Marathon Training Update: 20 miles, part deux

My blog has been SO boring lately. I promise there are a lot of things in the works, but trust me when I tell you that I am protecting you from an unnecessary amount of thoughts on running. It’s all I think about, but I know it’s not that interesting to most of you.

Here’s a brief recap for those of you who do care.

The second 20 was a bit harder than the first. I think , in general, my legs (and especially my ankles) are just more tired and sore than they were two weeks ago. I also ran this 20 slightly faster. We’re talking about the difference of seconds per mile, but I think it affected things. I ran the first six miles way too quickly, and I could definitely feel it in the second half of the run. (I was excited because I started the run feeling really good, which doesn’t always happen.)

Save it for race day, Justine.

Other than that, not much else changed. I recently purchased what will be my race day shoes, so I’ve been breaking those in. I also tried a new type of running fuel, these gummies called Sharkies. I liked them a lot, both for flavor and the little boost they have me, so hopefully I can find more to bring to Paris.

Eating while running is really the weirdest thing. I always want to explain to people that I’m running 20 miles; I’m not just incapable of going on a jog without snacks.

I still haven’t tried any of the goos or gels. Even thinking about that texture tickles my gag reflex, and the gummies have been working just fine for me.

Speaking of eating (and when am I not), I’ve also narrowed down the best pre-race meal for me: oatmeal with blueberries, agave, and chopped nuts with a coffee with soy milk and a glass of half G2/half water.

Not all mixed together…the oatmeal, the coffee, and the Gatorade/water mix.

So I’m thinking Gatorade is another thing I might have to smuggle in…I recall Joey and I having difficulty finding it when we had food poisoning on our honeymoon.

As for my post-race meal…um, how about everything?

Only two weeks until the race! Any last-minutes advice from runner friends?

(I promise the next post will have nothing to do with running.)

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9 thoughts on “Marathon Training Update: 20 miles, part deux

  1. I love these updates! 🙂 If you ever want to try a healthier alternative to Gatorade try Synergy’s Kombucha with Chia! http://synergydrinks.com/index.php/products#enlightened-synergy/enlightened-synergy-green-chia The texture IS WEIRD, but it’s easy to get used to. 🙂

    It’s actually a runners food! A couple of my runner friends started drinking it and they said that they had more energy for their run….it’s a little pricey though…$3-$4 a bottle. Either way, KEEP ON RUNNING! You really motivate me!

    • Haha thank you for enabling my running discussions 😉

      I’ve had a few different Kombucha drinks, but I’ve always been a bit squeamish about how the chia ones look (although I like chia seeds in everything else!). I’ll definitely have to try a bottle this Saturday before my last long run. Thanks for the tip!

  2. I can’t wait to eat EVERYTHING after the marathon. Everything! I’m still not sure what I’m going to eat beforehand…toast or bagel with peanut butter and banana is my go-to…perhaps I could bring a bagel from NYC?? Need to figure that out soon! Good luck with the last two weeks of tapering!!!

    • I feel like a good portion of my carry-on is going to be dedicated to post- and mid-run snacks. You should totally bring a bagel — nothing compares to a NYC bagel!

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