After my long run on Saturday I was talking with a friend about hydration and nutrition on long runs and during races. I’m not an expert on nutrition or hydration, for what you need based on your specific body type, sweat rate, goals etc nothing beats seeing a nutritionist. This is more on the part of things you can control yourself before, during and after a run or race. The most important thing is in my opinion is to plan it out and rely on yourself. With a group like Rogue we’re fortunate that we have water out on the course on long runs, track workouts etc. On the longer and warmer days there’s also Gatorade mixed in. In the end on these runs you don’t know going into it what will be out there. Even on races, you don’t know if the Gatorade or energy drink will be mixed well, diluted, super strong or just plain old nasty tasting. After training for 6 months for a marathon it’s a shame to leave all of that to chance.
Again on this I need to thank a few people from Team Rogue for teaching me something about this during our training for CIM. I always took GU on long runs and for CIM planned to just do that and made do with the water and cytomax at the race. I stole a page from the rest of the guys plans and started taking thermolytes (for electrolytes) and GUs on all my runs … as long as I got water on a run I had everything I needed for a run or race. It was kind of nice, didn’t have to worry about anything but getting water on the race. Also on training runs knowing I have everything I need, and don’t have to think about … “where is the Gatorade”, or don’t get tiered from not being able to absorb water without enough electrolytes.
- Advice #1: Figure out what you need on a run and race and try and get at much of it yourself, not relying solely on others to provide it who you don’t really know.
- Advice #2: Recovery drink. You HAVE to have it on any medium to long run. Within 30 minutes of ending your run. You will recover better, and have energy during the day.
- Advice #3: Hydrate all week long. That doesn’t mean you have to load up on sugar on Gatorade. It means getting the salts and water you need. Most days at work I’ll have one big glass of water with a Nuun tab.
On the brutal run on Saturday all three of these came in very handy. I couldn’t have survived without all the termolyte pills, half way into the run I could feel salt caking on my face and knew I was loosing more salt than I usually do so decided to make use of my extra 2 thermolyte pills on the run. When we finished I was completely wiped out and didn’t think I could have made it 10 more minutes without falling asleep. Luckily my recovery drink (Cranberry Blend Juice with Whey Protien) was on hand and once I had that in my system was able to relax and finish out with a long stretching routine.