Saturday's 15 miler ended up only being 13. My body just did not want to take one more step, so I listened.
I think I know what the problem was though, and thankfully my knees didn't hurt at all. The previous week I did not run one time. Not once! And I was supposed to have done a total of 16 over the week.
If I don't train right during the week, I can't expect my body to do what it's supposed to on long runs.
Lesson learned, I will do every single mile this week, so I can be prepared for 16 next Saturday.
Gatorade Endurance. I usually drink this on my way to the park. I really feel like it's gives me an extra boost of energy. I also eat a PB&J on wheat bread before every long run.
GU or Honey Stinger gels. I tried the salted caramel GU for the first time, it was SO good. I've heard the peanut butter and the watermelon are good too. I need to find those!
I take a gel 15 minutes before my run, and then every 5 miles after that.
I carry my hand held water bottle with me, and put my gel's in the zippered pouch. Then of course my Garmin FR10 and my tunes!
For Saturdays long run I wore calf compression sleeves that were sent to me from Run Forever Sports.
I have several pairs of ProCompression socks, but they are so incredibly hard to put on and take off, that I don't even mess with them anymore. But these were wonderful.
They are for men or women and come in 2 sizes. They relieve shin splints and prevent cramps in your calves. Of course they're not only for running, but for any kind of activity!
They are under $20, but if you use my code , you can get 40% off! Order them here.
When I get home after my long run, I make a protein shake to replenish everything!
Lately I've been using the Diet & Weight Loss powder from My Protein.
They have a large variety of protein bars, powders, vitamins and supplements. Pre-workout, Post-workout, meal replacement, ect.
The Impact Diet Whey chocolate powder that I use is very good, not chalky at all, and mixes easily.
I make it with almond milk, a banana and some PB2. It is deelish!!
And then I usually crash on the couch and take a nap. :)
How do you prepare for a long run?
Do you wear calf compression sleeves? If not, would you like to? (Thinking of a giveaway...)