Sunday 26 August - 10 mins slow, 2 x 5 mins brisk with 4 min jog recoveries, 10 mins slow
Today I ran along the NW cycleway because it is flat. I felt flat too. I don't think I'm very good at running such long stretches of straightness, although the lack of traffic intersections is extremely positive. I took Jenn's advice and ran later in the day!
Tuesday 28 August - 30 mins slow
Thursday 30 August - 30 mins slow
Friday 31 August - 65 mins slow
I'm loving my long slow runs! I get to explore new areas and running routes, each time running a little bit further - this time I made it to Meola Reef. Like last week I ran early afternoon when it was fine and warm, and so made sure I took my little wrist water bottle. At my halfway point I took an energy gel which used up all the water, but I refilled at Western Springs (the water fountain, not the lake!).
Did the energy gel work? I don't really know! I suppose I did have a bit of a second wind a few minutes later, but that could easily be attributed to other factors - some shade finally, interesting distractions, or simply the placebo effect. I used Horleys Replace Gel that somehow found its way into trolley at the supermarket. One sachet slides neatly into the cover of my water bottle which is handy:
You're supposed to consume it with 300mls of water, and you will understand why as soon as you start to do so. My water bottle is only 200mls, so I made sure I drank more at my next water stop just in case I dehydrated and frizzled up before I got home.
I suppose you'd need to take a couple of runs under similar conditions and compare results with and without energy gels, but then how do you know if you are just having a bad/good day or not? Time and experience will tell I suppose.
Have you tried energy gels before? And have you found them to work?