My ultramarathon is right around the corner (June 1st) and I wanted to get in one really good long run. I was hoping that it would be on a warmer day, so that I could acclimate a little bit, but that was not to be. In fact, when I started running today, the temperature was in the 30s (wind chill in the 20s), and even by the time I finished, the temperature had only made it into the 40s (wind chill in the 30s). LOL. Welcome to “Spring” in central New York.
I decided to run the 7.77 mile loop that the Green Lakes Endurance Run uses. It’s a nice loop that has some soft trails, some hard trails, some grass and a couple of big hills. I did the loop three times, which put me at 23.3 miles. Next, I ran the 5k course that only goes around the lower lakes. That put me at 26.4 miles. I added a little bit extra to get to 27 (OCD).
For fuel today, I had two 20oz bottles of GenUCAN, two GU Roctane gels (gag), one VFuel gel, one Picky Bar and some water. I think I took in about 700 calories during the run. Obviously, on race day, I will need to take in quite a bit more.
I ran the first loop in my Saucony Guide 6s and then I switched over to my Patagonia Everlongs for the remaining 19 miles. I really like the feel of the Everlongs – they are so comfortable! You should definitely check them out if you’re looking for a trail shoe to train/race in.
I feel pretty good about things. I’m already a little sore, but not that sore. I feel like I definitely had another 23 miles in me. It was a nice day for running, even if it was a bit chillier than I would have liked. Green Lakes is a great place to train and I highly recommend it if you are ever in the area.
What is your long run strategy leading up to races?