Kristen R: Training Week 3 and the Tools of the Trade

I think my new purple socks, courtesy of my mom and dad, helped my make my 9-miler so good. Plus, who wouldn't feel good running home to these two adorable faces?

I think my new purple socks, courtesy of my mom and dad, helped my make my 9-miler so good. Plus, who wouldn’t feel good running home to these two adorable faces?

Big breath in, now out — and relax. Week 3 has ended on a very — very — good note. I logged a solo 9-miler Saturday morning. Sadly, my running partner was on vacation and I was a bit nervous at tackling the miles without her. I’ve grown quite used to the conversation and mutual encouragement.

I plugged in my earphones and hit the neighborhood trails before 7 a.m. And then something happened: I ran and ran and ran — and my splits got a little faster. Yes, yes, I know I was supposed to take it easy, but it was just happening. I wasn’t trying to push the pace at all.

You know what I think? This whole “focused running/training” thing might be paying off.

Week 3? Pretty darn awesome. Here’s how things stand:

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I’m planning on a 10-miler next weekend and with double digits, comes the need to pack a few things with you on your run. My blogmate Claire, who is certainly not a newbie to running, but somewhat of a newbie to distance, was asking about what kind of stuff I take.

For me, my water bottle is a total crutch. I run with it no matter what distance I’m tackling — and I even carry it during races, regardless of aid stations. I just like to have water when and where I want it.  If I’m doing anything over eight or nine miles, I pack a GU or a few Shot Blok squares or Energy Chews. And, I have learned my lesson on more than one occasion when it comes to needing a Wet One. You just never know when your tummy will decide to revolt.

Water bottle with hand strap and pocket that can fit: one GU or baggie of Shot Blocks, plus a Wet One. I also always try to run with my iPhone, more so for emergencies than music, but the music's pretty darn important.

My long run necessities: Water bottle with hand strap and pocket that can fit: one GU or baggie of Shot Bloks, plus a Wet One. I also always try to run with my iPhone — above is the arm band I use. I take it more so for emergencies than music, but the music’s pretty darn important.

Here’s the kicker: If you have never tried GU, Shot Bloks, Sports Beans, or some other form of energy gel/gummie, you might have to experiment. Any a runner will tell you that certain ones don’t agree with their system — and that’s not something you want to experiment with on race day (hence the Wet One). Head to your local running store or Dick’s, and get one of each — then see how you do. I usually take one around mile six, but sometimes earlier if I feel like I’m bonking.

Just to give you a sense of texture, the gummie ones are like eating a gummie vitamin. The GUs, well, this is kind of yucky — but they just do me well (I get the ones with extra caffeine). One of my running buddies tried one for the first time recently (he started with vanilla; there are TONS of flavors), and described it as a mouthful of vanilla frosting.

Honestly, there’s something for everyone, but you are going to have to experiment here.

Sportsbeans. I'm not a Jelly Bean fan, so I've never tried them, but people who use them seem to like them.

Sportsbeans. I’m not a Jelly Bean fan, so I’ve never tried them, but people who use them seem to like them.

A lot of distance runners prefer these fuel belts. There's a couple of smaller water bottles, plus a pouch for GUs and a phone, keys, etc.

A lot of distance runners prefer these fuel belts. There’s a couple of smaller water bottles, plus a pouch for GUs and a phone, keys, etc.

That’s my two cents. I have probably left a few things off the list, so please, comments and suggestions are welcome. I know KHP will have some good advice on this topic.

How do you refuel mid-long run?

Running log below. Can I just tell you that after this Saturday’s long run, I’ll have (finally) crossed triple digits when it comes to my monthly total. Woo-hoo!

Gotta run!
Kristen R.

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KHP Art Below

KHP - First Day of School! Yes, I am trying to avoid boring you with my drawing progress.  I will be posting tomorrow and I am loving the drawing but it is slow even though I have been putting in some serious time.  I just don't want to rush:)

KHP – First Day of School! Yes, I am trying to avoid boring you with my drawing progress. I will be posting tomorrow and I am loving the drawing but it is slow even though I have been putting in some serious time. I just don’t want to rush:)

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About Kristen R.

Counting down to 40, while juggling motherhood, marriage, the corporate grind & middle-of-the-pack running. It's OK to point & laugh. http://mamaontherunblog.wordpress.com
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3 Responses to Kristen R: Training Week 3 and the Tools of the Trade

  1. wwwmama says:

    Wow, great info for me! I need a running partner. Sigh. I am going to try to find some of this stuff thus week. I need a running store. My ancient socks and gear are not cutting it anymore. I have a crazy case for my new iPhone that the Verizon guy put on for me and I can’t get off; otherwise I’d run with my phone too. As it is, it doesn’t fit in my arm band.

  2. khpixler says:

    I never bring Wet Ones, that is brilliant. How have I run for this long without them. LOL I am a big fan of the blocks and I use salt tabs on really long runs for me (like over 10 miles). I am a Camelback fan as I can put my phone, supplies and water in the same place. It seems to work better on my physique too. The ultra runners say to consume 300 calories an hour while running but I trying for 60-100. I am not killing it out there and I have plenty of fat to burn:)))

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