I am pretty sure my entire family is grateful that my morning runs are cold now—> It means that I go straight in from my run to the shower rather than waiting a few hours to shower;)
The morning started off with 6 miles @ 8:27 average pace. I have some speed today and next Tuesday and that’s it before the marathon.
I need to start wearing long sleeves (even though I’ll keep forgetting) because I was frozen during this run. Right as we acclimate to warm weather running… it’s time to switch back!
While I was running the sky was blue, purple, pink and the moon was huge and shining (the picture does not show off how gorgeous it was). I kept thinking about how running gets us out to see stuff like this because if I wasn’t out running at this time I would have been snoozing. Seeing this scene yesterday gave me this overwhelming feeling of God’s love for me and I would have missed out on that if I hadn’t been outside running and seeing this. One of the many reasons we run, the things we see along the way.
Megan and I got together later on for cookies.
SÜSS cookies just opened up a new store in our area and Brooke invited some bloggers to come try them out. The cocamel cookie was unreal…. well, they all were. The lemon one has my mom’s name written all over it.
They shared their story of how they started the company and it was awesome. I love hearing how entrepreneurs start up some amazing things (this is why I love the podcast, How I Built This). She is a mom of three and passionate about connecting people with delicious cookies!
Picked up the Brookester from school.
And then we were off to Target to pick up a few more things for Knox’s bday tomorrow. Do you spy Skye’s crawling bruise…
The rest of our day was filled with homework, Andrew and I watching This Is Us and going to bed early… I did randomly find a pair of mittens to start wearing on my runs now wahoo. I didn’t think I had any so this was a nice find.
A friend of mine is running this marathon next June in Norway and she is trying to convince me to come do it with her:) I won’t be able to but also I don’t know if I could possibly RUN A MARATHON DURING THE NIGHT. Andrew said this is his dream marathon—> When he trained for marathons years ago he would start his long runs at 11 pm?!?
After a bunch of trial and a bunch more error, I have put together a nutrition game plan that works for me. Each of us is so different with this so that is why it is important to experiment each long run to see what makes your gut and body feel good and what does not! My plan might not work in the slightest for you but it is working for me so I’m going to stick closely to it for this marathon. I might figure out a plan for the next one that works even better but for now I’m happy with how I felt with this.
Here it is. Pretty simple.
I’ve always stayed away from a lot of fiber two days (and I’ve never had to stop during a marathon for the restroom this way) before the marathon and I’ll continue to do so! Here is what the day before the race will look like:
Eggs/cheese and a pancake for breakfast
3 large tortillas, a ton of shredded chicken and 1/2 an avocado for lunch (aka very simple tacos)
Pretzels and other easily digestible snack foods (crackers etc)
A bowl of spaghetti with a little bit of very simple red sauce (early dinner).
Bowl of cereal for dessert
I’ve found for me that getting the majority of my fat and protein early on in the day and then sticking to mostly carbohydrates in the evening is what makes my stomach happiest the next day for long runs. I’ve tried a combination of many different methods and this is what makes everything feel great for me!
Wake up—> 2 pieces of Grandma Sycamore bread with jam, banana and water. (325ish calories) This is about 2.5-3 hours before the start.
Drink UCAN as we get closer to the starting line (about an hour before race starts) 2ish scoops (200 calories).. mixed into about 32 ounces of water.
nanohydr8 right before I start (30 calories)
650ish calories before the marathon. I think many runners try to get in some protein and fat before a race but I’ve tried and it just doesn’t feel great or work great for me.
huma gel EVERY 5-6 miles. Every. 5-6. Miles. Even if I feel like I don’t need it or can wait, I can’t.
I’ll have some water bottles with me to drink from throughout the race (and throw them to Andrew when I’m finished with them) and I’ll switch off between water and Gatorade at each aid station.
I’ve also practiced taking a nanohydr8 while running at my marathon pace and it worked out well so I will probably take another at about mile 20.
Post race: The largest hamburger you’ve ever seen, an apple fritter and family size bag of candy corn. I haven’t really been eating any candy (besides things like chocolate covered almonds) in hopes it will help me on race day (my normal self loves to eat a lot of candy so I’ve switched to a bit more nutrient dense foods for the last month or two instead… and cookies;) but afterwards, I’ll be swimming in it. Andrew will have this at the finish line for me:
There you have it! I seriously cannot wait for race day and I really appreciate all of your support and I hope you know I am cheering you on in all that you are doing too!
I’d love to hear your nutrition plan for races!! What have you found to work for you… and not work for you?
Would a midnight marathon sound fun for you or absolutely terrible?
Seen anything really great while you are out running recently?
Dream post-race meal?