“On longer workouts of one or more hours, snacking can mean the difference between finishing and being finished.” – RunningCoach.com
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read advice/warnings to that effect. True, there was a time lo those many years ago, when I trained for my first half marathon without understanding how crucial fueling for a long run could be. But I’ve since gotten a clue, and have been diligent about packing commercial gels, homemade chia goo, or even just Cheerios along for any run that will take me ~1.5 hours or more.
So did I employ all that wisdom on my Covered Bridges Half Marathon training week 5 or 6 LRs, both 12 milers? No, of course not, because then what would I blog about?
The week 5 LR started out at a disadvantage, thanks to me going on about 5 hours’ sleep and the after effects of, well, let’s say a little more wine than usual. I hadn’t been able to get to the store to buy gels, and thought, enh, how bad could it be? The answer was that my run-12-miles-to-Drew’s-house plan quickly became call-Tim-for-a-ride-after-10-miles reality. So you’d think I would have done something differently on the week 6 LR, but no, I only packed a single chia gel I found in the back of my freezer (realistically needed ~3 gels for the duration) and ended up taking a lot of walk breaks when I should have been cranking up the pace for a late-in-run progression session.
The training schedule lets me go one more weekend perpetuating this idiocy – I swapped out a LR to run the Cherry Blossom 5K for ALS over in NY instead. But when I gear up for the MLRs and LRs (all 9-14 miles) over the subsequent three weeks, my Sauconys won’t get two steps out of the house unless Gu and Honey Stingers are riding shotgun.
I am well on my way toward meeting my goal to raise at least $500 for Health Connections of the Upper Valley so I can run CBHM with their team. Any level of contribution you could make via my donation page to help me reach that fundraising finish line would be greatly appreciated!