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LA Roadrunners: October 3, 2009 October 3, 2009

Posted by Richard Lowe in LA Roadrunners.
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Distance: 8.2 miles
Time: 72:17
Pace: 8:49 mile

Early morning Saturdays are my friend. Yeah, right! This morning was the first time in four weeks that I thought: Okay, this is getting a little old. But, as is the name of this blog, I’m going full steam ahead and I must say waking up at 6am to run certainly beats running at 9am in 90 degree weather.

Santa Monica Blvd. at 6:30am.

Started the morning with an apple, honey, and some water, then headed out to pick up my friend Kekona. I had 8 miles on tap for today and wasn’t necessarily looking forward to it. I knew I could do it, I just didn’t want to. But, it certainly was going to be as beautiful a day as any to do 8 miles along the coast.

Gorgeous day.

The run went well and it was nice to set another personal best for distance. The trainers slowed down the pace to an aerobic pace becase they’re really emphasizing the importance of building a strong base. They also incorporated some hill work which made it more interesting than our normal runs. When running up a hill, form is important, and they taught us to pump our arms a little harder for momentum while also reducing our stride to save energy. By doing both of these, a runner will become more efficient on an incline. Runner’s World has a good article on how to tackle hills by foot.

After the hill workout, I was feeling great for most of the run, until around mile 6 when my recurring left hip problem came back. It started to tighten a little and I felt the pinching start to creep up. I did my best to do some impromptu massage during the run and that helped. I wasn’t going to let it stop me from finishing with my group, so even though it wasn’t disappearing completely, I mentally blocked it out. Then, around mile 7, my right thigh started to cramp a bit! I was like, “Oh great.” I was able to loosen it a bit by lengthening my stride and kicking my knee higher with each step. But again, I wasn’t going to let it stop me from finishing, and with a mile left, I just powered through. Luckily, when we finished, both ailments calmed down and with a little stretching and massage. I chalk it up to my body going, “What the heck are you doing to me?! Are you crazy?!”

We gathered around the lunch tables as we waited for another lecture, this time on nutrition. Banana madness was in full effect and a few Roadrunners started up some group stretching.

Weekly banana madness.

Group stretching!

Today’s lecture was on marathon nutrition. This, to me, is the most intriguing part of not just marathon training, but fitness in general. Proper nutrition is a science and I believe that many of us are unfortunately ill-informed on how to do it properly. Luckily, as a Roadrunner, we get this stuff for free!

We learned about the right balance of carbs, protein, and healthy fats and how each benefits the body. We learned about recovery eating and when’s the optimal time to eat after a run. (It’s 15 minutes, ideally.) We learned what not to eat and what’s the proper way to carbo-load. There was a lot of info thrown at us and I know there’s a lot more.

So, in the end, I was glad to have gotten up early and done another Saturday with the Roadrunners. We’ll see how I feel next week…

Find my run log here.


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