Pre-Run Energy and Hydration.
– A plain bagel (sometimes with some Almond Butter on top if I was feeling Wild)
– Enhanced hydration of either Liquid IV (Passion Fruit or Lemon Lime) or Nuun’s (Watermelon or Orange) in a water.
– Clif Bar
– Preventing Runner’s Trots by taking Imodium.
Nutrition while Running.
- Clif Cubes Double Peanut: Is exactly like a Clif Bar, but is serrated into 4 cubes for easy consumption – filled with Almond Butter. It’s nice to break up the Gel’s with something you can chew.
- Clif BLOKS Salted Watermelon: Eat 1-2 at a time, and use in between the miles when you are using Gel Packs.
- Honey Stinger Gel (Acai Pomegranate, Mango Orange and Strawberry Kiwi): I’ve tried multiple different types of gels and Honey Stinger are the only product that don’t give me gut rot.
- Honey Stinger Waffles (Caramel and Gingersnap): So tasty. They taste like a healthy version of a Stroopwafel.
- Peter Rabbit Organic Baby Food (Mango, Banana and Orange; Banana, Mango and Kale): Baby Food has a similar nutritional statement as the Gel packets – with the only difference being Sodium. Due to the high fiber and low sodium I would not recommend eating a great deal of these on your run – I limit myself to one.
- Tailwind Nutrition: Mix with water throughout your run.
- SaltStick: Great thing to carry on long runs and race day. If you start cramping, take a salt pill and you’ll feel better in minutes.
Your local running store will be your best place to tryout different products.
– Obviously you need to stretch after any run.
– Cold Bath.
- Shoes. Brooks – they offer a larger toe box, which allowed me to keep my toenails. Good to buy a new pair of shoes 2-3 months before race day.
- Socks. Feetures Elite Max Cushion
- Underwear. Lululemon Namastay Put
- Tights. Camo Contender 7/8 Tight in Powerlift
- Bra. Hyper Focused Bra
- Tops. Lulemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew;
Mental Toughness. Woof. You will have runs that kick your ass and you will have runs where you think you can concur the world. Highs and Lows man.
Training Plan. I used the Nike Run Club Training Plan.
– You put in the race date and they create a tailored training plan.
– Great in app tracking.
– If you miss a run, the plan will update – sounds great in theory, however it becomes difficult to get back on track. Some weeks it would say I have to run 3 miles when I really needed to run 15.
Strava also offers a training plan in their Summit Training Pack – $6/month.
– If I had to do it again, I would try out the Strava Summit Training Pack – which would only run you $2/month.
Chafing. For any long run, make sure you are not wearing new clothes. Vaseline works wonders if you do experience it.
– Vaseline between and on top of your toes. I never tried this, but Jay swears by it.