Happy Monday Everyone!!
I have been telling myself for weeks now that I owe you guys a post. This Family/Work/Running balance right now is taking a lot of planning so with all that, blogging is hit and miss lol.
Regardless, training is on point right now. Last two weeks have been 40 mile weeks and my legs feel great. Not to mention this past weekend was my first back to back weekend for this training cycle, so I dominated a 21 mile long run on Saturday morning (including the final mile in the 7 min/mile range) and then last night knocked out a smooth 5 mile recovery run. Legs were definitely tired from the 21 miles but I still felt super comfortable during those 5 miles. Legs are definitely getting acclimated to the increased mileage. This week is a bit of a recover/cut back week so I’m looking forward to the reduced activity. Maybe I’ll be able to throw up two posts this week lol.
Biggest take away from my training to this points….FUELING!!
As you may remember, the leader of my running group has been gracious enough to train me for my first 50K. Again I can’t stress enough how much of a blessing this has been. So he and I have had daily discussion about different things. At this point the overwhelmingly majority of our discussion has been around fueling. Two weeks ago I had a 15 mile long run and by the 10 mile mark I was gassed and sucking wind on sections of trail that I usually handle no problem. I had a PB&J sandwich for breakfast and that was it, epic fail. At the 11 mile mark I hammered 2 Cliff Gels and eureka I was feeling better about 15 minutes later. Total lack of calories that day.
Jump to this weekend, I took the time to plan out my fueling so that I could avoid the crash that I felt the week before. That morning for breakfast I had an apple, banana, and granola bar about 30 minutes before my run. I had made 2 whole PB&J sandwiches and cut them into tiny bite size portions so I could place in my pack and eat along the run. Mrs. Schlub and I also worked on homemade energy bites (oats, peanut butter, honey) to try during this run as well. Every 30 minutes I was popping a few of those in and washing them down with water. At the 18 mile mark I threw down a couple Cliff Gels just to help me finish things off strong. See what I mean….FUELING!!
Needless to say, things went better than expected this weekend. I felt strong the entire run and honestly felt like I had more gas in the tank and could have easily ran more miles. Unfortunately I had kids events early that morning so I had to head out after my 21 miles and couldn’t add miles.
Second take away from my training to this point….Get Em in When you Can!!
Miles are racking up at all different hours of the day lol. My running group calls them Vampire Miles because we are basically running all our miles in the dark with headlamps. For example, I started my long run this past Saturday at 2:30 am and finished by 6:30 am so that I could make it to kids sporting events. Then last night I had to finish my 5 miles around 10pm because we were busy all day with church events then getting kids ready for school on Monday.
Can’t complain, things are going good right now and if I want to be ready for 50k, I need to get the miles in however I can.
I hope everyone is doing well and I really plan to post a bit more, maybe I’ll start recording my blog posts during my runs since that is where a majority of my time is spent and I need things to take my mind off the suffering anyways lol.
Have a great Monday