Good morning from East Nashville!I went on a longer run yesterday morning to explore more of my new ‘hood. It was another humid one (though I guess this is the norm here, so I should stop complaining about it) but a good one. I made it to Shelby Park for the sunrise!I took it really easy yesterday, just trying to enjoy being outside and not worry about how slow I was going up the major hills around the park. See what I mean?!How cool is this mailbox? One of my many to-do items for our new house is to get a funky mailbox too 9.5 miles done and done! I wanted to hit 10, but then ran out of time. Oh well!More on the running front: Runner’s World wrote about a recent study on marathon nutrition. A bunch of researchers took 14 runners of the same fitness level (I know, small sample size…) and had half of them do whatever they felt like nutrition-wise during a marathon, and the other half follow a very specific glucose/water/sodium/caffeine schedule before and during the race. Guess who came in about 10 minutes faster, on average? The second group.
Pretty interesting, right? In my more recent marathons (after I bonked out from dehydration at a marathon a couple years ago), I’ve followed a semi-rigid gel schedule where I take one after the first 45 minutes, and then another one every 30-40 minutes after that (about 4-5 gels total) — plus water and/or Gatorade at just about every stop. In the study, the second group drank THREE CUPS of water every hour, and like 9 gels total, which seems like a lot to me.
What do you guys do in terms of fuel strategy before/during a marathon?
Anyways, speaking of nutrition… here’s a giant beer…and a giant burger!After months of wanting to try The Pharmacy, Anthony and I finally made it out the other night.
The Pharmacy only does a handful of things: burgers, brats, beer, and homemade sodas. That made ordering easy! We got a falafel burger and a regular burger, both of which were amazing. We decided that The Pharmacy’s secret to success is the soft, slightly sweet Provence buns. Yum.Of the two, we actually liked the falafel burger the best. It had a tzatziki sauce that was really flavorful. The tots with the regular burger were pretty spectacular, too.Plus we got to sit outside on the sunny back porch and watch all the hipsters roll in and out. We’ll definitely be back!
Hope you have a good day. I guess it’s time to go start mine!
- How do you fuel before/during a marathon?
- Burgers: veggie, bean, beef, or turkey?
- Locals: What’s your favorite Nashville restaurant?