|London's Hyde Park|
All-in-all, I only got those two runs in, but at least I managed to squeeze in my long run for the week. I had planned to run 3-5 miles on Sunday morning, but decided to take the girls for pasteries instead. After all, isn't that what a fun aunt does?
Let's see what tip Sarah over at Coffee & Cabernet had for me this week.
Sarah said: Learn to hydrate effectively. Learning to hydrate correctly is just as important as the running. Learn how much and how often you need fluid. Don't just gulp a gallon at the end of a run. For me, small drinks after 3 or 4 miles was best.
Thanks, Sarah! While at home, I create loops around our neighborhood, so every 3.5 to 4 miles, I wind up back in front of our house. I leave a water bottle and gu pack on our front steps. I drink some water and head back out again. This has worked very well for me and gives me the burst of energy I need to complete my run. In Paris, I stuck a goo pack in my back pocket and sucked it down after lap 8. There were water fountains all along the park, so every 3-4 miles, I had some water. Worked out great!
Runner's Pick of the Week
Since I mentioned gu packs, I may as well tell you about my favorite gu. I've tried a few and some just grossed me out. Mr. Stranded and I both agree that the Powerbar Energy Gel - Strawberry Banana flavor, is the best gu we've tried so far. It has 110 calories per pack and gives us the extra burst of energy we need to finish out our long runs of 7 miles or more. This particular gu has caffeine and needs to be consumed with a little water.
The 1/2 Marathon is on November 6th. Here we come!