Friday, September 19, 2008

Avoiding the BONK

Another week of plugging away at miles of running. This one will top off at 56 miles following tomorrows 26 miles and Sunday’s 6 mile recovery run. Still have three more peak weeks until I enter the beginning of a taper period leading to MMTR.

So tomorrow I will build off this challenge of fueling my body better and getting the needed calories in.

Water (60 oz.)
Cytomax (40 oz.)
Honey Stinger Gels (will take 1 every half hour)
Luna Bars (2)
Boiled Potatoes (4 small red potatoes with skin)
Stinger Energy Chews (1 pack)

I have mapped out 5 and 3 mile loops and will use my car as an aid station.

On another note….

My son (aka Coach Morgan) has joined me in a weight routine that we have now been doing together twice a week for 8 weeks. In the past, weight routines of any kind have always made my legs feel heavy and fatigued during runs. After doing this routine for several weeks I have begun to notice that my body is adapting to this workout and I feel stronger for them. Sometimes my legs feel heavy but more times than not they feel good. On Monday we are going to change the routine and tackle a new weight training plan for our next 8 weeks. Mostly I have enjoyed doing this with my youngest but I will also say that he is tuff on me and cuts me no slack. What a great Coach!



*aron* said...

good luck this weekend!!! sounds like you have a great plan. i hadn't heard of those stinger gels and chews and have been looking for some new energy stuff so i might have to try them out!

awesome job on the weight training too!

AddictedToEndorphins said...

I think you're my hero. You do 26 mile training runs!

Fun training with your son!:)

The Happy Runner said...

Wow, what a long run. I hope the fuel works well. I've never heard of having potatoes on a long run. V. interesting -- it makes sense since they are so easy to digest.

Have fun!

G-Man said...

I think you are making a wise decision to do weights. With age comes wisdom...and a loss of muscle and connective tissue. Lifting always makes my legs more tired for training, but if you stop lifting for a week or two before big events, your legs should have a renewed energy. It's one of those things where it seems to be slowing me down (training) when in reality, it's making me faster (racing).

Sounds like you are on track for a great event if you can get that nutrition thing figured out. And if you do...please call me and give me the secret ;-)


Erin Leigh said...

Thanks for stopping by!!

Holy mileage!! WTG. I am can't wait til I am even running half as far as you are now.

What does your leg routine entail?

Runner Mom said...

I'll miss you all tomorrow! Have fun and stay safe on the trails. Looking forward to next Saturday's race--woohoo!
Love ya,

Anonymous said...

Hope all the fueling goes well tomorrow. Have fun on the trails.

I think it is so cool that you have an activity that you and your son both enjoy. I also think it is cute that he cuts you no slack.

Dando said...

You are absolutely crazy but you are also my hero. I hope I can be like you one day! =) You are making my 14 mile attempt on Saturday look like a trip to the mailbox. Good luck this weekend!

Nick said...

Hope everything went well today.

I just got my Honey Stingers in the mail today. I'll post a review after my short run tomorrow.

Phil said...

It's great that you get a chance to exercise with your son ...

have fun on your run and best of luck with the nutrition change.

See Zanne Run said...

love the new header picture! also love those honey stingers ...

lord - a 26 mile training run. you go girl.

J~Mom said...

WOW your mileage just amazes me!! Great work!!

Marcy said...

You ARE a woman with a plan ;-) Ok tell me, what are s-caps?!? Salt capsules? Yes, I'm really that dumb LOL

Peter H said...

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