Last night we did hill repeats. 1 mile warm-up jog to the base of a hill. Then 10 repeats of about 250 Meters each. I forgot to time the first two but the remainder were like this:
Hill 3 - 1:20
Hill 4 - 1:17
Hill 5 - 1:16
Hill 6 - 1:16
Hill 7 - 1:15
Hill 8 - 1:17
Hill 9 - 1:15
then for the final one I decided I would go as hard as I could ...
Hill 10 - 1:10
You wouldn't think a measly 5 seconds would make much of a difference, but let me tell you ... I thought I was going to puke!
I was pleased to see that I mostly got progressively faster as they went on. Hills are something I need work on. They always slow me down alot in a race.
ON THE RUN FUEL
Lately I've begun experimenting with on the run fuel. My first venture included Cliff Shots Razz Energy Gel (disgusting!) and Luna Moons (not bad). For last weekends impromtu half marathon training distance I brought along full strength Gatorade instead of water. This actually went well. I have used powdered Gatorade before, mixed to be quite watery, but I didn't love it. The full strength pre-mixed Gatorade seemed to be good. Although, as I wasn't expecting my husband to run with me, we only had one 500mL bottle between the two of us and had to share. I think a whole bottle to myself would have been better. I had one Luna Moon left for each of us. It was nice to have, but not nearly enough. When I move up to longer runs I am going to need fuel.
I'm not a huge fan of commercial products (like the Gu's, Sport Beans, etc.) so would rather give more regular foods a shot. Pretzels and PB&J sandwiches are on my list of things to try. I read an article in this month's Running World that mentioned Dean Karnazes has ordered pizza enroute ... doesn't that sound enticing! I might even give it a try. Not a whole pizza mind you ... just a slice.
I'm struggling a bit with re-fueling after a long run. I didn't used to have any hunger after runs, but lately I've been a starving, tummy grumbling monster. Yet, I'm too tired to really put anything decent together and find myself grabbing foods that don't do much for me. Because I make poor choices, the nibbling continues for the rest of the day. I need to be more prepared so I don't have to put any effort into it, so I can have it ready to eat as soon as I get home. After my last two long runs I did enjoy a big serving of cold chocolate milk. That was all I thought about during the last mile of last weekend's 13.1.
LIGHT BULB MOMENT
Yesterday I was thinking. My eating has become habit. I prepack my breakfast and lunch every morning for work. Typically it's about the same thing, always in the same quantities. It occurred to me yesterday ... why not reduce the quantity a little.
Really, would I notice it that much if I had a Tablespoon less of my morning oatmeal? If I had 4 crackers instead of 5? A little less than a cup of pasta?
Those are little changes. I probably wouldn't even notice them ... but maybe my body would.
Part of me has given up fighting to get this last bit of fat off me. I can't stand the thought of journalling anymore - I have years and years of journals. I haven't weighed myself in probably over a month. Not even the measuring tape. I'm not interested in being obsessive with it anymore. But yet, I still would like to feel better. I'd still like to be trimmer and lighter, which would no doubt help me improve my running (which is the most important to me these days).
Such a simple concept ... now let's see how it plays out.
What's your favourite post-workout food?