Weekend Pictures, Running Eats and Lessons From Marathon Training

  Sep 7, 2016  |  #Fitness

Hi there! Happy Wednesday!

Sorry for disappearing on you on Monday. I spent the long weekend in Charleston, soaking up some final beach weather and yummy eats, and I didn’t get around to finishing my most recent nutrition post! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.

Here are some pictures..

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Sorry for that sensory overload.

I figured it was time to check in with my marathon training. While I still have about 8 weeks left of training, I’m having fun learning more about myself, my preferences, and what is and isn’t working for me. And, why not share these wonderful thoughts and epiphanies with you all.

Well…I don’t hate running yet….Actually, this training cycle has been really fun. I think getting tired is natural with the higher distances, but I’m really enjoying it.

Cold bowls are my best friend

Smoothie bowls and ice cream are necessities right now. The body wants what the body wants. Cold and sweet.

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I have NUUN every day

Love these little guys and it’s so important to not just rehydrate with water! Electrolytes are essential (More info here).

And also, they have great flavors and sometimes water gets boringggg. We all know.

NUUN

Speedwork isn’t that bad

Actually, I look forward to my weekly speed sessions. While I didn’t love the week of 800’s, I’ve loved the tempos, negative splits, and pyramid workouts. I feel the benefits shortly after in my subsequent runs and feel I can keep a quicker pace without putting as much effort in. So far, my body has adjusted to speedwork pretty well.

speedwork, intervals

I’m loving the Mizuno Wave Riders

I’m set on buying a new pair before the race.

I can’t run on an empty stomach 

No way no how. If I’m running in the morning, I need at least an hour for a snack and some coffee. While I’ve read some of the research about being fat adapted for running longer distances, that’s not me right now. I need my carbs. My preference is actually not to run in the morning, but, I think I need to teach my body to do my longer runs in the morning to simulate race day.

coffee

I’m overly cautious with my fuel 

Knowing all I know about nutrition and the body, I’m extra cautious about making sure I’m fueling enough. I’ll always have some fuel in my Fitletic belt, even if I don’t use it. Lately, I’ve been loving huma gels. I also had success with yogurt covered raisins during a long run.

marathon training, huma gel

I did not have success with this date with peanut butter before a run. It gave me some bloating and cramps, but now is the time for me to figure these things out, far before the race.

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My glutes and hamstrings are constantly sore

Sorry to complain <— but so true. When you’re training, you’re always in recovery mode – from a long run or from speedwork. This also reminds me that I need to be more consistent with foam rolling.

I hate running in sleeves

They just get in the way. Tank tops all the way, baby.

Running

Speaking of clothes, I have considered bringing an extra pair of clothes during my long runs to change at the halfway point. I didn’t realize a person could sweat so much.

If I’m not working, I’m either eating or running. Or eating smoothie bowls.

smoothie bowl

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And, my favorite:

You can change your mindset.

I used to be psyched out at the idea of spending 2.5+ hours with my thoughts on a long run. It’s not that bad guys. I think it’s important to break through that mental mindset, and I feel like I’m on the edge of that point. Mind over matter, I suppose.

Thank you to the Running Coaches Corner hosts, Suz,  Rachel, Debbie, and Lora, and Wild Workout Wednesday, hosts AnnMarie, Nicole, Michelle, Jen

Did 26 miles seem less and less insurmountable the deeper into training you got?

Smoothie bowls or ice cream?

 

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48 responses to “Weekend Pictures, Running Eats and Lessons From Marathon Training

  1. It sounds like you’re doing so well in marathon training! I was very cautious about my fueling during my first marathon training but for my second I’m playing around with some no fuel runs. Figuring out what to eat before the run helped me so much on fueling! I usually crave salty foods during training but your photos are making me want some ice cream!

    1. I definitely think after I have my first one under my belt, I’ll feel more confident playing around some more. I am constantly hungry though, so still not sure I could do the no fuel runs. Although I’d be intrigued to test how it affects my performance.

  2. I think it is so amazing how you are able to keep such a healthy lifestyle! Training sounds like such a physical and mental hurdle but you seem to take it head on, I think it’s pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I’ll have to keep note next time so I can post the recipe. I think this was some spinach, frozen berries, milk, greek yogurt and chocolate protein powder, topped with figs, peaches, bananas and peanut butter!

  3. I love all of this! I’m training for my first marathon right now, so I can totally relate! I have heard about Nuun and how people love it but I haven’t tried it yet! My calves and shins are making me grumpy lately so I need to increase my foam rolling too! All of your food looks amazing…makes me want to take another trip to Charleston!

  4. Those smoothie bowls look sooo yummy! I love Huma Gels also, they are so good and don’t give me issues on a run.
    Marathon training is definitely a lot of trying out this and that, especially for your first 26.2. I tend to do well with a Vega bar before a long run and then gels/chews as well as a Bonk Breaker and possibly pretzels during the run. I need to carry more than just gels and chews as I tend to want something that seems more like food. Bonk Breaker bars are definitely good nutrition-wise too.
    As far as the miles go, you will get more comfortable with the really longer mileage the more you do it. It’s never “easy’ necessarily, but I’ve learned that it doesn’t seem as bad after you’ve done runs in the 20s a bit. For me, I run up to 26 miles in training which makes me more confident even after 5 marathons now. How far are you going in your training?

    1. I think I may get to that point where I can’t stomach gels any more once my runs get to 20 miles and above. So far, my longest has been 16 miles. Thank you so much for sharing, Shannon!

  5. I’m totally digging Huma as well. My friend doesn’t really like it. I like it better than any other gel because I don’t gag when I eat it! Other gels seem to thick for me to handle.

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