For starters, on Thursday and Friday, I tried out my carbo-loading plan. I wrote about it here last week. I'll admit I deviated from the plan. Here's what I ate with approximate carb counts:
Breakfast: Cookie Dough Cereal from Fitnessista and toast (92 g)
Snack: Apple and coffee (25 g)
Lunch: Tuna with Rice and cheese, plus an apple, a granola bar, and a handful of check mix (teacher's lounges are FULL of snacks at this time of year!) (95 g)
Snack: PB Sandwich (40 g)
Dinner: Salad and Chicken Sandwich from Panera (91 g)
Breakfast: Overnight Yogurt Oats with Banana (75 g)
Dinner: Pasta, chicken, and potatoes, plus cake (yay for retirement parties!) (143 g)
Dessert: Frozen yogurt with toppings (65 g)
Friday Carb Total: about 415 g...still way off
The next morning, I got up and at my race day breakfast of toast with PB and banana. Then, I waited two hours (about as long as I will need to wait between breakfast and the start of the race) and headed out for my run.
Let me tell you, it wasn't easy. I did three 4-mile loops, stopping for a quick water break after the first, and some water with two Fig Newtons on the second. I decided against the Gu or the beans this time. I wanted something that felt a little less "fake." They seemed to do the trick.
When all was said and done, with walk/drink/snack breaks, I finished 12.06 miles in 1:48:57...right on pace for my sub-2 hour goal!
So, here is what I learned from the mock race:
I need to carb up better. I'm hoping that if I get a little closer to the carb count I was shooting for the fatigue will hold off a little longer.
|Bring on the muffins!|
My running shorts will not work. Definitely uncomfortable for that distance. Currently trying out something new. Any suggestions would be super helpful!
Make sure to time my snack near a water stop. The Fig Newtons seemed to work, but hard to eat fast without water.
T-minus 11 days until my next half marathon! Can't wait! :) Hopefully I will hit that time and get the big thumbs-up from my favorite cheerleader!
Do you run a "mock race," or am I crazy?