So, I last left you hanging after a discussion of my really crappy runs over the past few weeks.
Here is my nutrition solution:
1. Perpetuem -- a carb/protein mix designed for long endurance events (3+) hours, but that can be used for shorter stints as well
2. Hammer Gel (Rasberry-flavored) -- a gel that can be used to supply simple carbs
3. Water -- Way more!
So, I went and invested in 2 more Amphipod bottles, a small package of the Orange-Vanilla Perpetuem (wanted to make sure I liked the flavor), and 3 Hammer Gel packets. I left the house with 2 8 oz bottles of Perpetuem and 2 8 oz bottles of water.
I wasn't sure how often I should be consuming calories, and I didn't want to stress about timing my intake. So, I made a rule. I often put off taking in nutrition to help make a run feel shorter. For instance, I will tell myself, "I will eat this Hammer Gel when I get to the corner of 75th and Valmont." The idea being that it helps me break the run down into smaller chunks. My new rule was that any time I started to think that...I would eat/drink immediately (instead of waiting).
It worked really well! I felt great throughout my entire 18 mile run. The difference between my previous 2 weeks of runs and my 18-miler was like night and day. Bingo!
On Sunday, I went to the running store and bought some new shoes (same model, half size bigger to avoid any more badges), a jar of Perpetuem, and a few more Hammer Gels. I think I am going to get a bottle of gel and a small gel flask for my belt...but haven't decided yet. Here is a pic of my loot:
The problem is that these purchases put me up to about 450 bucks in the last two weeks. (I signed up for a marathon, a half marathon in Kansas, and a half marathon up a 14'er). Not good for the Net Worth!
Stay tuned this week for a training update, pics of the April Fool's joke that my students played on me, and a race report from the Olathe Half Marathon in Olathe, Kansas on April 10th.