Best long run ever and proper fueling.

Happy lazy Sunday afternoon everyone!

I’m very excited because I just finished the best long run of my life. Reason: no tummy troubles. Every run I’ve ever had over 10 miles includes a very uncomfortable gut during the second half of the run and after. I’m starting to experiment with new fueling options, and todays hydration/fuel really was spot on. Here’s what the run looked like at a glance:

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Sunday February 15, 2015

Time of day: 11:41 am

Distance: 11.01 miles on bike path

Time: 1:57:39

Pace: 10:41 (30 seconds per mile slower than my goal marathon pace.)

Shoes: Hoka Huaka (and CEP merino compression socks)

Temp: 45 F

Strength: x

Stretch: Yes

Foam Roll: Yes

Pre run food: Energy bites (2) and Ultima

During run food: 3 Margarita Shot Bloks every 45 minutes, 2 cups water with 1 packet total Ultima

Sleep: 7

Overall: Great! No trouble (small blisters).

I never knew just how key fueling is to our performance as runners. I’m learning that for my stomach, powerade and other sugary “fuel” drinks are a no. Drinks for me need to be strictly for hydration purposes. Ultima is an electrolyte replenisher and provides vitamins and minerals but no sugar or carbs. I’m using other sources for fuel instead, toying with Shot Bloks right now. Anything flavored like a margarita is a win in my book!

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The rest of the weekend has been a perfect mix of relaxing, productivity, and chocolate.Friday night I went to a wine and chocolate night at a local art museum. This museum displays beautiful art made by people with mental and physical disabilities. I was blown away by the talent and creativity displayed in so many different ways. Best part: there was a belly dancing show!

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I came home after work on Saturday to veggie-filled black bean soup made my thoughtful husband.

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You can find the recipe here.

Annnd a fancy chocolate treat for dessert. He said it’s supposed to be the best in the hills. 2 chocolates down, one to go, and I couldn’t agree more.

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After dinner, we decided to bite the bullet and go TV shopping. Sam and I have been going without TV for several months now, and it’s been awesome because it allows us to spend time talking, reading, cooking, and getting outside without the TV distracting us. Now, we’ve made good habits of activity, and are ready for some Netflix dates. 🙂 Love that he’s so handy! Cuz I have trouble unfolding a lawn chair.

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Also, you know you might have a problem when you’re making a second cup of coffee while finishing the first. Always be prepared.

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Now off to enjoy some recovery  Gilmore Girls time and make dinner!

Question:

What is your fueling plan for long runs? (Ultima and Shot Bloks)

How many miles did you run this weekend? (16 total, 5 and 11)

Have a great week everyone! Keep running!

Emily

Saturday run and the best Valentine

Happy Valentines Day! Sam and I are doing our V-day next Saturday night instead, due to work and schedule conflicts. What better way to start the day of love than with a run? Well, chocolate and sleeping in might be close, but I chose running. Here’s what it looked like:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Time of day: 6:50 am

Distance: 5.02 miles up and down

Time: 52:59

Pace: 10:33

Shoes: Hoka Huaka

Temp: 25 F

Strength: x

Stretch: Yes

Foam Roll: x

Pre run food: Gu tab. Bad side stitches.

Sleep: 7

Overall: 5- rough run with side stitches today; had to walk several times. But it was foggy and beautiful.

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Makes me want to listen to Foggy Day in Londontown. I think I shall do that now.

Happy Valentines Day!

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Emily

Thursday run and a great quote.

Mornin’ Ya’ll!

I’d like to start logging my miles on the blog rather than in my fancy running journal.

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Different types of runners choose to include different aspect of their runs in their blogs. I include things I think might be important to my performance or how I feel, such as weather or shoes. I usually make a note if i did hills. I add what I ate before my run (during the week this is almost always just green tea, but I make a point to have a light meal or snack before long runs. Basically, I’m sick of writing it down everyday because by hand is so old fashioned and I’m much cooler than that.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Time of day: 6:49 am

Distance: 3.01 miles up and down

Time: 29:48

Pace: 9:53

Shoes: Hoka Huaka

Temp: 39 F

Strength: x

Stretch: Yes

Foam Roll: Yes

Pre run food: Green tea

Sleep: 7 hours

Overall: 6- slower pace due to my arm, persistent side stitch. Maybe try no tea before running?

To all you other morning runners out there-

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Have a great weekend and happy running!

Emily