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:
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.
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.
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!