I only have one thing to share with you today, but it is worth your time! I came across this video on SR’s blog earlier this week. Even though I haven’t run a full marathon, yet, I still found it really funny:
The 8 stages of marathon running…. looking forward to it. I think I went through a few of those stages yesterday.
A few things to mention from yesterday’s run: I am proud to say that I did not chafe at all! I think I finally got that under control. I also did not get any blisters yesterday. I still need to figure out my coffee/caffeine issue, though. I can’t stomach coffee before a run, and I always get a bad caffeine headache post-long run, even though I drink coffee as soon as I get home. Maybe it’s just something I’ll have to deal with. On a happier note, I think I have my fueling figured out. A mix of Shot Bloks and PowerGel seems to do the trick.
I also feel the need to clarify that I was and am happy about yesterday’s run. I’m not sure why, but I think my recap post yesterday came across as me being down about how things went. Yes, things got tough towards the end, but that was expected. And I shared how tough it was because if I didn’t that wouldn’t be honest. But don’t let that make you think I wasn’t happy with finishing 18 miles yesterday, because I was.
Now I have a question for all of you. Next week is my first of two 20 milers. Ice bath or no ice bath afterwards?