Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Guanranteed Failure

On Sunday I got up bright and early for my new running group's first group run of marathon training.  The runs start at 6:30 and it takes me about 20 or so minutes to drive there and go along a path. 

I've documented on my blog many times before that I need  a lot of sleep, making 6:30 runs something that never happen for me.  I think it was the earliest I've ever ran before.  I love to run in the late afternoon/early evening. 

I set my alarm for 5:30, groggily rolled out of bed, and checked the weather.  When I run or race, I typically get up at least 3 hours before and have breakfast, making sure the majority of my bolus insulin is gone when I start my run because I have bad experiences with "insulin on board" while running.  I didn't feel like getting up at 3:30 to have breakfast, so I decided to fore go my normal routine.  This turned out to be a really bad move.

I'm a creature of habit, and always eat the same thing for breakfast.  Yes, the same thing every single day.  The only exception is if I go out for breakfast, which I don't do often and really don't like to do.  However, on Sunday, my normal breakfast didn't sound very good at 6:00.  I knew that I'd be running 9 miles and needed to eat, though.  I decided to have a Clif Builder's Bar.  I drank a few sips of water and then went out to drive the meet-up location.

I felt great the first three miles of the run.  The pace was easy, my legs felt good, and the humidity wasn't too bad yet.  At mile 3 we stopped for a Gatorade break.  I drank a small glass, didn't bolus, and continued on.  We ran 3 more miles and stopped again for Gatorade.  At this point, I felt tired.  I had no energy.  The last mile we did was 8:20, but seemed like  7:20 to my legs.  We started again for the last 3 miles of the run....and they were the longest miles.  I continued to run with the group until mile 7.5, when I realized that I physically could not do it.  I jogged the remaining mile and a half at an incredibly slow pace.  As I ran along, I began to think about what went wrong on this run:

Improper fueling is a way to guarantee failure on a long run.

According to our marathon training schedule, this week is a cut-back week, where our long run in only 6 miles.  I can't make it on Sunday because I'm competing in a duathlon.  I'll just do the 6 mile run on Monday...I'm not too concerned, especially since I don't view 6 miles as very far. 

How do you fuel for long runs in the early morning?  I'm glad I had this wake-up call early on in my training.  It reminds me that I'm still a novice.

1 comment:

  1. I am the same as you. If I try to switch up from my normal breakfast (which I also eat the same thing every single day even on weekends) My workout gets completely messed up. I'm not a fan of early mornings either. There's just not enough time to pre-plan with D unless you get up at ungodly hours.
    I'm glad you sludged through, I know what that feels like.