1. Music...if you had met me about 2 years ago, you would have known that I never run without my ipod (unless I forget it, and I have been known to leave the gym or not run because I didn't have my headphones). My first taste of having to run music-less, was my first relay experience about a year and a half ago - because they wanted us super aware of our surroundings. Since then, I have learned it is OK to run without your headphones when you are running with a group, a friend, in an area that needs your full attention, and in some race circumstances.
I made sure I charged up my ipod fully the night before and even the morning of the marathon. I clipped it onto my fuel belt w/ the headphones tucked into the belt (I was running the most I could with Chris, so I figured we would be talking most of the way). As I mentioned in my recap, I actually tossed my ipod to my friend Katie at the halfway mark, and told Chris I would run with him the rest of the way and I didn't need it anymore....then lost Chris 3 miles later...
Around mile 22 I had Tripp ride up ahead to grab my ipod...I was in some serious need of motivational tunes! Well, Tripp went and got the ipod and biked back by my side...but by that point in the race, I was so engrossed with the immediate and overwhelming feelings of finishing, that I didn't want to bother with the ipod. I finished my longest distance ever, 26.2 miles, on Sunday...music-less....and I survived :)
2. Nutrition....I know I didn't mention much about the nutrition details of my marathon, so I thought I would share my strategy and choice in nutrition with you...I think having sufficient fuel with you (or available along the route) is key to running a smooth race and avoiding the "bonk", "wall", etc...I carried with me 3 Gels, 1 stick of shot bloks (there are 6 bloks I believe on it), 1 bag LUNA moons (no longer exist :( ).
- Breakfast (6:10 AM): poppy-seed bagel, cream cheese, strawberry jam. 1 cup coffee w/ skim milk. Big glass of water (or 2)
- Before the race started I had another 8 oz. or so of water
- From the start of the race I decided I was going to stop (or jog through) every water stop possible. I only missed 1 or 2 water stops throughout the entire race
- At around 45 minutes (about mile 6) I took my first Gel (caffeinated lemon-lime Clifbar Gel - w/ as much water as I could get down)
- Another 45 minutes later, I took the second lemon-lime gel (w/ as much water as I could get down)
- Another 45 minutes or so later, I took my last GU (chocolate mint GU, thanks Rachelle - got it from one of her giveaways!)
- When I was in between water stops and needed something to occupy my mouth/mind - I would pop in a LUNA moon...which are delicious little hard electrolyte bloks shaped as moons (kind of the same as a DOT candy) - throughout the race, I sucked on 2 of these throughout the second half - they are small and since I was stopping at all water stations, I didn't have a problem with them.
- Throughout the second half, I grabbed 1 cup of gatorade at each station it was available, along with 1 or 2 cups of water.
- Around mile 24 - 25, I took 2 shot bloks from the package (margarita flavored - extra sodium, delicious taste if you are a super salty sweater like me)
I re-fueled with 15 minutes with a LUNA dark chocolate cherry protein bar, and a little bit later a slice of pizza. My stomach was crampy (probably from the gus and gatorade), but my energy was consistent and high - I didn't crash at all, which I consider a success.
3. Battle Wounds...I feel like everyone scares you into believing that every marathoner will encounter lost toenails, chafing, blisters, a week of hobbling...I tend to think I got out lucky when I think about how many people have brutal wounds and defects as the result of pounding out 26.2 miles...
I came out unscathed...the only things I experienced were a slight chafing under my bra, that had already started from the Tufts 10k earlier in the week (so it wasn't even really from the marathon),a foot bruise where my orthodics end, and a blister that resembled a helium balloon at first glance, but since has deflated to a red nothing...
Is this normal to not experience anything totally traumatic? I was almost upset I still had all of my toe nails and none were nasty black or gone!
One last little tidbit...I would stay tuned for a marathon accomplishment giveaway coming soon :) I want to share my love and excitement with all of you, since you were all so inspirational in getting me there!
What is your musical preference? headphones on a run or is silence golden?
What is your nutrition of choice on a run? Did I overdo/underdo it?
Tell me your best running battle wound!! I want to live vicariously through you guys!