One of the things we tell our kids in See-Us Run Des Moines is that the long runs leading up to the race are running practice (obviously) but also practice for what to eat (or what not to eat) the night before and the morning of the big day.
Today, friends, I learned what not to eat.
The morning started out well: I woke up around 8:30 (because I went to sleep way past my bedtime), ate a banana, lounged around a bit, cooked breakfast (eggs and berries), and got ready to run.
I ate probably an hour before I actually started running, which was a good thing in this whole equation. After eating, I messed around on the computer for a bit, tried to find my water bottle belt thing (found the belt but no bottles), and used the restroom. When I say use the restroom, I really mean reenact the scene from Bridesmaids.
"Better now than before the run," I thought.
After that fun ended, I picked Cindy up, and we drove to the trailhead so that I wouldn't have to face the hill from hell yet again after a long run.
I was not super pumped to run, but I knew I had to knock out a solid ten miles in order to feel prepared for the half marathon that is coming up in two weeks. The first mile or so was great, as we chatted away while doing the Galloway Method (run three minutes, walk one minute). After that, though, I started to feel not so hot.
My tummy started to hurt like crazy, but it was a weird hurt for a middle of a run: it felt like I was going to throw up, not that I was going to bridesmaids in the middle of the trail. I was carrying a water bottle (since I couldn't find the little ones that go in my belt), so I took a few sips of that and kept on running.
I would say that Cindy and I ran a good 2.5-3 miles, and then I told her that I pretty much just needed to walk. So, that's what we did.
We ended up getting in a 6.25 miles at a 14-minute-per-mile pace, which is actually not too shabby. It definitely wasn't the rockstar ten-miler that I was hoping for, though.
Next weekend, I suppose.
I desperately need to figure out what the heck to eat prior to a long run, though. I think next week I'm going to try a banana with almond butter. That way I'm not too full (like I was today), and it's a good mix of carbs, proteins, and fats to give me energy throughout the run. (I will also eat my baby food pouches and fruit snacks as fuel throughout the run.)
I also need to figure out hydration better. While I feel like I've been drinking water like it's going out of style, my pee is still dark yellow, so I'm obviously not as hydrated as I should be. I could definitely tell that while I was out on the trail today in the heat and humidity.
Water will be the theme of this week, I suppose.
When I first woke up, I scarfed down a banana. Pictured above, however, was my real breakfast: blueberry eggs with a side of blackberries and strawberries. I also used my bunny mug for coffee this morning because, well, Easter.
Lunch: I didn't really eat lunch but rather drank approximately 18,000 gallons of water and literally ate salt straight from the canister (per Mom's recommendation to replenish electrolytes).
My Easter dinner consisted of three Whole30-compliant hot dogs, sauteed mushrooms and onions (holy yum), and mango slices.
And yes, I ate three hot dogs. Don't judge me.
How did you spend this beautiful Sunday?