5-18-19 Saturday: Light Gardening; Long Run Prep; 211.8 lbs.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
A Runner’s Tale; My Journey to Love Life, Lose Weight, and run an Ultra Marathon
I stuck to my plan and did light gardening for about 4 to 5 hours. I did manage quite a sweat but took rest and extra sitting to protect and rest my legs. I am really not tired which tells me I am in pretty good physical shape much better than I look I just have a beer gut. It is early evening and I have only ate very lightly today. A couple of mandarin oranges and grapes. I only drank water today which in years past I would be half tanked from seven to eight beers.
The Long Run
For those you don’t run long distance, the long run is the day we pick to extend are running distances. You usually go one to two miles past the previous weeks long run. In my case my long run target distance is 8 miles which is not really long, but you have start from somewhere. If things go well, next week’s long run would be 9 to 10 miles.
This whole week has been in prep for Sunday’s long run. For runners most of us have our own rituals. I start my prep the night before. I am a firm believer in carbo loading so I am picking up a whole grain pasta mean from Olive Garden and drink one Blue Moon
. After I am done eating that I will lay out my running clothes and vest and Vaseline. The Vaseline is needed on my boobs and between my legs for chafing. My running vest carriers two water bottles. One will be filled with straight water one with tailwind (a carbo energy powder). When I wake up I eat something light like a bagel and some yogurt and about 40 minutes later head out.
If all of this seems a bit extreme for a 8 mile run…..it is. This is really not for the 8 mile run, but for what we hope will be 5 weeks or so from now when the mileage is 15 miles and up. For these runs where you out in the elements for three to four hours, preparation is everything. When I start getting beyond a half marathon, the two bottles on my vest won’t be enough hydration, and the morning of while half asleep I will be driving and putting out one or two additional waters and Gatorades to provide additional fluids. Post run it also means I have some litter clean up I have to do. A final note, running races are rain or shine or cold or hot, Unless the weather is dangerous (thunderstorms) a runner needs to train any condition. If it rains on your long run day you should proceed and do it. It may be a miserable run, but on race day when its nasty cold and wet you will already know what to expect.
50 Miles or Bust!