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Only 12 today (:

Sunday, May 06, 2012

I never thought I'd be saying I *only* have to run 12 miles; but that's where I've gotten in this journey of mine. I was excited today because I ONLY had to run 12!

The weather was less-than-perfect. Rain early this morning, and then drizzling throughout my time pounding the pavement. It was extremely humid, but the temps stayed in the upper 50s and low 60s so I didn't have to worry about heat.

I over-shot my distance a bit. I ended up running almost 13 miles in 2:07. I feel pretty good. I'm still struggling to find that balance for fueling. I'm using Gu and right now I'm taking one at about 3.5 miles in, and then at around 7.5-8 miles. Sometimes that seems perfect and there are other times where I feel like I'm hitting the wall and it's too late by that point. Today I felt like I was out of gas when I finished. I could attribute that to a lot of things, but I'm still trying to figure out that "magic" time to take the Gu.

Have any of the runners out there figured out a good way to do it? I'm open to suggestions!

Also for those runners out there who are covering double digit distances, are you counting your Gu, Shot Blocks, etc. in your food tracker?

Like I said, I am far from having all of this figured out!
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    Hi! I have been right where you are a few times! First off Congrats on your 16 miles! I remember the first time I ran 20 miles. I stopped in the street and did a happy dance! I pay close attention to eating power house foods the entire time I am marathon training. From the ground up, leave the processed stuff behind. My husband, a marathon runner since the 80"s swears by pasta loading the night before. Not gorging.. . loading! I never believed it until I started marathon training myself. I take Gu's every 4 miles. I also found that I have a hard time with my energy around the 15 or 16 miles. I cut up a marathon bar into pieces and fuel with that over the next 10 miles along with a few gu's. It's not the time to worry about calories . I have tried peanut butter sandwiches, fig bars, homemade rice egg bars (Lance Armstrong), They are all messy to carry with you on a long run unless you have someone sagging for you. I really want to encourage you to talk positively to yourself the entire time in training. It is easy for self doubt to creep in as the miles add up. It starts with training not only your body but your mind! I have found that the mind is more difficult to train than the body. Run how you feel too. Listen to your body. And know that you can do it. The marathon is so very very different than the half! The half is really fun. The Marathon is fun too but in a different way and the training can be grueling. I love marathon training.... I am proud of you for challenging yourself! Keep it going... Run on and run happy!! I am not currently training for a marathon but am thinking about it in the fall again... just have to work out all the time involved in training. Currently I am training and participating in Triathlons! The cross training has done wonders for my hips and soul!! emoticon Dana
    2197 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    I do track my Gu and any other workout supplements I take.
    And I find that what I ate the day previously and right before my run affects me greatly. For example, I am extremely sluggish the day after I've eaten a lot of pasta and/or bread. It just zaps my energy completely. No amount of Gu during the run will help!
    2202 days ago
    I envy you! I wish I could run. period. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep going! I miss the wind in my face, the ache of shin-splints, (well ok maybe not..lol), but the feeling of being free when ya run. Jean
    2204 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so happy for you. Great job.

    2204 days ago
    I would love to be able to run 12 miles. LOL.
    2204 days ago
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