It’s no secret that I love running. I love the challenge of it, the feeling I get when I’m out on a beautiful day enjoying all the scenery around me and even though I tend to bonk out during races, I love having a goal to work towards.
And speaking of bonking during races…that is one of my most epic fails when it comes to racing. Something always go south on me during a race. Whether it’s the nerves, starting too fast or what, it’s always been an issue (I’m still feeling the pain of my near epic bonk at mile 11 during last fall’s half marathon).
I’ve been listening to some podcasts over the last few weeks on my runs to take some of the monotany out of my outdated playlist and I think I’ve finally figured out my issue when it comes to my races:
Yep…simple as that. And to about 95% of you, probably really obvious too. What can I say, sometimes I like to follow the pack, not lead it.
Normally, during a training run, I bring Nuun with me and some energy chews (we’re talking runs that are about 6 or more miles. Shorter than that, I’ll go without unless it’s hot out in which case I bring water and/or Nuun with me). It serves me well and I feel fine after. So I’ve always done this during races and always struggled. I think that because I’m working harder, have more nerves, am more selective about what I eat before a race (because let’s face it, the port-a-potty doesn’t just appear the moment you have to go. And I don’t do bush squatting…too scared of misfiring. Yeah, I totally just went there), my body needs more fuel than I’m giving it.
So now that I think I’ve idenitifed one of the major issues around my long run blues, it’s time to come up with a solution for it. But I first want to hear from you! What types of energy have you tried on your runs? Gu’s, Chomps? Beans? Straight up candy? What works best for you? At this point, I’m willing to try anything, especially with Ragnar coming up next month! I don’t want to disappoint my teammates after all!