Friday, June 26, 2009

Gel, bar, ades and.....water?

So the Boilermaker 15k is coming up in two weeks, and I'm getting excited, it will be my third time running it. I did an 8 mile run on Monday, 7 on Wed and 3 yesterday. Have a 9 miler planned for tomorrow, so I think I'm in good shape. Still have my lingering fear of hills, I've got to get some more in but I'm really afraid of re-injuring my hamstring. I'm dreading the mile long hill at mile 6, but I think if I just take it slow I'll be okay.

After this 15K, I feel good about going for a half marathon, thinking of the Rochester Half this September. The only thing is, I'm not too sure how to go about training for it. I'll probably stick to three runs during the week, then a long one on the weekend. When I run in the afternoon, I have enough energy from lunch to power me through. If it's a morning run, I usually have coffee and something small to get me moving, including water and Powerade Zero. I think I need to dive into using Gu or Powerbars as I start pulling the longer training runs. Not sure how these affect your stomach, I hate getting side stitches, and usually do a good job of avoiding them. Plus do you suck them down in the middle of the workout, or before? A friend of mine has one of those belts that hold small bottles of water, so I think I'm going to invest in one of those as well. I'm really excited to have a new goal, and I think I can see a marathon somewhere in the hazy future. Baby steps.


Unknown said...

Hey, Molly...just registered for my 1st marathon...Fulton Century Marathon on 10/11. They also have a half, but if you get the half done in September you might just be ready for a full in October!!

For hydrating on long runs, I use a Fuelbelt...I don't love it, but it serves its purpose. I also use Gu Gels for runs over 90 min. I just suck it down about halfway through the run. I use only water...sports drinks tend to not agree with me. Good luck figuring it all out!

ShutUpandRun said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I usually go light on the eating b/c I have stomach trouble while running. I might have some light carbs before a long run, then I just do a sports drink during. I always have something small to eat with me on runs longer than ten miles, but sometimes don't end up eating. It's all just a matter of figuring what works for your body. Gels tend to mess with my stomach, but Cliff blocks are better.