Last Sunday, Adam and I had a 20 mile run scheduled for our marathon training. On Saturday, I made sure to drink plenty of water and eat well all day! For dinner, we had lasagna to carb load. That morning, I woke up at 5:30am to drink some coffee, have a bagel with peanut butter and a banana and get energized for our run. It was a beautiful day out and I really looked forward to our run.
We started out our run with Porter. I wanted to make sure he got some exercise and can never tell if I’ll have energy for more exercising after such a long run or not. Porter joined us for 3 miles, and then we dropped him back off at home, got some water and went on our way. We ran from our house, to the Erie Canal, around some of the neighborhoods in that area and back home. I was feeling fantastic until we reached mile 11. At mile 11 we ran up a HUGE hill. It was long and steep. That hill took a lot of energy from me. Luckily, when it was over we got a nice downhill for a bit. Miles 18 and 19 I was really giving it all I had to keep going and was so thankful for Adam running next to me to encourage me to continue on. Without him even saying anything, I just keep pushing forward because I don’t want to have to stop him from completing the run. I was getting a nauseous feeling on and off.
Once we got back to the house, we got water bottles and drank some water and Gatorade while we slowly walked around the block. We stretched really well once we got back to our house, then went in to have something to eat. I read that it is very important to have something high in protein within 30 minutes of a long run. Every time we do such a long run, I make cold oatmeal for after. For this batch, I used oats, chocolate protein powder, chocolate PB2, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, almond milk, cold coffee, water and a tiny bit of maple syrup. I stir it up and put it in the fridge while we run. The oats get soft sitting in the liquids and it tastes delicious! This was our post run snack. I continued to drink water as we relaxed. After I got showered the ill feelings began to come back. I figured I was dehydrated and kept chugging along drinking water. I ate a couple popsicles to help with hydration. Then, the inevitable happened… I got sick.
Getting dehydrated from exercise has the same effect as drinking too much and having the worst hangover. You know what I mean? Not fun! I rested on the couch for a few hours drinking and eating until I felt well again. I did not want to waste the beautiful day outside! Adam and I ended up taking Porter for a slow walk at the Creek Walk downtown.
Even though this is my second time training for a marathon, I have not perfected hydrating and fueling my body properly. You can think you’re doing everything you need to be doing, and it still may not be enough. There are so many things to consider when fueling your body. Are you drinking enough water, eating enough carbs and protein, are you resting enough, are you training enough, did you sleep well, etc. The list goes on. All I can do is continue to keep trying different things. When something doesn’t go well, I can look back at what I did and understand that next time I need to drink more water. We stopped twice on our run to get some water, and next time I will make sure we add more drink stops in.