I really thought I’d have more answers than questions at this point. Five weeks out from race day and already a 20 miler in the bank and I still don’t know what I’m doing wrong or right. Some of the following questions have already been “answered” by my friends, family and run team but I am still asking myself whether it’s right for me.
1. Should I buy compression socks for post-long run recovery?
2. Was my eating of protein immediately after my 20 miler (unlike waiting an hour or more after every other long run) the reason I’m not sore after my longest run yet? Or is it just my fitness catching up? Or was it my stretching? (also new)
3. Am I running my long runs TOO conservatively?
4. Should I bump my next long run up to 22 or repeat the 20 like the training schedule says? Would a 22 miler under my belt help me more on race day?
5. Am I taking too much on-run nutrition instead of loading up on dinner the night before and breakfast the morning of? Do I have it reversed?
6. Will I still need as much sodium on race day (in DC) as I do on long runs here (south Florida)? Is sodium or electrolytes a heat and humidity thing or a long run wherever thing?
7. How much faster will my race pace be than my training pace? (guess this is rhetorical)
8. Should I use my CamelBak on race day?
9. Should I take/use my iPod on race day?
10. What do you wear in 40 degree race starts with highs of 60’s at finish? Run tights and long sleeve? Shorts and tee shirt??
Any insights would be welcome! I’d love to hear people’s training vs race day stories.
This is going to be a rolling question list, since I’m sure I’m not done yet. Every week I have more questions and less answers in my pocket. I guess you finally learn something on your second marathon, not before your first.