I just finished training and running my first ever 5k race this past week (seriously, how did I manage to skip that distance and go straight for the 10k, half marathon and relay races??). But soon, I’ll be undertaking some serious half marathon training thanks to a training plan provided to me by my half marathon guru, Janice. If you’ll remember from my first half marathon last year, I didn’t exactly train myself up. I don’t intend to go that route again this time (ha, ha! Route! Running…route? Yes?….ok nevermind).
One thing I both look forward to and dread all at the same time is the weekend long run. Love because I can run in the morning as hubby is home to mind the kidlets. Love because it’s time away from my kids and time all to myself. Love because I’m a nerd and love planning out running routes ahead of time. Dread because…well…long run….get it? I always have a bit of a tough time making sure I’m prepared as I set out for an hour or more on the pavement. I prefer to run with just my iPod and nothing else (though I really should invest in a sport ID). I know I’m not alone in that I have a pre-long run routine that I have to do in order to get out the door.
Here are some of the things I do (I also do many of these things before a race as well):
- Fuel with toast or half a bagel with nut butter, coffee and a glass of water.
-Poop. Yes, I said poop on my big girl blog. Trust me. If you don’t visit what I affectionately refer to as the Thunder Box before a long run, especially first thing in the morning, the run ain’t gonna go as planned. At least it doesn’t for me. Added info is that the coffee helps…uh…move stuff along.
-Charge up the Garmin and iPod the night before with play list or podcast ready to go. With 2 little kids at home, I have to be quick to get out the door or run the risk of not getting out at all.
-Check the weather. Especially important in summer and the dead of winter when you want to ensure you’re dressed properly for the conditions.
-Running route established the night before (giddily, I might add).
Next week, I’ll feature some other tips and suggestions from some very awesome FitFluential Runners on how they prepare themselves for those high mileage runs.