So my race is seven weeks away, it’s coming up crazy fast, and for the last four weeks I haven’t been able to run more than fifteen miles. It was the weirdest thing I would be just fine at mile fourteen and then mile fifteen would hit and then I would just bonk and have nothing left I would literally feel like I couldn’t take another step. It was really bringing me down, I was doing Whole 30 and I think that may have contributed to it, my body just really needs simple carbs to be able to run long.
I decided to switch some things up, I usually run with my camelbak and Honeystingers but the Honeystingers have been making my stomach cramp up a bit which would keep me from eating them throughout my run. Now I am trying dried fruit like: apricots, yogurt covered raisins, mango slice, and dried cranberries. I have been liking that a lot better. The only down side is that I have to chew a lot longer which isn’t very pleasant but my stomach agrees more with the dried fruit that with the Gels or the chews so I will keep experimenting with that.
This weekend I ran 18 miles and felt amazing, it was at a 11 minute mile pace which is slower than I have been doing but I just kept reminding myself that I just need to push past this 15 mile barrier and cover 18 miles no matter what pace I keep. I also threw some hills into the run so that I can push past being tired and make it up the hills. I think I would have averaged a 10 minute mile pace if it hadn’t of been for the four miles of up hill running, that really slowed me down and then I just kept a 10:40-10:50 minuted per mile pace for the rest of the run home.
I have also been having a lot of calf pain that I can’t seem to relieve I found a Groupon for my favorite yoga studio so I am going to buy a thirty day pass so that I can get back in the routine of deep stretching.
Happy Monday everyone!
What are some new thing’s that you are trying?
Anyone having a hard time with their long runs? What are you doing, or have done, to help with that?