I wake up this morning to a nice email from my running coach/partner, Bob. It was very motivational... and he gave me homework:
"I don't think you are eating enough on the long runs. For the marathon, you will need 50 grams of carbs per hour, maybe a little more on the back half. That is more than a few sport beans. Read up on fueling for endurance running...
I am going to ask you to tell me your hydration plan and your fueling plan before we start. Then when it is over, I am going to ask you whether you able to run the plan, and if did not what happened."
I guess I have some reading and thinking to do before Saturday. How do you fuel?
I tried Gu and did not like it. I have been eating Sports Beans which I LOVE... but when my sister-in-law (also uber athlete), Kirsten asked me how many servings the bag was, I was astonished. I am supposed to eat the entire bag of beans. I usually just take two or three at a time. One bag lasts me the entire long run. I cannot imagine taking the whole bag in one shot... I guess that is why Gu is liquid. She gave me some ideas about other fuel types... do you have any suggestions?
Help me.... I am going to run farther than I ever have in August (and September for that matter), so I need some advice!