I love defying age-old wisdom. My defiance paid off during my recovery from the Akron Marathon.
"Don't try anything new on race day"
Thursday evening, as I was rounding up my race supplies -- namely, that growler of Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence -- I spied a tub of chia seeds in the supplement section of Whole Foods. I've been wanting to try iskiate (aka chia fresca) since reading Born to Run. It's supposed to be good fuel for both pre- and postrun.
That night, the Enthusiast and I mixed up a batch to try. I wanted to make sure I wasn't going to gag on it Saturday. The simple mixture of lemon juice, water, chia seeds, and sweetener made for a pretty tasty -- albeit gelatinous -- beverage. Add a little gin and it would be perfect.
Saturday morning before the race I made a chia fresca for breakfast and prepared the ingredients for one after the marathon. Along with the drink that morning I also ate a whole wheat bagel with cream cheese, a banana, and Greek yogurt with honey -- by far my biggest prerace meal ever.
I only drank water on the race course and consumed four GUs, starting after six miles. I never felt hungry, which I think helped me stay alert throughout the race and recover faster.
After the race I also donned the cheap compression socks from CVS and wore them for most of the rest of the day, most of Sunday while attending a lecture on Byzantine relics and walking around the Cleveland Museum of Art, most of Monday -- after a two-mile run -- while traveling, and part of Tuesday as I walked around a conference and expo.
Aside from my postrace iskiate, my rehydration plan consisted of two Three Philosophers at lunch and half of the growler of Chocolate Indulgence on Saturday. I drank the second half of the growler Sunday.
I'm fresh and ready for some running this weekend. Thank you for all your kind comments on my race.
Wherein it's time to move on.
Mike A. wants some foreshadowing: "Outstanding job! When's the next one?"
Answer: My next marathon will be Akron in 2011, my fifth consecutive, which gives me "Legacy" status. However, don't count on a PR because the race will be shortly after the Enthusiast and I get married. Next race? I'm looking for a 10-K and/or a trail race to finish off the year.
Miss Zippy is in awe of my unintentional race strategy: "I am really impressed at your surge/recover strategy. That approach kills me--if I'm not steady, it's not happening."
Answer: Surge and recover was not how I planned it. My attitude is what made it work.
Paul is ready to worship me: "Did you do negative splits after mile 20? (i.e. do I need to build a shrine?)"
Answer: No need to erect any false idols in my name. My 18-mile split was right at my average pace for the race.
Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates. Have a finely brewed weekend. Run well and drink well. Cheers!