Sunday, April 6, 2008

Bring on the taper!

First, to re-cap my running earlier this week:

* Monday - 3.5 mile 'recovery run'

* Wednesday - intervals on the treadmill. 5min warmup, 30min alternating 1.5min fast running (6.3mph), 1.5min brisk walking (4.0mph), then a 5min cool down - 3miles when all was said and done. This was actually a rather difficult workout for me, but I liked it.

* Saturday - hill running (2.0 miles total). The first mile, including up the hill, was 11:50. The second mile, including down the hill, was 9:20. It felt good. Next time I think I'll do that loop twice.


Which brings me to today, the last long run before the half marathon. The plan was 10-12miles total, 60-90sec over race pace. My desired race pace is 11:30min/mi accomlished by a 9:1 run/walk, so that suggests an overall target pace 12:30-13:00min/mi for today with the same 9:1 run/walk.

* According to the numbers, it was a good run. I accomplished the target distance and training pace by completing 11 miles in 2:21:09 (12:50 min.mi)

But in other ways, it wasn't such a good run. I happen to be running low on Accelerade. So I did something a little different today. I had enough Accelerade already mixed up for two 8 oz bottles in my fuel belt. I filled the other two bottles with some gatorade that we had in the fridge. I figured that I could alternate between the two and would be good to go. As it turns out, I guess Gatorade doesn't work so well for me. It made me feel a little sick and my legs felt heavy the whole time. Oops. Guess we'll chalk that up to a learning experience. I'll definately be stocking up on Accelerade and won't deviated from my "tried and true" nutition plan on race day.

Now it's taper time. Yippee!!

Oh yeah, and I still need to find/join a different gym so I can swim again.

26 comments:

  1. Yup, if Accelerade works for you, then be prepared!! Great job on the training Lisa! I know you are going to absolutely rock this half mary and cross the finish line feeling like a supa star! Enjoy your taper!!

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  2. Nice job on the long run. You are ready for the half. Taper well!

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  3. Enjoy the taper-the training is in the books

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  4. It's amazing how your body adapts to what you use and then doesn't like other things. Smart to stick with what has been working for you. Enjoy your taper.

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  5. Yea.. stock up on that Accelerade since most races only serve gatorade or powerade. Enjoy the taper!

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  6. Ahh taper dreams..i am jealous! good luck on your half marathon girl..

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  7. Maybe it was mixing the two?
    Have a lovely taper, and bring on the PB!

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  8. It's great to see you getting into your zone. When is your half marathon? Any suggestions for training? After I finish my first sprint tri this July I want to compete in the 1/2 marathon here in Budapest. I have a lot of work to do to get up to that distance in running. Your suggestions appreciated. :D

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  9. Uggghhh I hear you. My body is not a big fan of Gatorade either.

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  10. Nice run!! Enjoy the taper. :-)

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  11. Good Luck!

    Best to find out what works before the race...good to know you don't like Gatorade either!

    Enjoy your taper!

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  12. Great training, Lisa! Now enjoy your well-deserved taper :)

    I need to get some more Accelerade this week before my tri on Saturday. That's my favorite, too.

    I'm still hoping you'll join S&W so we can swim together!

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  13. Hey Lisa - sounds like you're on course for a great race! HAPPY TAPER!

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  14. Nice job on getting in your last long run before the race! Good luck with taper time.

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  15. I definitely wouldn't change your drink of choice if Accelerade is what works for ya. You really don't what the upset tummy & legs for the race!

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  16. Enjoy the taper...which seems very well deserved!

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  17. Puttin' a plug in here for my gym, sports and wellness. I like the Riverside location because it's close to the bike trail and close to home, and I like the Del Norte location where children aren't allowed in the locker room. They spoil you there, providing towels, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, mouthwash, hairspray, hair dryers, and more. Even a cool thing that squeezes the water out of your suit. Join! We'll swim together! :-) Oh, and if you do, tell them I sent you. Maybe I'll get a free tote bag or something.

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  18. Rest up and stock up on the Accelrade..

    You'll do great at the half coming up.

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  19. Your long run looks good to me. But if it didnt feel good then thats a different story. Who knew it would matter so much WHICH sports drink you imbibe?

    And a half marathon in just 11 days! That is soooo fantastic! Rest up. And go get em sister! For all us slow and steady runners!

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  20. I love my iron-clad stomach. I can do any of the -ades and come out alright. I've definitely heard of more than one person for whom Gatorade just doesn't cut it though.

    Enjoy the taper!

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  21. It sounds like you got some information you didn't have. That's always a good thing. Nice running and Happy Taper!

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  22. Sounds like you are ready! And what great workouts lately. I guess I had better step it up or I'll be left behind!

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  23. Enjoy your taper! Good thing to learn about the Accelerade.

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  24. Yah! Bring on the taper. Sounds like a good running week with a nice long run to end it with. Enjoy your week. You've done your training and are going to do great on your half!

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