Long Distance Training is Your Teacher

As I approach the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 1st, I am slowly picking up my long distance training (LSD) runs.  On Sunday I completed my first full LSD 30k.  Needless to say, it was quite difficult, especially the last five kilometers.  Following is a list of what I learned:

  • 30k is LONG.  Initially, I did not think the extra 9k, after the half-marathon distance that I am so use to running, would not make that much of a distance.  It did!
  • When you run for more than three hours, boredom, even a sense of loneliness, sets in.
  • It is perfectly okay to stop mid-way along the course to rest for a few minutes, take in some nutrition, and enjoy being outside.
  • Kettle Chips are my new best friend; packed with calories, sodium and potassium, there is simply no better bits for a long run.  Only negative is the aftertaste I noticed for the next half hour after chowing down.  More post chip water next time!
  • Keep a steady pace from beginning to end.  Do not “bank time” by running faster at the beginning.  It makes the final distance more difficult.
  • It use to be that 16k was my “cap,” the place where everything felt difficult.  I have successfully pushed that to the 25k mark.  My hard work is paying off!
  • I needed less water than I anticipated.  My 1l Camelbak was essential.  My last draw was on my last klick.  I took little sips along the way, no gulping.
  • Blister prevention becomes important with distance.  I got by with only a small one off my right big toe.  There is no harm in using extra tape.
  • As soon as I stopped mid-way for a food break, I became chilled.  It was motivation to keep moving.  It was also a reminder that there is no harm in an extra layer.
  • Recovery time has taken far less time than I expected.  I am on day two and I already feel like a short comfy run is very possible.
  • Embrace the pain, do not deny that you are having it.  The more you welcome the discomfort and dig deep with determination, the less of a hold pain has.  This was a very unexpected lesson.
  • Most importantly, I learned this past Sunday that my ability to complete a marathon distance is finally in reach.  I will have to really work hard on those last 12 kilometers.  However, it no longer strikes fear or feels impossible!

As i continue to complete longer runs in preparation for my first marathon, I am sure that there will be many more lessons to learn.  Today I am celebrating my progress.

What I Learned From My first 30k Training Run was last modified: June 11th, 2017 by Jerod Killick
  • Some good lessons! Hang on to them as your distance increases. 🙂

  • Indeed! 🙂

  • Well done. If you can run 30 km at this stage you will certainly be able to run the marathon in May. Good luck.

  • Many thanks Jon!! I’m getting very excited. Back on road tomorrow after three days of recovery. Life is good. !!!