Sunday is the Pocono Marathon and I’m starting to get excited.
Today officially starts my “taper”. With that being said I did do a shorter long run on Saturday and a shorter version of a workout on Tuesday, but from a volume and frequency perspective it really starts today. Yesterday I ended up getting in 2 runs of 45 minutes and 30 minutes (with the double stroller). The next 3 days will be 40 minutes/35 minutes/30 minutes and will all be run on pavement. I will also throw in up to 4 x :15 striders over the last 5 minutes of each of the runs to get my legs turning over.
I have also started eating a higher percentage of carbohydrates (and fats) today and will continue through Saturday night. While some people can get away with throwing in some junk food for the extra carbs, I have found that my body is very sensitive to the spike in blood sugar that comes along with eating sweets. For this marathon I am trying something a little bit different. I am going to eat fairly normal (for myself) with a focus on a little bit more on the carbohydrate portions, but in between meals I am going to have a 20 oz water bottle with 2 scoops of Twin Labs Ultra Fuel. Ultra Fuel is a carbohydrate replacement drink with 100 calories and 25 grams of carbohydrates per scoop. This will add up to 3 (will see how 2 go down between breakfast/lunch and lunch/dinner) drinks of 200 calories and 50 grams of carbohydrates per drink.
The course is going to be challenging. Here is a copy of the profile. I’m going to have to be very patient and smart the first 15 miles. If you have ever run a longer race or done a workout with a number of downhills then you know what I’m talking about. Running too fast/hard downhill can leave you suffering over the rest of the race. There will be several challenging uphills as well….it’s going to be challenging. I’m looking forward to it!