Meat? Please note that I live a vegetarian lifestyle. So, no real meat for me … ha ha. My legs are still in pain, but it is a good type of pain. As I am training for my very first Ultra-Marathon I am not only training for the distance (or better: time spent on my legs), but I am also training to cover a lot of elevation gain during my runs. Whenever I am out there running I do pick the hilliest route available at almost every occasion. On average a 6-7 mile run has about 500 ft. of elevation gain included. My last long run on Saturday had about 1,600 ft. of elevation gain stretched out over 22 miles. I know this is nothing too impressive for the more experienced ultra-marathon runners, but for me coming from road marathons it is a significant change. [Read more…]
Weekend Saturdays are usually the days of my long runs and usually I am really looking forward to it. I love long runs. So, yesterday was no difference, but it turned out to be not the glamorous run I had hoped it to be. The reason (in my opinion) was less in the running conditions, but how I felt after Friday night. No, I was not out partying late if that is your guess. We had ordered food from a restaurant (Pho) the rice noodles tasted differently and had a different texture, too. They looked Ok and smelled Ok, but I guess in the end they were not Ok and I major stomach and digestive problems for the rest of the day. After visiting the bathroom a few times I went to bed and overall it felt Ok. [Read more…]
I am in the middle of marathon training and long runs are a major part of it. We’re also in the middle of Winter and so I have to watch the weather forecast a bit more closely, but also plan the runs in more detail. Last year on one of my long runs in Winter it was so !@#$ cold that the Gatorade in my bottles froze while I was running and I had to stop at a McDonald’s to use their electric hand dryer machine to get the Gatorade back into a fluid state. While weather is important for your long run, there are several other things I do to prepare for my runs.