Today was speed work day. Well, technically it was supposed to be on Tuesday but because I did my long run on Monday, things this week have gotten a little mixed up. Anyway, my workout went something like this:
2 mile warm up
6 x 2:00 FAST (6:59, 6:59, 6: 54, 6:54, 6:49, 6:49) with 1:00 rest in between each interval
2 mile cool down
7 MILES TOTAL
I’m kind of loving that my weekday runs are short and fast now!
Sooo it’s just over two weeks until race day and I’m facing a bit of a predicament. I left it out of my last post because talking about my stomach issues has become so redundant and I hate plastering it on the blog over and over again. You guys don’t want to hear it and I don’t want to keep posting about it. But I have to run a marathon in 16 days and I still don’t have my fuel plan figured out. When I did my 19 treadmill miles on Monday, I had the worst GI issues to date. I won’t go into details but I got pretty sick and it has now made me really stressed out about race day.
It seems like every gel makes my stomach hurt (or makes me gag), most food doesn’t sit well in my stomach so I have no idea what to eat in the days leading up to the race, and to be completely honest and literal – I’m terrified I may sh*t my pants while running.
I need all the luck I can get!!!
Mmmmk. Now that we got that out of the way, I am on a mission. I know it’s super late to start experimenting with things but I’m going to have to try. I enlisted the help of my runner friends on Facebook a few nights ago and got a HUGE variety of recommendations. I know everyone is SO different when it comes to what their bodies can handle so I can’t just assume one of these things will work for me. I am going to go to my local running store tonight and buy a variety of things to test out over the next two weeks. I may even have to try taking some in during shorter runs which is so unnecessary but I’m desperate right now.
Here is what all my runner friends are using:
Island Boost Huma gels
- Honey Stinger gels/chews
Clif Shot Bloks Skratch E-gels
- Vega gels
- Clif gels
- Honey/Vitamin C shots
Nuun Dates + salt tabs Baby food Tailwind Jelly Bellies UCAN Infinit
- PowerBar gels
- Sport Beans
As you can see, there were so many suggestions because everyone’s body digests things so differently. I don’t even think some of these things are available in Canada so that cuts out a few of the options. I also know that I have a lot of trouble actually chewing things while running so I’ve cut out the more “solid” things on that list. I don’t like carrying bottles with me while racing (I intend to just grab water at all the water stations) so I’ve nixed all the powders/sport drinks. Finally, I’ve eliminated baby food for the sole reason that there aren’t enough calories in those packets. The last ones I bought only had 60 cals per pack so I’d have to carry way too many. Plus there isn’t any sodium in them so I’d have to figure that part out and it’s just too much work.
So that leaves us with GU, Honey Stinger, Vega, Clif, PowerBar, and Sport Beans (I know you have to chew these but I feel like they’re so small and would be easier to eat in comparison to something like Clif Shot Bloks which are ginormous and make me feel like I’m going to choke). Lindsay makes her own honey/vitamin C shots which sounds great in theory but I don’t think I see myself actually doing that.
I’ve tried all of these except Honey Stinger and Sport Beans. It’s been hard to gage which have been good and which have been bad because I will often try more than one brand on the same run. Stupid me. It’s probably too late to figure all of this out before race day but I’m going to give some different things a shot and see what happens.
AND I’m going in and getting tested for Celiac tomorrow……..finally (I was supposed to do this months ago). I don’t think gluten is the issue but I want to rule it out so that I can safely eat burritos forever and ever. Up next will probably be a food sensitivity test. Yay.
You’re very welcome for this super exciting post about my GI issues and race fuel. I bet it was just what you were hoping to read today ahaha.
I know I can’t be the only who who struggles with this kind of stuff though, so if you’ve been there and have any tips, I’d love if you could leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org