Andrew’s sister planned a Disneyland trip with her family and invited us! We jumped on board (Knox is with his mom on vacation and we miss him a lot)! I’ll read your comments today but I probably won’t have a chance to respond to many until Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. There will still be posts each day (along with a friend to friend this afternoon)! I hope your week is off to a great start and let’s start with a few random things!
*Frozen (from being in my pack while running) candy is even better than non-frozen candy.
*Another reason for you to come visit Utah at some point… we have a 17 mile long paved trail. They have a little vending machine area for all of the endurance athletes that use the trail and need some calories/electrolytes/goodness.
*One of the many reasons dogs are the best… they make you feel like a million bucks whenever you get home.
*Why not save a little pancake in your hair for later when you need a snack?
*I loved what Lora (she is awesome) shared with me the other day… try out futureme.org !
I’m learning a lot about how different ultra and marathon training are from one another! I’m sure I will continue to learn more and more about the differences because I am a beginner in this ultra world.
Both are hard, great, rewarding and addicting in their own ways. Here are some of the differences I have noticed so far:
*The meals I eat before my long runs. During marathon training my meal before the run consisted usually of UCAN, a huma gel and a banana or some bread. Before my long runs now… I’ll have a breakfast burrito, a sandwich or something more hearty. My stomach could not have handled this during marathon training before a run because my paces were a lot faster and I just couldn’t digest things very well but with ultra training my long runs are slower so I can take in a good amount of food before my run without any problems.
*Marathon training= I am pretty sure I always had a complete rest day the day after a long run but there may have been a few times that I had a 30-40 minute easy run the day after if I did my long run on a Friday. Getting out to go long the day after a long run takes a lot of mental games for me to get out the door but it is crazy how much it helps to reduce the soreness from the first long run/trails.
*I can run longer than a lot of electronics can last. During marathon training my electronics rarely turned off before I did (unless I didn’t charge them properly) but with ultra training I’m out there for much longer than I used to be and sometimes my electronics can’t keep up (this is why I got a new Garmin).
*Preparation for races and training runs are both necessary but so different. The gear I bring with me, the fuel I take in during the run, the amount of water I need to drink, the hydration pack and the extra clothing… I feel like I’m learning a new language.
*I’m not thinking about time, I’m thinking about survival ha. For so many years I have thought a lot of about time/splits/paces for pretty much each and every marathon I have done. I’ve always enjoyed that side of training but with ultra training that doesn’t exist for me which is also fun. We also stop and talk to people often during our training runs. During marathon training I rarely stop but on the trails we have been meeting some cool people and really cool dogs.
*I don’t listen to music on the trails but when I’m in marathon training I listen to music for all of the hard workouts. I either listen to nothing or a podcast with ultra training.
*I didn’t think it was possible but I’m hungrier with ultra training than I am marathon training. The day after the double long runs I don’t think it is actually possible for me to feel full. My mileage isn’t that much higher with ultra training (yet) vs marathon training but that back to back long run just makes me need all of the food.
*My feet are LESS trashed and my body hurts less with ultra training. Sure I get sore but I think slowing down and running often on softer surfaces has actually made my body less upset at me and my feet are happier too.
*Never ever have I had to think about CHANGING CLOTHES during a race but this is something I’m thinking about for our ultra depending on weather/sweat/chafing/etc! We are going to be out there for 12ish hours so our race day preparation is taking a lot more thought than my normal race day prep.
PS a similarity is that Andrew wears shorts no matter what distance he is training for.
*TMI—> I don’t feel like puking after these workouts like I did often during/after my marathon speed workouts. This last marathon training cycle really pushed me and there were so many times I thought I was going to lose my breakfast because I was pushing it to my limits. With ultra training I don’t ever feel like that but my endurance is DEFINITELY tested over and over again and I feel very tired at the end of my workouts.
And the beauty of running ANY AND ALL DISTANCES:
(Quote from this book… Reading this portion gave me all of the goosebumps).
I already know my future life dilemmas—> What do I train next for: a fast shorter distance, a half marathon, a marathon, an ultra, a pr, a crazy technical course and the list goes on and on and it’s going to be really hard to decide what to do because they are all so great.
When you are training for different race distances, what are some of the biggest differences that you notice?
Disneyland food fans—> What is one thing that we NEED to eat while we are here?
What is your current favorite pre-long run meal?
What was the best part of your weekend?
-Driving 9.5 hours with a 13 month old;) #worthit