Here are a few things I've learned training for marathon number 3:
- I can't eat whatever I want after a long run. It is not helpful to replace a 1,500 calorie deficit with 5,000.
- I learned that I don't have to carb-load as much as I thought I needed to. Just adding a little more into my diet in the two days leading up to a long run will suffice.
- I still need to learn what's best to eat the morning before a long run. I find myself getting very hungry a little over half way into the run. When I get hungry during a run, I can't think of anything but food. A virtual reality smorgasbord exists until the end of the run.
- I'm learning to listen to my body. I know what the training plan says, but if my body says different, I listen to the latter. Today, for example, I should be running 3 or 4 miles but I am sooo tired from traveling this weekend and an exciting day at work. I plan to be in bed by 7 pm.
- The ice bath is my friend.
- The foam roller is
an evil b*tchmy friend.
- I need to get more sleep. My sleep has been abysmal lately and I know that it will affect my training. I have done a decent job of adjusting when I don't get enough sleep, but as the miles build up there won't be as much room for adjustments.
Other than a few minor tweaks, my training is going very well and I am excited about it.
I feel strong.
I feel powerful.
I feel fast.
I feel a major PR coming.
How is your fall race training going? What have you learned this time around?