Carrying the gels wasn't too bad, but I've been used to doing that on the training runs. I have an elasticated running belt with an expandable pocket. I can also fit 2 gels into the pockets on each of my hand held running bottles. Vega gel packets are considerably larger than other brands (like PowerBar) so they take up more room, but they're worth it - I think the coconut oil makes a huge difference to endurance.
Plus they has GU at two stations along the marathon course, and I drank coconut water with juice, so I got more calories that way too.
The course is amazing - such beautiful views! You know, they do a 5k and a 9 miler.... might be worth a look at
As for where the training goes next... good question. I was convinced before the marathon that after I'd ran it, I would drop to half marathons since the marathon training is hard. But I was (and still am!) on such a high after the race that i want to run another one
I think my next one will be the Sedona marathon in northern AZ, so it's only a hour drive away compared to 14, and we know Sedona pretty well - equally amazing views of high desert red rocks!
I might look at a half marathon in town in November. I don't want my long runs to drop much below 14 to 16 miles.
In the meantime, I'll return to concentrating on weights, especially for the summer here in Tucson,AZ where it's regularly 110F in the shade. So I plan to hit the weight room 4 days a week and work primarily on toning and gaining lean definition rather than bulk. I want to work the whole body but I'll fine tune exercises that will strengthen the muscles I need for distance running.
I also want to pick up the yoga for athletes to keep the muscles flexible, and I'll continue with the foam roller - which is awesome! I was pleasantly surprised how effective it is.
Speaking of weights, I actually went and worked out today - felt good!
Pulls ups with hanging leg raises - 2 sets x 8 reps @ body weight
Db bench press - 3 sets x 12 reps @ 80lbs total
Db incline bench - 3 sets x 12 reps @ 70lbs total
Db shoulder shrugs - 3 sets x 8 reps @ 80lbs
Db lateral raises - 3 sets x 12 reps each arm @ 20lbs
Db front raises - 3 sets x 10 reps each arm @ 20lbs
Seated shoulder press - 3 sets x 12 reps @ 120lbs
Seated leg press - 3 sets x 16 reps @ 235lbs
Standing calf raises - 3 sets x 12 reps @ 195lbs
Seated leg extns - 3 sets x 10 reps @ 90lbs
Prone leg curls - 3 sets x 10 reps @ 80lbs
Hip adductors & hip abductors - each 3 sets x 10 reps @ 110lbs
Cable crunches - 3 sets x 30 reps @ 140lbs
Low cable row - 3 sets x 10 reps @ 160lbs
Seated back extns - 3 sets x 20 reps @ 165lbs
Phew! I think that was it... took around 2 hours, but it sure felt good
Back to healthy eating too:
Breakfast - coffee with rice milk, muesli with flax milk
Post weights - hemp protein shake
Lunch - brown rice with black beans, mixed berries
That's as far as I got with food today
We're planning on having family swim time this afternoon and Mexican food for dinner.