I Love LSD
I look forward to my long run days! There is something peaceful about settling into the distance knowing I can take my time, let my mind wander, and enjoy the scenery around me. Vancouver offers so many beautiful places for the long slow distance.
But, I have to admit, after about 16k, I notice my body starts to protest the experience; this is the where mental rigor has to be engaged in order to make it back to my starting point.
Nutrition in the form of sports gels, carb loaded drinks, or even food is highly recommended for long distance run days. Regular water should be consumed by at least the one hour mark, and every 20 mins thereafter. Midway, I often take a short break, drink some extra fluids and take in some extra easily absorbed calories.
I normally pack a couple of Power Gels with me. Tomorrow I am going to put in 21k. I am also going to experiment with mid-run calories. I am particularly interested in finding the right combination of calories as race day nutrition is important for the marathon distance.
Tomorrow I will take pitted dates with me and evaluate the effect. Dates are loaded with easily absorbed nutrition in the form of carbs and potassium. They also packs a serious caloric punch, and I am sure it will be a nice boost when I start to feel the “blahs” tomorrow. I do worry about how it will sit in my stomach, thus I plan to take little bits along the way, instead of a mid-run snack.