For my looooong run of 13 miles, rounded up to 13.1 miles (I might as well run the whole 1/2 marathon to see where I am at), I broke out my “new” Camelbak. I say “new” because I actually bought this Camelbak from ebags last summer with the intent of using it for the Diva’s Half Marathon but that didn’t happen so I figured I could really use it for my long run today.
After I figured out how to fill it with water and get the water out (you have to lightly bite and drink), I tried it on for the first time making the necessary adjustments to make it as comfortable possible.
After I had the Camelbak well adjusted I headed out for my run.
At mile 7 I had a PowerBar energy gel and by mile 8 I felt sick, I actually thought I was going to throw up, I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to finish my run.
Gu energy gels are 100% better! Gu not only sits better in my stomach but it tastes better and texturally it is better too! This is why you always try out any refueling options prior to a race, you don’t want to have stomach issues during the actual race.
Notice my actual moving time of 1:57:45, well under my 2 hour goal. The reason for the difference in time and moving time was all the lights I had to stop for and the idiot drivers who have the need to get wherever they are going two seconds faster rather than obeying the law and yielding for a pedestrian. Based on this run I am pretty confident I will meet my goal on race day.
I learned three important things from this run today:
- I love my Camelbak for rehydration on long training runs, but not only does it make me sweat more, it is slightly bulky and really annoying so I think I will run my race without it. Granted this was the first time I wore and I plan on wearing it on my other training runs to see if I get used to it, but since the race provides water and Gatorade I think I am better off running without it.
- Wear short sleeves for temperatures over 50 degrees even if it feels cold when you start out, by the end of the first mile you will be hot.
- Clip and file your toenails prior to a long run. When I took my socks off I had 6 bloody toes and I am pretty sure my two baby toenails are going to fall off now.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche. This training did not kill me but did it make me stronger? I guess it did, it has renewed my confidence that I will be able to meet my goal time for my upcoming half marathon.
Taper starts this coming week and I am actually debating whether or not to run my scheduled 11 mile long run next week or decrease it to 8 or 9 miles. I’ve been reading research and there doesn’t seem to be any benefit to having a super long run 1 week prior to the race. I feel like I am ready so my thought are to run just 8 miles for my long run next week….we will see.
Do you run a really long run 1 week prior to a race? Do you feel it is beneficial or can you get away with a little less mileage 1 week before?