Wanna know the really amazing thing about today's run? Other than the fact that it was ten freaking miles? I did not feel tired at the end!!! Well, (let's be real) maybe a little exhausted, but I definitely did not feel like I was going to pass out/fall off the treadmill/die like I have after some runs. This makes me SO happy because it means I've actually figured out fueling and pacing strategies that WORK for me!
I knew I would need plenty of energy throughout this run, so I had my usual pre-long run snack of gel & water about 20 minutes before leaving for the gym. During the run I sipped a water bottle of 1/2 powerade and 1/2 water. This was the first time I've tried that, and I was really happy with it. I felt hydrated throughout the run. I also had a second gel after 5 miles. All of that sat really well in my super sensitive tummy, which is a major celebration!
As far as pacing goes, I am ALWAYS slow. But I've been working on starting off even sloooower on the long runs, and increasing speed veeeery gradually. I'm running the race in 3/1 run/walk intervals, a strategy I started as I was recovering from my tibial stress fracture that I have really come to like. For me, it totally works. I have SO much energy at the end that the last few miles I can really kick up the pace. I did the 10th mile with no walk breaks, knowing that this was the time to use all of that stored up energy. And I felt great the entire run! (minus some pain in my knee the last mile...I'm not worried about it, though, because it stopped immediately when I slowed to a walk for cool down and is feeling fine now. Maybe my body was just was confused about the long distance I was suddenly expecting it to do!)
Besides pacing and fueling correctly, another thing I have learned while training for this race is the power of a positive attitude. While getting dressed and on my way to the gym this morning I listened to my favorite pump up songs on repeat. I talked the run up in my head, and reminded myself how I had dominated my 9 mile run last week. What's one more tiny little mile? I wrote my favorite mantra on my wrist:
|Trust the Process|