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Training: October 6, 2009 October 6, 2009

Posted by Richard Lowe in Training.
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Distance: 6.1 miles
Time: 56:24
Pace: 9:15

Oh boy, what a day. Felt terrible from the beginning, both mentally and physically. I took two days off from running*—something I won’t do again—and mentally wasn’t in it. Then, I didn’t rest long enough after my lunch at Chabuya with a friend and got cramps. So it was bad, all around.

I believe the issues are fixable, though. For one, I need to not take off two consecutive days from running and I’m even considering making Monday a short run day, say 2 or 3 miles, which leaves Friday as the only non-run day. Doing so, I think, will do wonders for me mentally on the days when I have to run longer. Physically, I obviously need to time my meals better and take into account what I eat at my meals. My favorite pre-run food of an apple with honey (and now a few nuts), can be eaten about an hour before a long run with no ill side effects, as I do on Saturdays with LA Roadrunners. But a giant Chabuya chashu rice bowl…? Well, I should wait at least 3-4 hours and today I waited only 2 hours.

Four weeks in and I’m still learning! But it’s fine. I enjoy finding new things about what my body can handle and taking notes and being diligent will definitely help me come marathon time.

brentwood_6 miles

*Sunday was a cross-training day, Monday was a non-run day.

Find my run log here.


1. yas - October 7, 2009

Yay, a fellow first-time marathoner! Mine is in March also, but I’m on the East Coast (:
Have you been experiencing any fatigue yet? I’m a little scared, because I’m not even into the double digits and I’m already feeling low on energy…

RJL - October 7, 2009

Where on the East Coast is your marathon? That’s very exciting that you’re a fellow first-time marathoner, too!

I haven’t experienced any major fatigue yet, luckily. I do get tired earlier at night, but not much during the day. I’ve also been eating like crazy, though, and if I get a little sluggish, I’ll eat something. How’s your eating schedule and diet?

There’s so much to learn about how to run a marathon it’s insane! Who knew it was more than just running a lot!

2. yas - October 7, 2009

I’m doing the National Marathon in Washington DC.

I definitely do think my tiredness may have something to do with nutrition… I’ve more or less been eating intuitively, and I’m usually craving carbs. I think I need to up my protein intake. Hopefully that will help.

I’m looking forward to reading your posts!

3. yas - October 7, 2009

P.S. I’m documenting my training too: http://prettylittlesteps.wordpress.com/

RJL - October 7, 2009

Hey, awesome! I’m going to add you to my Google Reader and Blogroll!

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