Ok, I’m at the halfway point of training. Just ran 13.1 this past Monday. This run was slightly slower than goal pace, but still a sub 5 marathon pace. I will take it! With the training program I am using, it is suggested to run 30 to 90 seconds per mile slower than goal pace to avoid injury. I know there are several schools of thought on this, but I tend to agree with this one for new marathoners.
As for the rest of the week, I did my one day of cross training. Broke the chain at the end of my bike ride. Should have her up and running for my ride next week. Still seriously considering adding a second day of cross training. Will start doing longer rides next week since the babes go back to school.
Another quick 3 mile run, some indoor barefoot runs, and yoga. Sacroiliac joint is doing better this week. I am continuing with the post natal gentle yoga routine, which has been super. Body seems to recover pretty quickly after long runs.
As far as fuel during long runs, I have been going with pretzels and water. I was nauseated after the 13.1, but not during. I am debating either endurolytes as I used in the first marathon, or trying to get used to the Gatorade Endurance Formula (since that is provided at the marathon). I probably need something with a little more protein than pretzels, but the saltiness definitely works well with my stomach.
This week will be a 10 mile long run, and then I will start creeping up to the longest run of 20 miles a few weeks before St. Louis. So, the easy half of training is done, and the hard work lies ahead. Looking forward to the challenge! As always, run happy!