I’ve been slacking with my writing for the last month or so. Today, I’m commuting to work by train and thought I would work on a post. For the last five months, I’ve been training for my first half-marathon. It’s happening in less than 2 weeks so most of my focus has been on running when I’m not working or helping my daughter with homework. I’m stoked for this next challenge in my life!
A pastor at my church, who is also a runner, has given me some good advice for training and the actual day of the race. He recommended using GU, an energy gel packed with amino acids, 20 mg of caffeine and electrolytes. It works great! I had never heard of it before and did most of my runs without it. The first time I tried it I felt a big difference in my run. My legs felt stronger and capable of running longer. Amazing! There’s also another energy gel for athletes that I’ve tried by Clif. Loved that one, too! I’m planning on stuffing a couple GUs in my flip belt on race day. I’ll take one with water before the race and the second after 8 miles. They help so much as you’re sweating so much and need to replenish your electrolytes. The amino acids help with recovery after the race and of course, the caffeine helps with energy to keep you moving all the way to the finish line. Such a blessing that he told me about that!
I started watching videos on YouTube on tips for running, other forms of energy for your body on a long run and found some other great ideas as well. You know, those long, skinny tubes of honey people use in their tea? That’s another option and fits well in a flip belt. Saltine crackers was another idea and dried fruit. There’s so much great information there that I hadn’t thought of looking up until Pastor Scott told me about the GUs. I was just following the half-marathon training plan I signed up for on Runtopia.
For breakfast before the race, I’ve heard a couple pieces of toast with peanut butter and honey is a good option. What do you do if you have a gluten intolerance? I was thinking maybe celery with peanut butter & honey but that’s going to be a lot of celery! (Laughing) Do you have any other ideas for me for dinner the night before and breakfast the day of the race?
I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say in the comments section.