How did everyone’s first week of training go? Don’t worry too much if you got off to a slow start, there’s still time to get on track, but the sooner the better. Keep in mind that you will have a much better experience running whichever race you are training for, if you follow a plan and train well. Click here for last weeks post on what to do to get started and download the training schedule.
Speaking of the schedule, I didn’t follow it exactly. Personally I think an 8 mile long run the first week is overkill. My 8 mile run is usually 3 or 4 weeks into training. I start off with 5 or 6 miles for my long run x 2 weeks and increase 1 or 2 miles every 2 weeks or so depending on how I feel and my schedule. Be flexible but consistent…if that makes sense.
Okay, moving on to this weeks topic…
What should you be eating and when, can be overwhelming for new runners. It doesn’t need to be. I like to keep things simple.
30 -60 mins prior to a short (< 6 miles) run
1 – 2 hours prior to a long (≥ 6 miles) or intense run:
I run best with less in my stomach. It’s really all about trial and error. Find what works best for you and stick with it.
Short runs don’t require anything. If it’s hot out and you don’t mind carrying water then bring water. I don’t carry water unless I run more than 6 miles (4 miles if it’s hot). Click here to see which hydration pack I carry.
I prefer Cliff blocks because they are less messy but experiment with these early on so you know what you like and what works for you. It’s not a bad idea to try the brand that will be handed out at the race just in case you forget yours. (I always take at least one to save to try later during training)
**Always follow gels or blocks with water for best absorption…never with energy drinks or else sugar overload with wreak havoc with your intestines.**
Be careful not to overeat You may feel like you can eat a huge stack of pancakes ( and you deserve it, right?) but in reality you don’t need a huge meal. Eat something light then have a healthy balanced lunch later.
**It is recommended to eat some carbs and protein within 30 minutes after working out to fuel muscles.**
Rule of thumb for carbs is to divide your weight by 2. If you weigh 120 lbs then you need 60 grams of carbohydrates. For protein, at least 15 – 20 grams is needed.
I hope you found this information helpful. For any questions or comments feel free to leave me a message, I would love to hear from you!
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