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