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In this episode I give you the secrets of conquering the long run, Trevor finds himself getting addicted to running, and in the quick tip segment – the most important thing a serious runner must wear.
The long run is undoubtedly the most important aspect of training for a marathon.
There is no way around it, in order to run 26.2 miles, you will have to build up your ability to run long.
We asked our facebook fans to send in the biggest challenge (physically or mentally) they face in running long . . . keep reading to see the questions and answers.
Q and A with Angie
Q: How do you find the time for a long run?
A: I always schedule my run in advance and do it first thing in the morning. I make sure Trevor is going to be home to watch the kids.
Q: How do you balance running with family issues?
A: Running will add quality and quantity to your life. Being healthy and fit will make you a more positive and productive person and set a good example for those around you.
Q: What do you eat and drink during the long run?
A: I hydrate before and after a run. If I am running over 1 hour I use a sports drink. Make sure to eat a light easily digestible carbohydrate meal at least one hour before running.
Q: What about Pacing for Endurance?
A: Start out at a slow and comfortable pace. Take walk breaks as needed. If you feel good toward the end, increase your pace and finish strong.
The next podcast is all about mental strategies for conquering the long run. I recommend having a race or goal to work towards and be obsessed with that goal.
Q: What about stomach issues?
A: Don’t eat a large meal before running, especially one that contains protein. Eat a light easily digestible carb meal at least one hour before running. Experiment with sports drinks and gels that settle well in your system.
Q: What about staying injury free?
A: Take one day each week for rest and include focused cross-training in your schedule. Make sure you stretch after every run and build strong core muscles. Stop or slow down at the first sign of injury. Check out our podcast on injury prevention
Also mentioned in this episode: Road ID
RoadID speaks for you when you can’t speak for yourself. For a very reasonable cost you can get a personalized wrist, ankle, or shoe ID. They also offer an interactive feature so that emergency personnel can access your medical record through the phone or online.