After more than 11 years of running, I am glad to finally be grateful for how running makes me feel and for what the body can be trained to do. I’ve learned a lot from this marathon training but also from reading articles, blogs, forums, and checking in with my training partner and running friends on a regular basis. Perhaps the thing I’ve learned the most is how much I still have to learn. It goes without saying that you never stop learning, and almost every run presents me with a new question about the sport or training and I definitely enjoy discovering the answers to my questions.
One of the things that stumped during my first long runs was how tired I became soon after the run was over. I consulted a runner friend who is also in trainer training and she immediately identified for me that I was not fueling up on runs longer than an hour. It didn’t matter that I wasn’t hungry or thirsty during those runs; my body needed energy to keep going. I was sapping all my energy while running so I had nothing left to power me through the rest of the day. Her advice matches everything I’ve read since which is that on runs longer than an hour you should have water and/or gels to fuel you up. Now I know. I carry a fuel belt with me for those long runs and while a little cat nap afterward is still rewarding, I can make it through the rest of the day without needing to crawl back into bed.
The question of becoming tired is just one of many that I have come up with and only the beginning of the list. I will be using the blog to pose and answer a number of my other running questions. I will do my homework, research, consult with trainers and other runners, and try to put together the best possible answers to my questions. I have to imagine I’m not alone and I’m new enough at this that I don’t feel too embarrassed to ask the questions. “There are no stupid questions,” right? So here are just a few of the questions I will be seeking answers for:
Why do I feel pressure/pain in my ankles toward the end of long runs and how do I prevent that from happening?
Is there any way to stretch the knees?
What is the best recipe for fueling up before long runs—how much liquid and how much time before taking off?
There are more, but this is enough to get us started. Feel free to add your questions to the list and I will tackle finding the answers.
Let the knowledge seeking begin!