Marathon Meal and Training Plan
Clarksburg Country Run. This will be the longest run of my young career. Excited for many reasons. New routes are always fun. New medals are the best. Most importantly, all the training time and effort paid off.
This was taken around mile 17. Passing Jasmina on the inside lane. More like snailing by her. Dietmar in the orange shirt eventually passed us both up. Nice job Dietmar … 2:54 finish. The heat eventually got me and I had to do a combo walk/run to finish miles 18-19 — walked 5 minutes and ran the rest. This pattern allowed me an opportunity to “finish strong” (as strong as possible) to the finish line.
I downed 3 Clif Shot chocolates during the run and learned a valuable lesson for the upcoming first marathon. Don’t over-drink. At mile 13 on, I started rehydrating, but got silly with it. At each station, I was like a food/drink hoarder. At one point, I was holding 4 orange wedges and an open Clif Shot in my left hand and in my right, I had my water bottle and 2 Dixie cups of some type of red drink. I think this race was sponsored by Powerade.
TIP FOR LONG DISTANCE RUNNING
Bottom Line: Don’t over drink. I started feeling “sloshy” at each step and at the end of the race, I was totally nauseous and after I drove off and stopped at the local McDonalds for a much needed 7UP (aka the cure all), I vomited up all those orange wedges. Felt better, but I don’t want that again.
What to do: Drink a little and drink it throughout. Beat the thirst and give the body what it needs before it needs it.
Morning weight = 170.5 / after 20 mile run, eating lunch, and drinking my weight in 7UP, 166 lb
- 1:20pm (Meal 2a) – Immediate post race nutrition. 7UP at McDonalds. Needed something to help the nauseousness. Also, take two of these and call me in the morning.
- 2:39pm (Meal 3) – Post race carb up. Post race sugar up. Discovered 7UP is my celebratory Gatorade. Not feeling hungry, but ate like a bird.
- 6:30pm (Meal 5) – More carbs and deliciousness! About 6 hours removed from the race, now I’m hungry and craving soda. Already drank too much 7UP so I made a good decision and went with a Dr. Pepper.
- Clarksburg Country Run 20.22 mile run. 9:47 average pace. Burned 2594 calories. First mile 9:02. Last mile 10:19. Fastest mile 8:58.