Saturday, July 27, 2013
17 Mile Run on Empty
This week, I did that for my longest run of the week. I woke up, skipped breakfast and then I ran without anything but water. This was my longest run in which I hadn't eaten before starting my run or even during the run.
Since I didn't know how I'd feel on this run, I brought a couple of gels, just in case. By the time I got to my 5th mile, I felt a little hungry, but I didn't eat the gel I brought for an emergency and the feeling went away. When I finished, I was tired, but I was glad I had made it to 17 miles during this experiment. I ran the run at an easy pace - that's all I can do on a humid day during a long run right now! (More on fasted long runs by Greg McMillan.)
I came across an article about ice baths. I used to take ice baths after long runs, but I haven't for a long time - two years, maybe. I haven't noticed a difference and I certainly don't miss them. Of course, the fasted long run may go the way of the ice baths!
I didn't eat on my long run, but there's been lots of eating going on when I wasn't running. I baked some delicious baked potatoes faster than usual by cutting them in half after seeing this potato recipe. I baked some crispy kale chips, too. I sauteed yellow squash and now I have some zucchini to cook, too. Lots of good vegetable eating going on!