Managed my longest run today, I normally run very early in the morning for an hour as I rise with when wife does at 5:30am as she has a bit of a commute to work, I then squeeze my run in before I have to get my son up for school etc.
This week though my wife is away and as Wednesday is a rest day from strength/weight training for me, I thought it would be an ideal opportunity for me to test my new Brooks Running Shoes out to the max, running later in the morning after I had packed my little one off to School. Previous to today the longest I had run for was 2 hours back in October, that run was a real spur of the moment thing, no preparation food or drink, this time I was determined to approach it more scientifically. For in run fuel I chose, Deglet Nour Dates, counting out 3 for each 30 minute interval, I'd read that as a general rule for averagely fit runners that muscle/cell glycogen levels are usually depleted just after an hour but that you should start thinking about fueling well before this point. I also prepared 750 ml of high5 zero for hydration.
I should just say at this point that this run was done on the Treadmill, for 2 reasons, the weather here today has been blooming awful (I know I should 'Man Up More') and secondly I can return these new trainers to the shop I purchased them from within 30 days if for any reason I am not happy with them as long as they have not been run in outside!
This is the first time I have ever used any in Run Fueling and I can say it honestly helped a lot, the difference in energy levels were noticeable, as I've said I run for at least an hour most days and often at the 50+ minute mark I can start to feel lethargic, at a minute 50 today though I was feeling fine, in fact I was able to keep my regular pace going right through to almost the 2 hour mark and at this point I really thought I would aim and carry on to 3 hours but it was though soon after this point that I started to get a niggly sharp pain in my left hip, so listening to my body I slowed the pace down by .5 of a mph, which helped a little but the pain was still reasonably concerning at the 2 hour 30 minute mark, not wanting to cause permanent injury I decided to sac the run at 2 hours 32 minutes (17.3 miles, Just short of 28k).
It was enjoyable and a welcome change from my normal routine, I am though in ore of anyone undertaking a Marathon! So good luck to you all, my thoughts and respect are with you