Previously, my longest cycle was 38km (remember this is a mountain bike on a road, not to be confused with a road bike on a road). I announced to The Cyclist that I would like to break that 40km mark early on Tuesday morning. Ok, I know this sounds small to any experienced cyclist out there but this is all about baby steps...
|My Bike Garmin - 40.5km|
|A Well Deserved Coffee|
As I had used my cycling and not my running muscles, I decided that a nice long run was now in order for Wednesday. Bad news is that I had bookclub on Tuesday night. Before leaving for bookclub I ate a huge bowl of oats (with fruit and nuts) and snacked on olives and chocolate eclairs at bookclub (there is a reason that I run). Having decided to do a long run, I stuck to drinking water and left at 10pm. I think my friends now know that I am the girl that always leaves first!
|Oats for Supper|
|Off Road Run|
In pushing the limits I find the following works for me:
- Have an exercise companion, it certainly makes all the difference in motivation and boredom levels.
- Carbo load the night before. None of this nonsense about just salad or veggies with your protein. I love eating a bowl of oats (breakfast for super) the night before a run.
- A good nights sleep is essential, I find I need a minimum of 7 but ideally 8 hours (and then a nanna nap at lunchtime too!).
-If I plan to train for more than an hour I'll eat a banana or a huge handful of raisons and drink a glass of water before setting off on my run or cycle. Get some sugar into the bloodstream.
-Electrolytes while cycling - I have only tried this once but found that it made a huge difference and think I may be come a fan of rehydration tablets.
- Avoid alcohol - we exercise freaks make excellent designated drivers, every time.
Have you had any experience with rehydration tablets?
Are you usually the designated driver?
What do you use to carbo load? Do you eat before a morning run?