This week’s team run was 8 miles. The longest that I’ve ever run on my own was 10 miles, and that’s when I was training for my half marathon. So I knew I could do 8 miles, but I still had some butterflies in my tummy.
This was the first week of training where we had a water stop. Now that we’re getting in to the longer miles TNT will have water stops every three miles to help keep us hydrated and fueled. This is one thing I love about TNT. Long runs can be scary, but it helps to know that there are stops along the way, not only to provide hydration and fuel, but in case of emergencies. I always got nervous when training on my own that I would get to far away from home and my legs would give out on me and nobody would really know where exactly I was.
With the water stops now being introduced we also went over hydration and fuel options. My coaches made it clear that, with these distances we all need to be bringing some type of hydration pack with us on the trail, even though there will be water stops it’s important to be have water/Gatorade with you out on the trail. My go to hydration pack is my trusty Camelbak, which is always filled to the brim with water.
We also talked fuel options. The suggestion for long distances runners is gel packs, shot bloks, chocolates, or gummy bears. These are perfect because they give your body a boost in glucose, and are absorbed by the body quickly. I am a gel and shot bloks kind of girl, my body just reacts really well to them. One big warning though, if you consume gels, you MUST chase them with water. If you chase them with Gatorade you have an overdose of glucose and it can cause you to have an upset stomach…not the the thing you want on a long run.
After our hydration and fuel chat, it was time to get a move on.
Our run was on the mountainous east side of town, where we ran right along the basin of the beautiful Sandia Mountains.
The route was gorgeous, but very hilly. My legs were screaming at the end. But the views helped to keep me distracted. Here’s a peak at the elevations.
I was actually surprised that the 8 miles flew by. I felt like I was done before I knew it. 1:17 was my 8 mile time! My feet and calves were a little achy at the end, which I attribute to all of the hills.
Feeling strong and proud.
Here’s a recap of the week’s training
Feb 27 – March 5
Sunday: Hot Vinyasa
Tuesday: 5 miles in 49 minutes
Wednesday: Hot Vinyasa
Thursday: 4 miles in 39 minutes
Friday: 4 miles in 38:56 minutes
Saturday: Team Run 8 miles in 1:17
Mile 1: 9:40
Mile 2: 10:00
Mile 3: 9:06
Mile 4: 9:17
Mile 5: 9:06
Mile 6: 9:40
Mile 7: 9:13
Mile 8: 9:45
Total mileage for the week: 21 miles
Next week’s training schedule