Week 4 of marathon training is almost complete! I’ll try to get in a couple of miles today, along with some PiYO for cross-training, for a total of 18 miles this week.
My long run yesterday was supposed to be 6-8 miles. I ended up doing only 6. I hit that dreaded WALL, and I thought about pushing myself to do more, but I thought screw it. I ran a damn half-marathon last weekend, so I’m good. As someone who has been running for awhile, whenever I hit a wall, I start to analyze why it’s happening. For yesterday’s run, lots of reasons started going through my head. Was it the pub food and two pints of beer I had the night before? I did a bunch of housework that left me sweaty and tired the morning before the run – mopping, laundry, vacuuming. Did I eat enough before the run? Should I be doing my long runs first thing in the morning rather than waiting until later after my Saturday chores are done? Why? Why do I hit a wall?
And why aren’t these energy gels that I spent a bunch of money on not helping? They didn’t seem to help during my half-marathon last week, and they definitely didn’t help for yesterday’s run.
The gels I’m using are the Huma Chia gels; I got a variety pack so that I could try the different flavors. Not knowing much about energy gels, I’m just wondering if the flavors matter. Do some flavors provide more energy than others? Do some brands work better than others? Do energy gels help some people, but not others? (Like me. Meh.) Yesterday I took one right before the run, and then I took another one after 4 miles. Someone told me that I need to take one before I feel I need it; otherwise, it’s too late. During yesterday’s run, I was feeling pretty good for the first 4 miles, so I took one after that, but once I got to 6 miles, I felt like I was done.
Here is my fear. If I hit a wall at 6 miles, or 9 miles, or anything after that, and gels don’t help, how the hell am I going to be able to complete an entire marathon?
Or is it just mental? Do I need to figure out a way to mentally motivate myself to push through?
I know that every runner has struggles during training and that there will be moments when I have self-doubts and bad runs. I also know that every runner is different and what may work for one runner may not necessarily work for another. Perhaps energy gels are not my thing. If that’s the case, I have to figure out what is my energy gel.
I did receive my medal in the mail for the half-marathon I did last weekend.
Isn’t it sweet? I have four medals now: one for a 7-mile race and three for half-marathons! My medal collection is slowly growing!
Okay, my peeps, I need your advice on this energy gel thing. I also need to hear what you do when you hit a wall. How do you push through it?