Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Great 18 Mile Run

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!


24 comments:

  1. Glad to hear that you had a great run, wow 18 miles is very impressive! Sounds like your hubby wants to take you on a very active vacation. I'm all for activities, but I think a nice island getaway sounds good right about now! ;)

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    1. Speaking of island getaways - we had fun staying on an island in Belize on our last vacation. I loved running along the beach. I hope you have an island getaway soon!

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  2. Great job on the run, glad you are feeling great and had great weather for it!

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    1. Knowing that our weather may turn hot and humid at any time feels a little like walking on egg shells. Every pleasant day is such a gift!

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  3. Glad you had a great run. They are so important for reminding us why we love to run! Hope it continues for you!!

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    1. I love being outside and getting in my exercise, too. And when the run is more comfortable like it was today, it's like the cherry on top!

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  4. I highly recommend southern Utah and a trip to Zion and the other national parks. Great hiking, scenery, etc.

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    1. Some of my favorite memories are of hiking in Zion - Angel's Landing and the Narrows!

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  5. That is the question we all ask ourselves at one time or another, right? Why was A run better than B run? Or why did my 20 miler feel fantastic, but my 5 miler felt like a 26 miler?

    I think you're right though, a lot of times it's about the fueling. THat's what training runs are for right?

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    1. Exactly! With 52 days to go until the next marathon, I have enough time to try some new ideas in my training.

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  6. AWESOME run!! Don't you just love it when it all works out? good stuff!

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    1. I do! Now I'm also wondering if the cranberry bread and Gatorade that I had before my run had anything to do with my run. Questions, questions!

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  7. Wow for 18 miles! I went half that on Saturday and even that felt far to me.

    Personally I'd go for a more relaxing vacation but I'm kind of lazy like that!

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  8. Great job on your run! :)
    I've been thinking that during my long runs and races I'm not taking in enough carbs, either. That idea certainly has merit as to why you felt better today.

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  9. Glad to hear you had a great run! A drop in humidity makes a big difference for me - now that summer is fading here, running even 5k feels so much easier! Hope the rest of your marathon training follows the same trend.

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  10. Nothing like a good run to rebuild confidence! As for vacations, I like relaxing ones when I don't get a lot of them or time, and adventurous ones if I have time to get a relaxing one as well.

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  11. Good job on the run. Are you training for an upcoming marathon?
    Get excited! That Utah trip sounds fun :)

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    1. I'm 7 weeks out from my 14th marathon. Can't wait!

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  12. Nice long run. That vacation does sound like it would get your heart rate up! I have always wanted to go ziplining on a vacation. My next vacation is to run Boston in 11 days!

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    1. Oh, yeah, I think ziplining might be fun, too! Can't wait to hear about Boston!

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  13. I always notice a huge difference in my runs when temperatures get cooler and when I fuel properly. I bet a combination of all three reasons that you listed contributed to your great run. Congrats on your awesome long run! :)

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  14. Mint chocolate Gu?! I never knew it existed!! Now I gotta find me some... =) I had a bonky 19 miler last weekend (that you read on my blog) and I'm really thinking that I didn't take in enough water and MAYBE could have used another 1/2 of a Gu (I took a 1/2 every 5 miles I think)...so I'm going to take more water next time and see if that helps. It WAS 50* or so and SUNNY for that run and I'm used to running around 40 or lower (and usually overcast) so I'm sure that tripped things up as well. I'm PRAYING my 15 miler tomorrow is AWESOME! Great job on your run!

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    1. I think that eating and drinking more is a great idea.

      Mint chocolate Gu is my favorite flavor!

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  15. Sounds like a great run! It's so nice when everything falls into place.

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