Saturday, January 13, 2007

17 miles then 20

I've completed 3 weeks of my 16 week marathon training for Boston. Today's run was an easy 17 miler which lasted 2:07:12. The weather wasn't too bad for the middle of January with light rain and cool 34 degrees. During these long runs I'm trying to figure out fuel and water intake. When I ran 13 miles 3 weeks ago with no fuel or water I ran out of gas and was determined to not let that happen again during my long runs. I now carry my fuel belt with water and use 2 packets of gels. I eat the gels every 60 minutes and sip water every 15 minutes. So far this is working for me.
Next week I'll be running a 20 miler.

I love the snow for the beautiful scenery in the parks, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, and snow tubing with the kids, but I don't like it on the roads for driving, or running in the parks. Running long on icy snow covered roads/trails is no fun so I'm enjoying these dry days during our mild winter. But, then we are in Cleveland and I'm sure we'll get our share of wintry weather soon enough.

6 comments:

Tri-Dummy said...

Papa Louie:
Thanks for the post. I like this site...I REALLY like your other site. I will be checking it regularly. It's nice to meet another Brother in Christ.

TriBoomer said...

It looks like you're on track to have a good race in Boston. Keep it up!

Stay tuned...

Deb said...

Wow...I admire all you do to train in the conditions you have. Those of us on the West Coast take it for granted. Boston will be a blast!

JeffM said...

A true athlete goes out and runs 17 miles when it's only 34 out- way to go!

JenC said...

I don't know how you eat so little and can run so fast. I probably drink twice as many calories and go twice as slow. Stick with what works for you though. Enjoy your build-up to Boston!

Brian said...

Wow! Talk of 20 milers arleady! I hope to join you on a run soon.