So last Saturday Phil and I went for a long run and seriously bonked. Ran out of gas. Hit the wall.
After running uphill ALL THE WAY out, we turned the corner to head back. Phil had promised that after all that up, when we turned around for the last leg it would be down hill. He was wrong.
I almost cried.
We turned around and KEPT running up. up. up. We did eventually make it home, but it was not pretty. Not at all.
In an effort to avoid a repeat of that joyful experience, I’ve done a little research that I’m happy to share with you.
1) PREPARE for your long run. Really? This surprises you? Ha. Start the day before by enjoying an easy day. Take a day off even. It’s not the end of the world.
2) Get up early enough to eat something before you run. Yogurt. A bagel. Even a cup of coffee so you have a little caffeine in your system.
3) Drink a full glass of water before you head out. And TAKE SOME WITH YOU. Especially when it’s humid. The forecast here is for 89% humidity tomorrow. Yikes.
And 4) Take a snack if you’re going to be out more than 90 minutes. That’s one more place where we failed last week. Forgot to eat my banana at the half-way mark. Didn’t put my dates in my pocket for quick energy.
If you’ve done it right, you’ll feel tired but not DEAD when you get home. Your muscles will feel the work, but you won’t immediately collapse on the floor. Have a snack (chocolate milk is perfect), stretch, shower, and you’ll still have some energy for the rest of the day.
Now get out there and enjoy that long run, dammit.