The last "LR"... it was only 7 mi. The Runner's World / New Balance SmartCoach app called for 8, but considering how tired, sore, and slightly overtrained I am, I feel fine making it 7. Happy to report that there was no hip pain. How'd it heal up? Sleep.
I slept 7pm-midnight last night, slept 8-9am, slept 3-7pm. Ran at 7pm. It was actually nice for mimicing race-day. I need to become familiar with how I'll feel race-morning. Sluggish, a bit drowsy. Normally, I jump straight into workouts, with no warmup. Due to the drowsiness, I felt like I had to do some dynamic stretching, which was perfect as a test. No warmup, since I won't be warming up with any running race morning. Gotta save my energy for the race. So it was good.
During my awake time to"day", I read about race week nutrition and tapering advice, plus race-day fueling advice. A couple of reference suggested that you shouldn't eat within 2 hours of the race... I always thought that it was because people normally need that window to let food digest, but avoiding food within that window is actually supposed to prevent a bad insulin response. On training runs, I normally eat an hour before (if it's a big meal), or minutes before (if it's a snack)! So if I do this 2 hours thing, today's run would also be a good test, since I had been napping, and not eating, 2 hours prior.
I was hungry and I normally would've eaten, but I held off, figuring that I could test out eating solid food while running. I had a TLC Kashi breakfast bar. It was easier to swallow than Gus or Chews, which is a litte ironic, but perhaps it was too sugary... felt a big spike and then my tummy felt a little bit uncomfortable. I don't know what made it uncomfortable. So maybe I will stick with the PowerBar gels.
I took it relatively easy on the run... still might've been a little more strenuous than it normally would've felt due to my slightly overtrained body, but I kept it easier than I normally would've taken it. The bar was 100Cal, and I had half every half hour of the 1-hr run, which was exactly how long the energy/hunger lasted. It's hard to extrapolate this to a full run, though, since this was only the beginning, starting from a state wher I had been napping and not eating for 4 hrs, which is different from being 20mi into a race.
I AM GOING TO GO CONSERVATIVELY AT THE RACE. 3:40 is fine. My goal is the BQ. PR at BOSTON, SWEET BOSTON. (just talked to KJ, who confirmed that I should go for the BQ.) okay, it's decided. don't get lured in. I can go to 20 with the 3:40 group and turn it on then if I want. That may mean a 3:34, which is fine.
7.0 in 59:52, 8:33 ave. Splits> 8:45, 8:32, 8:33, (26:43 5k), 8:33, 8:34, 8:35, (53:17 10k), 8:16.
Enjoyed a bowl of caramelized onions, tomato sauce, and tofu afterwards. Delicious. And now oatmeal. Refueling, yes.