Reed and I met for lunch last Friday and talked about our upcoming long-distance training runs (both of us getting ready for 18+ mile runs). We talked about the supplements Reed used for his last long run, and I decided to give them a try. I used endurolytes (electrolytes). They are little pills to help keep you moving. As Reed explained to me, you've got electrolytes - like your car's motor oil. Water is the fluids, sugar/carbs would be the gas, and protein the parts. You've got to have enough of each to keep your motor running - so to speak. I also tried "sportslegs" which has calcium and something else which helps get rid of lactic acid build-up (which can cause soreness in muscles after excercise). Plus, I had an energy bar at mile 12. All of this seemed to help a lot! I made it through 19 miles with little pain, and felt like I had a little left in the gas tank. Recovery was much better as well, as I wasn't all that sore the next couple of days. I even got a 5 mile run in yesterday. I did the 19 miler in a 9:30 pace, and that puts me a little over 4 hours for the marathon. Our real goal is just to finish standing up. Reed also did a very respectful 19 mile run and felt just as good or better. He also did a 5 mile run yesterday. Here's a note from Reed today - he's getting this down to a fine science... "My training plan called for an easy run today. I did 5, which was a little more then they suggested but it was a pleasant run. The biggest thing I discovered Sunday was drinking out of the cups is a major difference. Very difficult to do and keep moving. It messed up breathing and is probably dangerous in a crowd, also a lot gets spilled. As far as nutrition for me I tried Poweraid and Gatoraid after mile 12 every other mile. Seemed to help. I tried the Jelly Beans, didn't like. Took a couple of pieces of the bars with water a couple of times and they seem OK. Just not sure about carrying one where melting is concerned. Probably will stick with the endurolytes and alternate sports drinks and water. They start giving us fruit around mile 17. -Ben and Reed are training for the New York City Marathon on November 6th. My long run this week is 10 miles Sunday."
Ben and Reed's Road to the NYC Marathon, 10/5/2011 Update
Posted on October 5, 2011 at 8:13 AM
Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 2:18 PM