Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Getting strategic

This is my fourth consecutive day without a run. It's probably the longest I've gone without running since recovering from pneumonia over a year ago. My knee has responded well to the icing and compression and is much improved today. If it wasn't so close to race day I would have tried an easy run this morning. I felt like I needed to do some type of workout when I got up so I did a series of core exercises that included push ups and sit-ups. I'm not sure how much benefit I got from all that but I did work up a sweat.

I'm thinking a lot right now about my strategy for hydration and nutrition during the race. I'll carry electrolyte drink in a hand bottle and also rely on the water stations to supplement my supply. I've used GU Espresso Love and Roctane gels and I like them both. Per discussions with friend FS, I'll plan to take one 30 minutes prior to the start, another at around 4 or 5 miles and the last one at the 10 mile mark. My friend and accomplished marathoner CMc stressed that I should start slow and work up my pace as I go. Sound advice on all counts.

2 comments:

  1. Good ideas on when to take the energy caps.

    Additionally, don't forget, if you have a sports bag make sure it is easily identifiable after the race. If I recall, they were under a tent pinned with your race #.

    Good Luck.

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  2. Thanks, that's good to know. I forgot that the race ends in a different spot than where we start. I'm going to stow my bag in my car if I'm able to park close enough to the starting line.

    Are you still planning to run it on Sunday? If so, no late parties on Saturday night this time!

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