Maxing Out at 18 Miles for Marathons
1. Green Apple Gatorade - It tastes like the hard candies that I like.
2. Peanut Butter Chocolate Hammer gel
3. Root Beer Gu gel
4. Freekah - Use it like rice. High in protein, fiber and iron.
5. Bee pollen - I've only taken a small amount for one month and haven't noticed any extra energy, which is one of the reasons for taking it so I'm increasing the dose to 2 teaspoons today.
Have you tried any of these?
This Week's Exercise
Saturday: Rest day except for the usual daily dog walk
Sunday: Biked 50 min.
Monday: 12 mile progression run: 3 easy, 6 moderate to hard, 3 easy; back exercises (IRF, Kinetic Rev)
Tuesday: 8 miles easy
Wednesday: Biked 43 min.; body-weight exercises
Thursday: 18 miles; exercises like push-ups, squats and leg lifts
Friday: 7 miles easy, weights (video), back and balance exercises
Total Running Miles: 45
This Week's Long Run: 18 Miles on 2/18
4:30 am - Wake-up (without alarm), exercise a few minutes, make breakfast
5:00 am - Finished my coffee and oatmeal with toppings including bee pollen
7:00 am - Run 9 easy, then insert some hard 1/2, 3/4 and full miles, finish with 2 easy miles.
Because it was warmer today (70 degrees towards the finish, like the Olympic Marathon Trials that topped out at 73), my run took longer than usual. Halfway through, I noticed that I was dragging in the heat.
I drank green apple Gatorade and 2 gels: Root Beer and peanut butter chocolate. Total carbohydrates: 90, which is a little low on carbs since my run took 3 hours 20 minutes. I had more Gatorade with me for more carbs, but I couldn't drink more. I had to stop at the restroom twice and I usually don't stop at all. When I race, I'd better eat more gels so that I at least get in 30 grams per hour.
My 18th Marathon is Nearly Here!
Mostly, I've done 18 mile long runs every 9 days since building up my mileage after the September Flagstaff 55K race. Only time will tell if 18 miles is long enough. Here's what Matt Fitzgerald thinks about long runs in marathon training.
Only 2 weeks until I run my 18th marathon on March 5, The Woodlands Marathon. It's taper time!