The whole idea behind races leading up to a race is to practice the things you will do before and during the race to see what works and what doesn't. Tomorrow is my half marathon leading up to the Lincoln Marathon on May 1.
The half marathon I picked is a trail race because, well, I just prefer trail races. The good news is this isn't a really hilly course and I should be able to run nearly the whole thing, so in that sense, it's similar to Lincoln because Lincoln has some hills. That makes my half good practice for running small elevation changes, which I would rather do than walk them.
Another thing I am practicing is not carrying hydration. If it's hot on May 1 in Lincoln, Nebraska, then I'm going to carry my own water. But if it's a cool, overcast day (like tomorrow) then I won't. I have been doing a lot of running without carrying my water bottle. In fact, I have done two 15+ milers without carrying my bottle and just drinking a little water at random fountains on my route. I decided it's worth whatever LA City water can possibly do to me to not carry a water bottle all the damn time.
For the longest time I would get really really nauseous if I didn't consume water on nearly every run, but lately I haven't had this issue.
I'm also practicing my morning routine because the only time I can really push myself to do it is if I HAVE to be somewhere. And let's face it, those Saturday morning long runs can totally be pushed to 8:30. In the morning I need to wake up with enough time to actually wake up. No one runs well less than an hour after climbing out of bed. Or they probably do, but I don't. I need to be up for a couple of hours. I also like to eat as early as possible and then eat something else before the race. I do this because I HATE getting hungry on a run. While it may do nothing for my energy level to be comfortably full, my morale believes otherwise.
I'm also going to practice my where-does-everything-go strategy. I have a Flip Belt which is awesome. But I don't like overflowing it because then it sticks out everywhere and I don't look as cute (truth). So I'm trying to decide what I REALLY need and only take those things. Chap stick. Gels. Phone. That's it! I enjoy carrying eye drops because I am always scared something will happen to my eye, but I think I'll just stick to taking that when it's windy :)
Ok, now to the best part. The Carb-loading. Well, this always sounds like fun, until you actually do it. And then you realize it actually sucks. Because you don't just get to eat a box of cookies and half a pizza. Today I attempted for everything I consumed to be a "carb." Here is what I ate in order-ish:
Smoothie (oats, almond milk, mango, peaches)
Pumpkin Spice Clif Bar
Chocolate chip bagel with strawberry jelly
Bowl of Flax Plus Flakes with almond milk (fave cereal)
2 Tim Tams (whoops)
Smoothie #2 (oats, almond milk, pineapple, ginger)
Cup of tart cherry juice
Plain bagel with crab apple jelly (holy crap this was good)
Cup of plain brown rice with some salt
This is a lot of food. I probably had about 400-too many calories. But I think if today was April 30, this would have made sense for keeping up with refueling from running more miles and then fueling to run 26.2 tomorrow (minus the Tim Tams).
Anyway, we're going to see how all that works out tomorrow. I know I won't get the full effect, but I should at least get half of the effect :)
<3 can't wait to kick some ass!
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