There are less than 4 weeks until my 50K! I ran 22 miles at Huntsville State Park in training for the Texas Trails Endurance 50K, which will be held at the park. Either because running on trails is easier on the body or because I've gradually worked up to this distance, I had hardly any post-run soreness.
3 Things To Try When Training for a Marathon or an Ultra
1. Carbohydrate Loading
I carbohydrate-loaded. There are different ways to load, but the day before my run, I ate 7 grams of carbohydrates for every kilogram of body weight. That's two times the carbohydrates I normally eat! I didn't feel any different than usual and I don't know if it helped. Have you tried carbohydrate-loading?
2. Practice with the Race-provided Food and Drink
I filled a 70 ounce Camelbak hydration pack with food that they might have at the race. I ate two Hammer gels, 1/2 banana, a honey sandwich (even though peanut butter and jelly is more likely) and peanut M&M's. It was all good. What are your favorite aid station foods?
3. Run on the Race Course or Similar Terrain
It was good to get in some miles running on root-filled trails, on sand, on hills and on a gravel road. You can't always run on the race route, but I'm glad I did because now there's less chance of making a wrong turn like I did at the 50K I ran at this park and more chance of a good race like the half marathon I ran there at the park. Have you run a trail race before?
Seen on My Run
- 4 runners: I met another runner who is running the 50K.
- 2 deer: I had to wave my arms to get one to move off of the trail.
- 0 alligators! They live there!