As my training continues to pick up for my 2nd 50 mile race, there are little (but highly important!) things I keep being reminded of that somehow escaped my brain over the last 5 months while not in training. This past weekend I was especially reminded of a few of these habits and ideas that I relied upon so heavily during my first training cycle. So what is the best way to make myself remember and stick to them? Write them down!
Real Food for Fuel
Since my runs haven’t been “that” long yet (long being relative), I have just been sticking to my standard fuel of Shot Bloks, water and salt caps on my longer runs of the week. In addition to those basics, I need to make sure to get my body used to eating real food during the run again. This weekend’s race was a great intro back into it, but I need to start making sure to bring it with me as my runs get longer.
For my 1st 50 miler, I made sure to experiment with anything I could possibly think of that I might want on race day. I had no idea what my body might want come race day after 8 hours of running, so I wanted to make sure I exposed it to anything I could think of. This definitely paid off, because sure enough, race day came and my stomach didn’t want a lot of what I had been training with.
Going forward, I will start planning ahead and packing my PB sandwiches, Zbars, crackers, orange slices, or whatever I think sounds appetizing that day. It’s time to start practicing the very important fueling again!
Fuel for Tomorrow
It is really easy to head out for 12-14 miles and not think too much about it. Now that I have back to back long runs again, I have to remind myself that in addition to fueling for today, I am more importantly fueling for tomorrow.
When you get dehydrated or depleted in day one, day two really sucks. Entering day two with tired legs and body is hard enough, but when you are already in a dehydrated state from inadequate fueling the day before, it makes it even harder. I have been reminding myself to make sure to fuel today, so I will feel better tomorrow.
Speaking of Day two. It’s been about 5 months since I have been in heavy training with big back to back weekends and I have forgotten some of the little things that grew to be a given for me.
This weekend I was reminded that on day two, I always start off stiff and slow and it can take a good 8+ miles to warm up to where I feel decent. It’s great when that decent feeling arrives in a run, but I have to remind myself that the first part is hard and to not get frustrated. It’s all part of the training process!
It’s so fun to re-remember all these things as I get back into training. Although training for a race distance for the first time is always so much fun with the unknowns and excitement, it’s pretty fun this time around having some ideas of what to expect, and knowing areas of where I want to improve as well.