I had a fairly good run yesterday and I think I know why this week had been so hard.
Other than getting adjusted to the heat, I have been drinking Gatorade before running. I just started this on Tuesday, thinking that it would help with the heat. To be honest, I have been putting a scoop of Gatorade into a half cup of water since I didn’t want to drink too much before running. So I gave myself a 30 minute high on all that sugar, but when that wore off around the 3-4 mile mark, I would crash hard.
As a test to see if that was it, I had nothing to drink before running yesterday (I had 96 oz during the day though). It wasn’t easy, but I did get 5 miles in at an 8:40 pace and never felt like I couldn’t go on. I stopped on purpose at 5 miles since I ran and walked 16 miles the past 2 days and I want to be fresh for my 5K on Saturday. Anyway, no more Gatorade before a run for me.
I haven’t mentioned much about the 5K tomorrow since I wasn’t going to push it too hard, but now I am changing my thoughts. It is an inaugural 5K and I have run the course and am familiar with it. I really think I can PR it if I run it correctly. Right now I plan on running the first 2 miles at a 7:00 pace and try to run the 3rd at 6:30. That would give me a PR and be a good end to my 5K days as I start my marathon training. I’m looking forward to seeing Neill (@bigbigggeek) and David (@David_Topping) at the race. RS is going to run with us and TJ isn’t running the race, but wants to help pace me. I’ve never had anyone pace me in a race before, so that will be really great.
Tonight it is Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese and chicken caesars (thanks big brother @fooddude4life) for the inspiration; then we will watch “The Race” Seinfeld episode. Finally a good night rest so we can run hard tomorrow (and not get hurt – thanks Lovely Wife).
I love 5Ks. I hope this one is memorable.