I actually can't believe I have a race in two days. I don't feel like it's really happening. I don't know why.
So with that being said, how am I doing on my race week plan?
This is going almost as planned, with the exception of adding an additional snack. Monday it was one of those Complete Cookies (which is actually more like a small meal) because otherwise I just was not fulfilled after lunch. Tuesday it was a banana in addition to the apple plus a couple of small red potatoes. Yesterday it was a second banana and a Grande Skinny Peppermint Mocha (decaf, sub coconut milk)... anyway, you get my point. I also ate all five servings of nuts I toted to work in three days. Oops. And while we're putting it all out there I ate a bowl of cereal plus two avocado-halves and two pieces of toast this morning. That's like three breakfasts. Whatever.
Also going almost as planned. Monday I did nothing, using the severe wind advisory as my excuse. Tuesday I did speedwork for 38 minutes. Yesterday I did an easy 35 minute run. I was going to choose between my Hokas and Montrails this week, but I decided after how great I felt doing the speedwork in my Hokas (surprisingly) to just run in the Hokas. Today I really need to get my dog out for a walk. Tomorrow I plan on doing nothing.
So how am I feeling?
Well, the Hokas give me mad blisters, which is sad because I was really hoping they were the real deal. I am going to have to tape up my first, second and fourth toes, as well as some tape on in the inside of my right foot. I have never had a shoe rub there, and I really think I bought the right size, but they are just too narrow. Injinjis help some, but my fourth toe rubs the top of the shoe. Sounds like they are too small, but I still contend I bought the right size.
My period also is decidedly going to start either race morning or in the middle of the night before. I plan to eventually do an entire post on menstrual cycles and running complete with data, so you can stay tuned for that. In short, it would be better to start the day of than the day after, as I will actually be able to run faster. However, I will also have to consume a lot of Advil in 24 hours and that's unhealthy for running so I hear, though I planned to take one dose in the event of ankle soreness. Also, starting your period the morning of a long-ish trail race is just defeating, not to mention logistically challenging.
I am trying to drink a lot of water in order to avoid drinking a lot of water the day of. I think that's going pretty well. My diet has been pretty immaculate except for the three bites of bundt cake I just had this morning... though I have been eating more than usual. I think that's okay... PMS would have me eating more than usual anyway, so now I'm just considering it for a good cause. I haven't had candy or sweets except for that little bite this morning, so I really do think I have good control over my cravings right now!
Once I fuel for recovery on Saturday and Sunday I plan to take a few days off running and eating to try to get out of the "I need to eat a lot because I'm training" habit. It's a really bad habit to get into and I really think most runners need to be more conscious of it. But, before race day, fuel me up. I run WAY better after I pig out for a few days!
I need to think something out... Do I carb-load for a half marathon? I find myself saying no, but then again, it's a lot of elevation and will probably take me 50% longer than a road half. But it's not quite 4 hours like a marathon.
So for an ultra (let's just say 50k) I would definitely carb load. Can't hurt, right?, even though I would stay much more aerobic and be able to burn fat, I don't think there's anything wrong with doing it anyway. For a marathon, definitely. I don't think in a normal day I carry enough glycogen stores to run a marathon, so better fuel up. For a Sunday morning long run, no. I might have an extra banana the day before, but I wouldn't exchange nuts for a granola bar the day before a training run of any sort. For a half marathon, I don't really know. I would definitely be out of my aerobic state and burning carbohydrates, so in that case yes, and also because I want to limit the amount of fuel I would need on the course (more than one gel seems ridiculous). I could hit the wall after ten miles if I started out too fast and didn't have enough fuel. (Please, whoever may read this rambling, do not take my thought process as advice.)
With all that, I think I came to the conclusion that I will have some extra carbs tomorrow in place of nuts and the avocado (which I finished today anyway). It would be great to have enough energy to pick up the pace on the downhills and that's part of my race plan, right?
Tonight is no run, but some light foam rolling and stretching. I think it may have just hit me that I have a race!
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