For years I have been primarily concerned with my training and race day nutrition. I would concentrate on what I ate before a workout or race, during and also after. I knew that to perform at my best, I had to make sure to fuel appropriately. That is why I have been using Hammer Nutrition products for years. I use a number of their supplements–Premium Insurance Caps, Race Caps Supreme, Tissue rejuvenator and Hammer Whey daily, plus Endurolytes, gels, Heed and Perpetuem during training. Finally I follow my long training with Recoverite. A good combination for some great race results. HOWEVER, (and it’s a big however), although I eat pretty well on a daily basis, I never really made sure to eat whole healthy foods chock full of vitamins. I ate well, but not WELL ENOUGH for someone training for ultra-distance races. I should have been clued in when I started getting sick a few months ago, but I didn’t really think about the role of nutrition until I spoke with a friend of mine who is both an ultra-runner and a chemist (Thanks Janice!). She talked to me about including more vitamin rich food into my diet in the form of fruits, vegetables, and even wheat grass shots. Unfortunately, I learned this information too late…I stopped getting sick, but I got injured….really injured…I’m trying to keep reminding myself that I learn from every injury. And I’ve learned a lot from this one…
I’m not sure what the weather is like where you live, but ours is at the point of drastic fluctuations every day, every hour. What is a runner to wear? #runnerproblems. 😉
There are some great sources out there when you just can’t decide. Runners World has a “What To Wear” page that you can enter the conditions and they will give you some advice on appropriate attire.
As a parent, I have found that how and when I can exercise has changed over the years depending on the ages of my children. What I am able to do now, is very different than what I was able to do when my children were younger. Time available and what I’ll call ‘child neediness’ have influenced the type of exercise I could do and ability to train for races. In this blog, I’m going to review my exercise through the ages… my children’s ages!
We all know our long runs are supposed to be long and SLOW. Running slow will allow your body to build aerobic fintess, fat-burning capacity, and endurance. But, are you running slow enough? How slow is slow? Some sugget 30-60 seconds slower than your planned race pace. Or more specifically you can calculate running 50-75% of your latest 5K pace. Others go by heart rate and suggest you stay in zone 2 or 70% of your max heart rate, never enterting the “dead zone” 3.