Last Saturday, I ran my last 20-miler before the KC Marathon.
I had been a little unsatisfied with my nutrition plan during my previous long runs. Before, I was alternating water & a large gulp of Gatorade every 2 miles. Still, I was getting a more sluggish than I thought I should late in the long runs (& my stomach felt full & sloshed around with liquid too).
So I tried an experiment last Saturday. I drank more Gatorade every 2 miles. "Maybe the extra electrolytes would help me," I thought. Here's what I found:
- Mile 0 — Start at home. Should be a great run! I'll spend the next 3 hours working on next week's message during my run too (carrying paper & a pen on the run).
- Mile 2 — My first 2 big gulps of Gatorade. Not bad.
- Mile 4 — 2 more gulps of Gatorade.
- Mile 6 — And 2 more.
- Mile 8 — And 2 more gulps. Feeling good!
- Mile 10 — 2 gulps. Time to turn around at 87th & Antioch.
- Mile 12 — 2 gulps. Ok, I'm definitely feeling it in my legs. Must be the distance.
- Mile 14 — 2 more gulps. Hmmm. The Gatorade is starting to taste foul. And I'm starting to feel funny. Am I dizzy?
- Mile 16 — 1 gulp (that's all I can stomach). Ok, I'm definitely feeling dizzy on my run now. I'm safe running on the sidewalks, but feel like I'm weaving. That's a first for me.
- Mile 18 — No gatorade. Feeling sick. I give up & call my wife to pick me up. I'm ashamed. Am I a whimp? Or am I sick?
- Mile 20 — On the car ride home, I have the wife stop the car (not once, but twice) so I can empty the contents of my stomach over & over onto the street. How am I going to speak in just a few hours at Grace? And I'm thinking, "Maybe doubling my Gatorade intake wasn't the best idea?"