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Marathon Training Week 5: Here We Go

Saturday, July 07, 2012

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    Way to go! Gives me hope that I can do it, too, and ideas for how to tackle those longer distances when I get to them. WOO HOO!
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    You are doing it
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    Your run was pretty much identical to mine as far as the mental aspect. It was an amazing day and let's hope for more to come. What gets me through sometimes is picturing the two of us coming to that final mile.2 at Air Force and finishing together...just like its supposed to be.

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    emoticon It's not at all uncommon for people to run faster at the lower intervals. And not really surprising if you think about how the intervals help. First, the walk break preserves (not restores) leg freshness. So taking them more frequently slows down the tiring of the legs. Fresher legs can maintain speed better. Second, the shorter run segment helps manage heart rate and core temps -- especially the latter.

    And since so much of running is mental, when you feel better while you run, the brain doesn't hold you back as much.
    PS If I could give you one more piece of advice: eat more while you run (and take the opportunity to test different fueling options during your long runs).

    On a 15 mile run, I would have eaten at least 2, probably 3 gels. In 26 miles, I eat 6. You need something your stomach (etc) can tolerate over the long haul. It's not that granola bars can't work, but you need much more than one and several will probably sit heavy in your stomach. They can't be digested fast enough to give you that continuous energy you need. So experiment.

    I usually eat one just before I start running, then one every 4 miles.
    2054 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/7/2012 11:21:04 AM
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