Saturday, March 31, 2012

50K in 2 Weeks


Here's what I ran this week:

Tuesday- 9 miles

Wednesday- 6 miles

Friday-20 miles. I carb-loaded for 3 days before the run, eating about 100g more carbohydrates than usual each day. I felt a little uncomfortable so I don't know if I will carb-load again in two weeks. Three hours before my 20 miler, I ate a couple of pancakes with syrup - more carbs, but they were good!

I ate a Powerbar gel at miles 5, 10 and 15. I had an S-cap (salt) at miles 10 and 17 and water @ miles 5, 10, 13, 15, 17 - I was thirsty after the salt or maybe it was the heat. At mile 12, I had a two mile (!) stomach cramp and wondered if it could be from taking the gel & salt together so I stopped doing that.

The temperature was 70-75 degrees and humid at the start. I felt good in the last miles - a plus on a warm day. Average pace: 9:30.

Saturday-10.5 miles. I ate Powerbar energy blasts today. They're sort of like gummy bear candy and I liked them. Only two weeks until the 50K race and I can't wait!


22 comments:

  1. I love those energy blasts! They are a lot like candy, I think my favorite are the lemon ones, or maybe the cola flavored.

    Great job with your run!

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    1. They taste like candy to me too! LOL yum.

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  2. Can't wait to hear all about your 50K!!! How tired are your legs when you head out for the 10 the day after a 20?

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    1. I wondered how I'd feel before I started doing 10's after long runs, too. No need to worry, though, my legs have been fine.

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  3. WOOT! So close! What a full week! Great work!

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    1. Thanks! I'm happy to be a couple of weeks from the 50K and feeling fine!

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  4. I have never really tried to carb load...I have to go with non-fiber carb if it's the day before, like sugar.

    That's a lot of miles in just a few days, Tina! Are you feeling ready?! Is there a taper?

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    1. Taper time kind of started this last week with fewer miles. It would have been better to have run longer miles, but I didn't have enough time between races - still, I think I'm ready!

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  5. The choice of energy snacks you have in the US is amazing! Here I need to dig in the internet to find them, specialized running shops usually only carry just one brand, and then one gel and one snack.
    Getting ready for my first 20K now! :D

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    1. I do have a lot of choices! I found a drink when I visited the UK last year - Lucozade. It's fun to try new foods - gives you something to look forward to on the run.

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  6. Great job with your training this week Tina! Good luck in the last 2 weeks before your race!

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  7. Nice job :) cant wait to hear about the big one!!

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  8. I look forward to hearing about it. I ran my first (and last) 50K on Saturday. :)

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  9. We can't wait for your 50k, either!!! :-) Steve really likes using the S! caps - it can be a little tricky timing the various supplementation during the long runs/races. Practice will make perfect!

    Thanks for the nice comment on our blog. I picked up a few tops from Skirt Sports recently, when they were having a half-off sale! They have some really cute prints!!!

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    1. I'll have to go browse the Skirt Sports website!

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  10. Great week of training!!

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  11. Figuring out nutrition for the really long runs in the heat can be tricky. Of course, you know I swear by pizza and powdered donuts!
    I also like Endurolyte tabs...salt and electrolytes.
    Sounds like you're ready for your 50K! Time to taper and rest up for your big race!

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  12. I just tried out your Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and it is AWESOME!!! I frequently have trouble with choc chip cookie recipes looking like cookies - not sure if it's the altitude or the baker..... :-) Anyway, they came out great! I added a few Heath chips and M & Ms, too. Thanks for sharing!

    Also, my sis sent me a book you might enjoy like I have: One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. It is faith based and is about naming and listing everything we are thankful for (and much more). She has a personable and very unique writing style. I think you might appreciate the book! :-)

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    1. I need to make chocolate chip cookies soon! Glad you liked them and thanks for the book rec!

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  13. can't wait to hear about your 50K! you are inspiring!!

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  14. Great running week!
    Good luck with your big race!

    ❀Barbara❀
    My Running Shortz

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