, don't despair or get too Type A if life happens - you can still oversleep, get in the wrong state of mind, try new things at the exact wrong time, and it can still all work out.

Today I'm linking up with a couple of my favorite bloggers for the Weekly Wrap.  Thanks to HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for hosting!

Have you ever done all the wrong things?
What is your favorite mid-run fuel?

18 comments:

  1. That's awesome that your long run went well even though you tried some new products! I use Honey Stinger products and they are awesome. If you're looking for another flavor for the chews I like fruit punch and pomegranate and for the gel I like vanilla and pomegranate.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation - I'm going to try some new flavors this weekend so I'll pick them up. I wish I had found these things earlier!

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  2. Hey you never know if something will or won't work unless you try it. I like the honey stinger waffles, but they are pretty wide and never fit right in a pocket. I can do chews when I am doing a long run and not worrying about time, but I would never take them in a race, as I think chewing takes too long opposed to just sucking down a GU.

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    1. The GU texture is so what gets me. I totally agree that gels are WAY faster, but just the idea of them makes me want to gag! The waffles are super delicious, but you're right, they don't fit anywhere very well. Maybe if they were in stick form rather than those big circles ...

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  3. Hey, sometimes things happen in an unexpected way! This training cycle I've been using new fuel for the first time both during my run and before my run...thankfully they both agree with me. I use the Honey Stinger chews and they work great, though some flavors are a little too sweet. Glad it all worked out for you!

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    1. I definitely should have tried experimenting before now, but better late than never :) I do like the Honey Stinger chews though. They don't get stuck in my teeth the way that some of the others do!

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  4. No way to know if something is going to work or not unless you give it a try in a long run right? I'm glad the honey stingers are working out for you. I do like the waffles and gels. The chews are harder for me to get down or ummm out of my teeth! I hear many people don't like the GU's because of the thickness. I actually do but I was curious why you said the HS ones were too thin.
    You sound like my husband, if he starts a movie he simply must finish it even if it means being late to something.... :( I'm so very glad you joined us for Weekly wrap Lindsay!

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    1. Thanks so much for hosting! I'm not sure that the Honey Stingers were too thin, it's just that weird between a liquid and a solid for me. That gelatinous form for some reason gives me the heebie jeebies. Even as a kid, I never like jams or jellies either so maybe it's that entire food group :) And yes, you're right, I do have to finish movies once I start! I can't help it!

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  5. What an interesting day you had! I like Jelly Belly Sports beans, especially the flavors (I think there are 3) that have caffeine in them. However, I am trying to get off sugar and have switched to Generation Ucan that is a whole different approach to nutrition based on simple starch rather than glucose. It takes some time to get your body adjusted to it as it causes you to access your fat stores (gotta love that) rather than your glycogen stores so, in theory you can go much longer with out crashing , , , if you time it right. Meb uses UCan now so there has to be something to the science. Take a look, see what you think. Probably too late for your marathon but perhaps afterwards it could be a solid approach to ending our reliance on sugars at the end of our long races.

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    1. I've heard great things about Ucan (I think they also have bars or chews) - I'll definitely have to give it a try. I have also heard great things about Tailwind (provides the same nutrition of something like Nuun and gels), which I'm going to try. The tough part always is that for long races or travel races, I would hate to bring fluids that I would have to carry so gels/chews are an appealing choice. You're right though, if Meb is a fan, there has to be something to it!

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  6. Welcome to the Weekly Wrap! I've heard a lot of great things about Oak Barrel! I'm glad you were able to get in. I don't see how anyone chews anything while running. I'm in awe! I can't do it! I should know this, but what marathon are you running in two weeks? Are you still contemplating Disney? ;) Hope to see you here again next week!

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    1. Thanks! I'm running New York in a couple weeks (yikes)! I have to tell you that I actually thought of you during my run! While I was running, I thought of your post about how you did marathon training this time around and kept asking myself if I could sing the Brady Bunch song :) That sure helped me keep the right pace so that I had the right energy for 16 miles. Thanks for sharing that tip coach!

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  7. Glad none of your new foods caused GI issues. Have you seen the gingerbread Honeystinger waffles? Just like a gingerbread cookie! I like chews more than gels. I just can't deal with gels.

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    1. I did see that! I'm going to have to try that one because I love the idea of it being like a gingerbread cookie - thanks for the recommendation!

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  8. Oh yes, that Everest movie. It definitely draws you in...and not in a good way. If it makes you feel better, I've procrastinated until hungry again as well. I've not tried HS gels but I like the chews. During a marathon in those last few miles I seem to let them sort of dessicate in my cheek because I'm too dazed/catatonic to chew them.

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    1. That does make me feel just a little better :) And I have to tell you that you're the one that inspired me to try some different fueling options! You commented at one point that you were surprised I just used Nuun and you really got me thinking! I do have to say that I like the chews a whole lot better. I think I'll definitely pick up some more for the marathon. And your dazed/catatonic comment cracks me up - those last few miles are a complete daze for me, too!

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  9. I fuel with Tailwind before and during my run. It's a liquid fuel you drink. Nuun is just electrolytes. Tailwind is a complete fuel and no gut bombs. It was developed for ultramarathoners. If you want me to send you some, let me know (PM me!) I have a ton of samples--I'm an ambassador.

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    1. I've been hearing some great things about Tailwind - my local Fleet Feet highly recommended it to me (I just didn't want to try it for this marathon because I didn't know how to carry it. I'll definitely PM you for some samples if it's not too much trouble. Would love any tips and tricks you have for it as well (i.e. when looking at the packaging, I couldn't really tell how much to mix with water). You're the best!

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