Today was the longest run yet for us. Two and a half hours broken up into a 10,60,10,60,10 session. 10 minute walks, 60 minute runs. The idea being of course to get us used to beatnig our feet on the pavement for hours at a time.
I can eat anything and I mean almost anything to be polite or on request”
It’s all well and good, even necessary based on conventional training wisdom, to do HIIT and tempo and fartleks for speed and VO2 max and lactate acidifying and all that but to prepare your body for running distance requires running distance. Shorter length and time segments do not simulate the pounding you take over the long haul.
We covered 11 miles in our 2 hour 30 minute session. Not very impressive but then again… #NOTARUNNER. This session was also a Z2 heart rate zone session and my average BPM was barely 117. Not quite full training for me. But when you run with someone you run with someone. This is something I’ve already covered.
My current running partner has matched me for speed but I have 6+ months on her in terms of training so conditioning she still working on. She’s come a long way in the 3ish months she’s been training, far faster and longer than myself. She pushes herself hard, possibly too hard to keep up with me showing an order of magnitude greater spirit and dedication than I have myself.
Our first half is coming up in roughly 7 weeks, April 28th. I’ll be okay if we finish in 2.5 hours. Hell I’ll be okay if we finish in under 3h. I may have mentioned (once or twice) but I’m not built like a runner and at the moment with 270lbs I’m pushing a little more weight up those hills than your average actual runner. So honestly just finishing each new length race as I do them for the first time is a step in the right direction for me.
Today for nutrition I tried Gu’s Stroopwafel, the chocolate one and I was very not impressed. It wasn’t bad but it was even more bland than the Stinger Waffles if that’s possible. I won’t be purchasing a box.
I also tried Gu’s Chocolate Fudge gel. Not a fan and I’m not sure if it was the distance or the gel but right around the 10 mile mark I started feeling slightly nauseous. It also could have been lack of caffeine. But overall the Gu chocolate was like eating the cheapest uncooked brownie fudge batter, the 2 for a $1 kind. I can eat anything and I mean almost anything to be polite or on request that doesn’t mean I don’t have preferences.
My strong preference is still the Stinger Chews followed by Stinger Waffles in commercial solid nutrition. Runner up is Clif Bloks.
I’m going to be taking a look at Topo shoes in a couple of weeks when one of the FLSS’s gets a shipment in. Both the road and trail shoes. I wore my Altra Lone Peak 2.5’s yesterday for about an hour walking and the 0 drop does really promote toe/mid foot striking which I need to try to shift to. The Altra’s are very comfortable, probably the most comfortable shoe I have in terms of feel. But an hour of walking in 0 drop left my calves just starting to take notice of the lack of heel.
The Topo’s at 3 to 5mm drop are a reasonable alternative to 0 drop I think and they have some pretty good reviews. They’re foot shaped like the Altras which means they might possibly fit me.
When I was at one of the FLSS’s one of the worker/runners there who’s a ultrarunner and does 350 miles of trails a month was wearing Topo’s and was pretty enthusiast about them. Since I still haven’t found ‘my’ shoe I’m willing to investigate further. Once I find ‘my’ shoes I’m buying 20 pairs of them as one thing I’ve learned is every year the shoe companies change each shoe up and the changes mean you may be looking for another ‘your’ shoe as a result.