Lately my typical run is either 8 or 9 miles. I very rarely do more than 10. On Sunday I decided to up the mileage so that I can see where I stand running 13.1 miles. My half marathon is a little over a month away so I doing a long distance is not going to hurt me training wise.
About an hour before I set out on my run I had a typical breakfast – oatmeal, egg whites, a banana, cinnamon, stevia, PB2 and Chocolate PB2.
I usually do not eat anything during a run but I bought a package of Shot Blocks to try out and see if eating 2 would actually make a difference. When I was at 10.1 miles I ate the two blocks and I did feel a bit more peppy. I looked at my Garmin and it said I was running a 7:58 minute mile. I was able to maintain a good speed for the rest of my run and I finished in 1 hour and 51 minutes. I would really like to shave a few minutes off for race day but I guess I will just have to wait and see. At least I have some numbers to play with. On race day I think that I will eat 3 blocks instead of 2 – I probably could have used the extra one. I wanted to start off with 2 seeing as I had never tried them before and I had no idea if they would upset my stomach.
I felt really good after my run. Honestly, I probably could have lasted for a few more miles.
I did end up having to close my eyes for a few minutes in the afternoon. It is funny how much more tired I get with the mileage increase.
I’ve been eating the typical “Sammie” foods:
plain yogurt, Weetabix, apple and sunflower seed butter
lettuce, apple, red pepper, tuna and cashews
And more salad:
lettuce, apple, chicken, swiss cheese and cashews
I’m really glad that I did a test run because I feel a lot more confident for the up coming race.