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my 11.5 miler

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Yesterday, it was my long run day; I am still running indoors on the treadmill because it is still too cold to run outside (too cold for wimpy me, that is). I was doing the Jeff Galloway week 7 day 4 which was to run 11 miles. I choose to do the 2:30 /1 ratio of run/walk. I did ok until mile 10 then I got hungry and it was a struggle to keep going. I think I need to work on finding out what will work the best for an energy boost.

Since the treadmill only goes for an hour, I took a small break after the first hour (similar to a water break). I ate a fig and part of a banana. Then got back to running for another hour. I managed to run 5 miles each of those hours, that was my goal. But I just wasn't able to keep the pace for that last mile.

I am satisfied that I kept the pace for the 10 miles because I wasn't sure that I would be able to keep it up as long as I did. I had a small moment of discouragement when I thought that if I had to go 13 miles then I would not beat my time from last year. I quickly dismissed that thought because I still have 8 weeks to train and that is plenty of time to improve.

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    Good job on the longer run. Refueling continually after an hour is important. I agree with Catherine - about 100 calories every 45 minutes is correct.
    1862 days ago
    You should be eating about 100 calories of carbs every 45 minutes on runs lasting more than an hour. Figs will work, but you need more than one. Ideally, however, you will be eating what you plan to eat during the race so that your system adjusts to it. Personally, eating every 4 miles works well for me. I use gels because that's what I use for races. Figs and bananas are too bulky to carry in sufficient quantities for me.
    1862 days ago
    Keep on going! I'm going to be getting longer and longer runs in over the next few months so hearing about yours gets me excited and mentally rev'd up for mine, thanks. You're right, you have plenty of time to improve, just give it your best every day.
    1873 days ago
  • CYND59
    That is awesome. I find it very hard to run long distances indoors on the treadmill.

    1873 days ago
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