I love Marathon Training.
I hate Marathon Training
My Long Run this week was horrible but that should come as no surprise. I had scheduled my run into my weekly agenda and it fell into the category of Something That I Have To Do Today. It wouldn’t have been too bad if I had set myself up for success but I chose to do everything wrong this week… inefficient fuel, inadequate sleep, lack of hydration. And worst of all I attended a HIIT session two days prior to the Long Run. My quads were screaming before I even put my running shoes on.
The weather was hot and I should have gone out early to avoid the midday heat but I dilly dallied around the house and didn’t get out until 9 am. The first couple of kilometers weren’t bad but then it went downhill. By the 6th kilometer I wanted to quit and the next couple of hours I was in mental battle with myself. The struggle was 90% mental and 10 % physical. When I started training for my marathon a friend advised me to Never Skip a Long Run. I wanted to abort this one but I was determined to finish it. If the struggle was physical I would have done the sensible thing and stop to avoid injury but it was mostly mental so i dug in my heels and kept going.
I saw a dead mouse, a dead mole, a dead frog, and 2 dead birds. I suspect that they might have all died of heat stroke and I feared that might be my fate too. Several times I stopped to rest under shady trees. Several times I stopped to walk. Three times I refilled my water bottles. It took me over four hours to finish. Four Freaking Hours! But.. I finished! Yay, me!
Prep: I set myself up for failure.
Fuel : Red Swedish Berries seem to be the best fuel for me. Unlike gels, they do not cause indigestion or cramps. Two candies every 45 minutes is about right.
Hydration: H-Two-Oh and Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator. I had the foresight to carry some $$$ with me to buy water if I couldn’t find any fountains. This probably saved my life as I ended up buying 2 bottles of water. I later found a fountain and filled up the third time. Sidenote: cold water causes stomach cramps.
Clothing : Purple shorts were a bad choice. Groin sweat looks like bladder leakage. It was so hot that I took my shirt off. If you hear reports of a big white whale near the Peticodiac River in downtown Moncton, that was just my bare belly. Running without a shirt is fabulous and I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks. ( I am sorry for scaring those children at the park though)
Anti chaff -2Toms Sport Shield for Her. I applied this everywhere ( and I mean Everywhere! ) Every pore in my body produced gallons of sweat but I had absolutely no chaffing or blistering. Win!
Pace – All over the place. I walked, I ran, I staggered, I shuffled. Most important.. I Finished.
Recovery : Epsom Salt Baths / Foam Roller / Stretching / Sex (not necessarily in that order) This is the second time that i have used Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator and I am surprised at how well it works. No muscle soreness the next day.! I am a firm believer in Active Recovery and I comfortably ran 2 miles the next day.
My Long Run was 2 days ago and i was feeling discouraged. Today in similar weather conditions I ran 11km at a steady pace without stopping once for a walk break. Today I feel empowered. I am going to rock that Marathon.
Next week training plan is 32k. and I am looking forward to crushing it. !