20 Mile Training Run #2

Ok, I take it back. Running a marathon IS a big deal. After 3.5 hours it starts to get spiritual. It probably would have been less tough if I had just rested yesterday, but I have no regrets. I broke up the run into several pieces in mind, from terrain to psychological, then near the end it seemed to dissolve into a moving dream. I wonder what my electroencephalogram looks like right now.


Feeling the Burn

Wow, running a marathon does not seem like that big of a deal now after climbing steep hills for 4 hours on a bicycle!



Easy 8

Today I have an easy 8 mile run to give my legs time to get solid. It's funny how what used to be a long run for me is now a short run.

"As you start your marathon (or half marathon) training, don't forget..."
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my goal that I forget to enjoy the training process, and the simple things, like forgetting to turn my stopwatch off at the end of a half-marathon.


20 Mile Club

Week 10: The 20 miles went well. It was a bit of an extra challenge because I have been sick all week. I figured, well I can stay home and cough my lungs out or get out on the trail and cough my lungs out, so I chose to maintain my long run. I had a little aromatherapy on the go by putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil on my sleeve and taking a whiff every now and then. It's a great pick me up. Early on I ran into some ladies in the middle of their tri and cheered them on. At mile 15 I could feel the soreness everywhere in my legs, but by mile 17 they were numb and tingly. My mantra was "think positive happy thoughts", then the endorphin factory would drop a supply load to the quads. Oh the quads. They are aching. I think rigor mortis is setting in. Two more 20-milers on the schedule this month, then the taper.

Getting Ready for 20-Miler!

Ultimate Direction Fuel Belt

20 mile kit:
20 oz water bottle (filled at 3 water stops)
4 Gu gels in gel flask w/water
Nuun electrolyte tablet for the last 5 miles

Post-run Fuel: 12oz. Accelerade


Homemade Energy Bars & Gels

Here is my favorite recipe for oatcakes, which you can modify to your taste to make some tasty energy bars:

Wild Oatcakes
1 cups of oats
1 cups quinoa
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of ground flaxseeds
1 cup of mix-ins (raisins, dried cranberries or other fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, peanut butter, etc.)
1 mashed apple and banana
1/4 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1/4 cup of hot water
If you like, you can add a scoop of protein powder.

Mix it all together, if you need more moisture, add a splash of soy or coconut milk. Roll into a log and cut into slices or spread out in a pan and cut into squares and bake at 350ยบ for 15 minutes or until golden. The flaxseeds eliminate the need to use oil or butter, and are high in fiber and omega 3s.

Now that I am doing longer runs, Instead of messing around with sticky gel packets I am using the gel flask. I just pour the gels in, mix with water and am good to go. Here is a recipe for energy gel that I found. The brown rice syrup is high in complex carbs.

DIY Energy Gel
50% Brown Rice Syrup
30% Honey
20% Blackstrap Molasses
1/8 tsp salt

I am also trying a new combo, adding maple syrup, which has more minerals than honey. The nutritional profile of honey varies on the types of flowers it is made from. Honey has a tiny bit of protein and antioxidants. You may also want to tweak the amount of salt more or less.

4oz Brown Rice Syrup
2oz Blackstrap Molasses
1oz Maple Syrup
1oz Honey
1/8 tsp salt

If the honey is too sweet for you try the Agave Nectar. Organic Athlete also has recipes of natural energy gels made with dates. YUM! (Video)


Taking a Moment

Marathon training is not an easy thing to do. I've never run over 18 miles before, and last week I felt closer to the wall. I had the energy and stamina, but my legs were ready to call it a day at mile 17. The burning desire to finish is there, which is good. I've passed a significant milestone in my training and I just wanted to acknowledge that as an important event...

...Because next week I'm doing 20 miles in one day!

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