Hey there Internet friends and family. I don’t have much to talk about right now, but I just ate a big meal and I have to let that settle before I head out for my workout. Gonna roll a 20miler with some fartlek thrown in here and there. Gotta work on fueling and hydration protocol on this run, should be fun.
In my personal opinion the biggest thing that separates the marathon from all other races is the need for a proper fueling and nutritional plan. It is also the element of training that I feel people don’t take seriously enough. Folks, if you are gonna race a marathon ya gotta have a fuel plan! If ya don’t have a fueling plan you are gonna have a bad time (pun intended)
The body is capable of storing enough glycogen and such to get ya through a 10km or a half, but when it comes to a marathon you have to take in some carbs along the way. Otherwise you are gonna bonk, I’ve bonked before…a few times…it is friggen miserable. People are always complaining that gels taste gross, or they don’t like the texture. They use that as an excuse not to take them. That is stupid. Stop being such a baby. You know what tastes grosser than a gel? Failure. And if you think that you’re gonna get through a marathon without a gel then that is exactly what you are gonna experience, big fat failure.
Then there is hydration. Sometimes people think hydration and fueling are the same thing, they are not. Gotta separate those two things. Hydration needs will change based on sweat rate and specific race day temps. You don’t need to hydrate as much on a cold day as you would on a hot day.
I am a big time sweater, it can be quite gross. The other day it was pretty warm and I was doing a long tempo. By the end of that run I looked like I had just jumped in the ocean. I was hauling ass around the seawall splashing unsuspecting tourists with stinky, salty rob sweat. it was gross. I have been known to sweat out over 10lbs of water during long efforts on hot days. Based on my heavy sweat rate I gotta practice taking in lots of water during runs. There is potential for it to be quite hot in Moscow, gotta get used to chugging the water at race pace.
So anyways, my point here is that during your marathon build you have to get in some specific runs in which you practice you fueling and hydration plans. Don’t wait until race day to try this out, because if ya do that than you are at risk of pooping your pants…and then bonking. The only thing worse than bonking is bonking with poopy pants.
Marathons man, they are hard. Let’s talk about some cooler stuff.
You know what is cool? Canada. Canada is cool. Happy belated Canada day to everyone out there, hope ya had a good one. My Canada day was pretty rad, started with a bunch of mile repeats on a track, ended with a few beers with close friends. Running, beer and friends that’s good stuff, freedom is a special thing. Those Canada day beers will be the last beers I have until Aug 17th at around 6pm Moscow time, I gotta get after this training thing, big race coming up.
Oh yeah, and happy America day to all my American friends. I love America. I find it annoying when us Canadians feel the need to bash America, it happens a lot. Canadians love to rag on America. We rag on their guns, their fatness and their government stuff. Stop doing that, no country is perfect man. America is a pretty rad place.
To sum things up, practice your fueling and hydration. Canadian is great, and Americans are neat. Gonna go do this run now. Gonna be posting my training from here until world’s in the training section, check it here; http://leblogdurob.com/training-july-1-7th/
Peace out folks. Have a great weekend!