Monday, June 30, 2008
Running on empty
Help!!!!! Are there any marathon runners reading this? I'm training for the Chicago Marathon, as I've mentioned. I did 14 miles on Sunday morning and it KICKED. MY. ASS. Now this is not my first marathon, mind you, but it was ten years ago that I last did it. So, yeah, I guess I can't expect it to be as easy, but I also didn't expect it to be this hard. I ran 12 a few weeks ago and that went well, and I fully expect some bad days, because that's just how it goes, but yesterday morning when I finished, I felt like I couldn't take another step. Then I napped most of the afternoon and I'm STILL tired today. Damn. I thought I was in good shape. If you ARE a runner, do you have any advice? What I'm thinking is that I need to work on how I'm drinking/eating while running, because the first 10 miles were actually fine. It's the last four that killed me. Maybe I need to eat more as I go (I've used Gu and Clif Shot Blocks)? Yesterday I had one Gu and some water at about 6 miles......and then that was it. Hmmm, now that I type that, I realize that's probably not enough, but when I was 32 (WAY BACK WHEN), I think I had one Gu for the whole fucking marathon. Although, I'll grant you that I had some Gatorade every third mile. Hmmmm. Anyway. If you have any thoughts, I'd be happy to hear them.