So today was my long run day. I had some porridge (more yummy rude health porridge) and then pottered around, did some cleaning and things to make sure I didn’t go out too soon after eating. I even put my water bottle in the fridge to cool it down!
I also loaded up my mp3 player with some podcasts; the latest marathon talk one, plus some radio 4 ones for after.
When I started running I was feeling pretty tired with heavy legs, but I wanted to go slow and steady so I decided I would keep on and see how I felt. In fact I ended up really enjoying the run; the sun was out, there was a nice breeze to keep me cool (er), there were loads of people out walking, cycling and running by the lake, and I really enjoyed the podcast. They had an ultra runner on there who did 100km! Crazy stuff!
I managed the run in 94 minutes, and it ended up being 8.5 miles or so, and I think the fact that I was running slower than previous runs was partly why I enjoyed it. My pace was really consistent, which I was also super pleased with.
Once home I was excited to try my new nuun hydration tablets.
The instructions are to put one tablet into 500ml water, wait 2 minutes and then drink. No stirring or anything.
So I did not stir at all, just watched the tablet fizz around and mix with the water.
And right before I had it:
It really did not need any stirring or mixing, so would be ideal if you were out on a really long run- you could easily carry the tablet tube and add one in to a normal bottle of water.
I tried the tri-berry flavour and it was nice, not too sweet, and not fizzy either (which is good). I really feel that I need to have some salts once I get back, as my face is always covered with a thin layer of salt. These little tablets have :
and citric acid, sorbitol, sodium carbonate, natural colours flavours, sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, polyethylene glycol, magnesium sulfate, sodium benzoate, calcium carbonate, acesulfame potassium, riboflavin-5-phosphate. They are also vegetarian (and vegan).
Anyway, so far today I have not got a headache, which I generally get after a long run, so I am hoping that one will not arrive.
I am looking forward to trying the other flavours now too.
I had a nutty 9 bar with that, then after a shower it was some bread, almond butter and cherries. Am looking forward to a cookie with sunday tea later 🙂
On the marathon talk podcast they were talking about routines following long runs (immediatly after e.g. what to eat/ drink, but also the following day)- to help recovery, so what do you do following a long run to help your body recover and to make sure you are moving on in your training?