Rocket fuel Gary TebbuttWednesday, 15 August, 2012
I thought that I had learned a valuable lesson this week. I must eat and refuel sufficiently after a hard session.
As George Bush Jnr is reported to have said ‘its not rocket surgery’ and I have been told many times already during the early weeks of Operation Ultra to ensure that I adequately refuel. However, Monday morning was not good and the day got worse from then on. Finished Sunday night with a 1 hour easy run after a 2.5hour long run in the morning and a good hill session on Saturday. Woke up Monday morning extremely tired, joints and muscles aching and generally feeling down. Didn’t pick up all day at work and eventually realised that I had not eaten adequately yesterday. I was back to the way I used to feel prior to joining Operation Ultra. I had better quickly get my head around refuelling and eating correctly or I suspect I will suffer more as the training mileage increases.
The rest of the week went very well and mirrored the previous week for mileage and types of run.
A visit to the physio on Tuesday proved invaluable. Much better form and ‘comfort’ when running the following days.
Then the weekend came around again. Continuous hill session Saturday morning, 2.5 hour long run Sunday morning but I also did a steady 7 miles Saturday afternoon with my son Paul who is training for the Great Cumbrian run. Sunday afternoon shopping with my wife and suddenly felt very light headed. Here we go again! Immediately grabbed a cereal bar, banana and chocolate milk shake. I could feel the energy flowing through me. I had fuelled up prior to, during and after the long run with Gatorade products (and fruit loaf during the run) but didn’t have a meal afterwards, just a slice of toast. Obviously not enough.
Due to do a 1.25 hour run Sunday night after the long run in the morning. I really did not want to do this as I was aching and very lethargic. Got out the door and the first 2 miles were very uncomfortable but after that absolutely great! Loved it. Very strange.
Looking forward to an ‘easy’ week next week.