|Gels at Miles 4, 8, 12 &15 Plus Gatorade Between Gels|
Since running the Woodlands Half Marathon exactly one month ago, I have felt so slow, but not today. Why was today's 18 miler run at a faster pace, but more comfortable for me, than the long runs I've done in the last two weeks (16 and 17 miles runs)? Maybe it's because:
- The temperature stayed cool: about 60*. Humidity dropped from 92-82%. (But it was cool on my 17 mile run.)
- I'm farther away from the half marathon and my body has finally recovered.
- I took in more carbohydrates on my 18 miler: 4 Gu gels + 24 oz. Gatorade = 132 carbs. My 17 miler: 88 carbs. My 16 miler: 76 carbs. By drinking Gatorade in addition to eating gels, I easily added carbohydrates today.
It could be all three reasons, but I'm guessing that the carbohydrates are the answer. Or maybe it was just a good day.
What are you doing on your next vacation? My husband thinks it would be fun to go canyoneering and rappelling with Zion Adventures in Utah, but that scares me more than the idea of running an ultra! He tried to talk me into it by telling me about the guide who runs marathons. So sneaky of him!