Saturday I needed to run 13 miles for my marathon training. I can't believe this was the end of the first 8 weeks of my 18 week training plan!! I was a little nervous for my calves as even though they were feeling better, they were still sore the week before when I ran 12 miles on flat trails. This week, I was running the 13 with my normal marathon training group The Yankee Runners in a hilly neighborhood. But I got some compression sleeves to try for my calves and this was the first long run that I was going to wear them on.
With one mile left in my 13 miles, I realized my stomach felt completely empty! I'm usually really good with knowing what to eat before a run and I even had a gu with me during the run. But I think the extra hills in the trails and the choppy terrain really used up a lot of my energy! I've never had a completely empty stomach feeling on a long run before ever! I think I may need to bring 2 gu's or bring something else for energy during my long runs. Luckily there was a gatorade stop about .80 miles left in my run. I normally eat a half serving of oatmeal before the runs (a full serving during normal races because I have more time to digest it) and a banana. This morning, I only had the 1/2 serving of oatmeal. I didn't have any bananas. So I may need to try to eat a full serving of oatmeal and a banana and maybe even get up about 15 mins earlier just to have more time to digest it before running. What do you eat for energy during your long runs? I feel like I may be one of those people that can't chew well while running more than 16 miles, which is why I stick to gu's.
The good news: I did not have one ounce of pain in my calves after my long run! I have almost no doubt it has to be the compression sleeves! I mean, that is part of it. The other part is the fact that I got a few good stretches from the chiroprator for my calves which I've been doing. But even after my 6 mile run earlier that week, my calves felt a little tight. But they felt pretty great after the 13 miles! My legs were understandably tired but that was about all.
The other good news: I secretly love the hills! Don't tell anyone! Yes, my pace is slower when running the hills in those trails. Yes, I did stop and have to walk up them a few times. Yes, I felt like my lungs were going to burst and I might die! But I always love the feeling I get when I do something and finish and it was completely hard for me to do! (Side note: not to mention that I have a completely flat butt...and I think the hills are giving my completely flat butt a little something extra...just a little). lol
Hope you all have a wonderful week!