- Mar 22, 2008
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- Vendee, France
Its our real stone age heritage (not that Paleo diet bullshittery): Doing too intensive training feel to our body like we had been running away from a predator or beeing hunting ourselves, and our body in first place expects us to be running again soon, so refueling as quickly as possible is needed: Sugar, Fat, High protein. And as much as possible in a short time.
Can be done on the go as well. I used to do my runs basically 'dry(, only carrying phone, keys, headphones. That changed after a nasty hyperthermia event in summer to include a bottle of water (back in the day, I could take a route that went by, or had a natural spring on a hill as it's turnaround point, so I could refill it there and maybe pause and drink more water on really hot days. But it really is a case of giving the body what it needs asap. Nowadays, I drink some hydrate powder type of thing before running and it actually helps a lot with the run itself. I wouldn't imagine taking anything during my 7min/km 3-4km slogs nowadays, but back when I did run a marathon, I think it was the glucose pills and the hydration that actually made it bearable and manageable. I hit the wall harder during training than during the actual run. Usually I couldn't go past 30km 'dry', even while training for the marathon. Once did 35, but it was grueling. But add some fuel along the way and it all gets better.
Same goes for the bike runs. I sometimes do long cycling trips to the sea. We're talking 80km or more, but I leave at 9am and come back in the evening, so it's manageable. Of course, I used to bring water etc, but that's it. It was a good way to self-sabotage myself into some pretty exhausting stuff, since often enough I arrive there while having to pedal into the wind most of the time, then I stay too long for photos etc, and in the afternoon/evening, the wind dies down and now I'm also facing a long ,steady climb back. So, the trip back usually meant I pedalled on basically low-energy safe mode and ended up getting home at 10-11 PM etc, but actually bringing snacks and putting that hydration powder in water meant that I could actually keep a constant cadence and speed going back, even if not super-fast etc. And that change was noticeable in a timeframe of a week, so it wasn't a case of my legs adapting etc