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A quote I've become fond of is, "The comfort zone is a wonderful place to be, but nothing ever grows there." unknown
I need to stretch well out of it if I'm going to discover my true potential as an athlete. I have made it my goal this year to reach beyond what I now consider hard and tap in to a new definition of the word. If I don't do it now, The Rut is going to be a serious shock.
Last week I worked on this during my long run by tackling a hill in town that I haven't done before... and then doing it one more time. It was harder than what I have previously tapped out at as a "hard workout," but I'll be doing it again and pushing to do it faster next time. It will be a challenge I tackle until I can say it's easy (then I guess I'll have to find something else hard to do).
This week I did my long run in Red Lodge. Mitch and I have decided to participate in a duathlon in two weeks and this was a test run combined with my scheduled 14 miler.
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I haven't made any secret of the fact that I LOVE to run Red Lodge. Most specifically, I love running the highway which is all downhill for my usual route. Starting at the entrance by the campground where Mitch and I were married and finishing on the outskirts of town is 12 miles. I had to run to the other end of the town and around a couple of blocks to get in my 14.
I mean really, what's not to love??
On this particular run, I PR'd a number of distances, including my 1 mile, 10 mile and half marathon. Keeping in mind that these are on a very downhill route, I don't put a lot of stock in those PRs but then again, I have run this same route many times so at the very least I got personal bests for this segment. Pat on my back:
While I ran, Mitch rode the bicycle route for the race. Having driven the route after my run to pick him up, I can say I'm seriously glad I'm not the one on the bike. The first 19 miles are some serious rolling hills on a narrow road with lots of curves. My husband is not deterred. This is right up his alley. Weirdo.
Finishing up 46.6 miles and still in a good mood!
I just have to add that we went to bed and crashed at 9:30 on a Saturday night after this!
During my last 2 long runs (and one midweek run), I tested out some new fuel. In my last blog post, I talked about CLIF Organic pouches and reviewed the Banana-Mango-Coconut.
Since then, I have tried the Banana-Beet-Ginger: this one tasted okay (mostly banana) but seriously disagreed with my stomach.
During last week's long run, I tested the Sweet Potato and Sea Salt. I love sweet potatoes, but I was very unimpressed with this. It was way too pasty and a little too salty to be enjoyable.
I bought the pizza margarita yesterday. I'm very reluctant to try it because it sounds somewhat disgusting, but I would really like to find a savory fuel that I like because sweet is going to get old really fast on a 50K race.
The gem I discovered yesterday during my Red Lodge run was Tailwind Nutrition. I've read a litte on this product on my ultrarunning FaceBook groups. A packet is 200 calories and is said to be all you need on a long run.
I put a packet of the berry flavor in Mitch's water bottle. He didn't like it and when I tasted it, I could quite agree. I thought that one tasted a bit "perfumey."
Mine was the caffeinated Tropical Buzz and that one tastes MUCH better.
I mixed this up in a 16 oz bottle of water and poured half in to one of my hydration belt bottles. The other half I put in my shaker with about 10 oz more water and my BCAAs. I drank the shaker concoction on the way to Red Lodge.
I did consume additional fuel. While drinking the bottles of Tailwind on my belt and another of water, I also had a CLIF pouch at mile 6 and a GU at mile 10. I can't say I had to have them, but I am a firm believer in fueling before you feel the need. After that it is too late.
That being said, I felt better on that run that I have felt on any long run in quite some time. I didn't even need to take my traditional preworkout supplement. I felt great the whole time and had plenty of energy. I liked this so much that I ordered a bag almost as soon as I got home.
Before I go, I would like to say welcome to the running community to my daughter, Shaina who joined our ranks recently. I've enjoyed sharing in her journey's beginning and getting to impart a little knowledge to someone just taking their first steps.
Also, I may have a little addiction to running shoes. So I leave you with some shoe porn... my collection currently in rotation: