Wednesday, we had our longest run yet schedule for our Mini Marathon Training Program. A big 11 miler. For some reason, I was so nervous about this run. Typically, I am a morning runner/worker outer, and I am finding that when I schedule to run or workout for the evening I have all day to feel “nervous” about it.
Honestly, I know it is totally a mental thing, but sometimes I wonder if it effects how “good” or “bad” my workout is. Are there any other morning worker outers who feel a little anxiety to workout after a full day of work?
During this week’s 11 mile run, we planned to stop back at the water/refueling station after each set of around 4 miles. After the first 4 miles…I was ready to quit! My legs were tight, I was starting to feel shaky, it just wasn’t a good run. I sipped on some water, and I noticed that they had some Hammer Gels available for refueling since we were going to be running for more than an hour.
Typically, I stay away from the gels and gatorade, but I decided I would give it a try since I already was not feeling too hot. Within the first mile after taking the gel I instantly felt energized and better than I did when we first started the run! It was AMAZING and much needed.
I was able to finish the run strong, and lead the group through the rough 11 miles.
Thank goodness for the Hammer Gel!
I then came home, immediately ate a dinner of shrimp, asparagus, Ezekial Bread with peanut butter. It was delicious and much needed.
Brian then helped me put some Bengay on my calves and hamstrings and I was out like a light.
I woke up, and my legs were not sore, I felt well rested, and ready to go like any other day! Typically, I feel a little sluggish the day after, but I must have done something right this week!
Honestly, I cannot believe how well the gel worked, and now I think I need to do some experimenting for race day to see what kind works best for me! I would love some advice.