I always blog a lot less when I’m in between training cycles. I guess I just feel like there isn’t much exciting training to share, so why bother sharing anything? But I also know it’s helpful to share all the details of training – not just when things are going great or I’m logging 20 mile runs.
I’m still in the building stage from Boston. I’m up to about 45-50 miles/week and have been enjoying the fewer miles, shorter long runs and lazy mornings. But NYC is rapidly approaching and training will really start to pick up soon, so I’m trying to get back into routine of early morning running as well as core and strength work regularly.
I had been planning to run the Memorial Day 4 miler for months. After a few days off for my hamstring pain, I was ready to give Monday a go. But, my coach and I made the call Saturday afternoon to scrap the race. I felt no hamstring pain – and hadn’t for several days / runs. But there were points where it felt tight – and my gut was telling me not to chance things on a race that wasn’t even a goal race.
I was bummed to not race – mostly because I was looking forward to seeing so many local runners that I know – but it was the best decision for my long-term goals. So coach swapped out the race for a longish run (13 miles) – longest training run since Boston!
It was a really great run – lots of elevation gain and beginning to practice running in the higher heat and humidity. 13 miles in 1:40:28 – 7:43 pace. I started on the slower end and worked down as the run went on.
The run was a reminder to me that I need to figure out a better hydration plan for summer months. I can get away with little to no water for most of my training (long runs included) during the winter months, but it’s a whole ‘nother story during the warmer months.
Here’s what I struggle with: I really don’t like running with water in my hands – the constant sloshing is distracting and makes me feel off balance. I also really dislike hydration belts – I have tried no less than five and each one bounces and is just so uncomfortable.
But I also don’t want to leave water someplace and stop multiple times. I did this for years and felt that the constant stopping during long runs was hindering my long run endurance. Maybe it was a real thing. Maybe it was in my head. I would only stop for a minute or so each time – long enough to drink water, take a gel and drink some more water. But I don’t stop for water during a marathon so why was I doing it 2-3x during each long run?
This winter, I decided to minimize the stopping for water or fuel – I think I only stopped on two long runs the entire training cycle (and each run was only once). I got a lot of nonstop long runs in and felt that it made a difference come race day.
So in regards to hydration, I’m not sure what my options are. Years ago I trained with a camelbak (even ran a few races with it!) – and did okay with it – so I may return to that for my long runs. I would love any recommendations, however, on belts or bottles that are easy and comfortable to run with – maybe I’ll give them one more try!
Hope you had a good long weekend!
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