Today I’m covering week 2 of my training leading up to the 2013 Dallas Marathon in Dallas, Texas. Each week I’ll do an update so that people will know what training is like for the average runner. I’m not a 2:21 marathon runner. In fact I bring up the rear of a marathon. I’m hear to show you that yes, you can do a marathon. If I can do it, you can to!!
Each week I’ll be covering a different topic, if you have any suggestions or questions please let me know!
Also, here’s a link to few of the brands I mentioned:
Remember, the big thing to remember about nutrition is find what works for you. A lot of people can’t stomach gels but they’re okay with chews. I’ve even had some friends to use gummy bears . Just be sure to take in about a 100 calories every 3 miles. Having a set nutrition schedule when you run helps delay the “hitting the wall” effect.
Tip: Carry peppermints with you when your run. Not only is it great for a slow, easy sugar release but it also helps settle an upset stomach.
A great time to experiment and practice is during your long runs. Not only with gels and chews but also find out what works as far as hydration is concerned. Something to keep in mind is, if you plan on using a hydration pack for your marathon make sure the marathon will allow it. Since the Boston Marathon bombings, the New York City Marathon is not allowing hydration packs. So be sure they’re allowed before you get use to using them.
Also remember, don’t skip your long runs! Your long run is what helps you have a better marathon experience. Next week I’ll touch on what you should do during this long runs to help mimic your marathon day .
Till next time……Cheers!