Strip At Night Las Vegas Marathon Training Run

[caption id="attachment_4698" align="alignright" width="272" caption="Las Vegas Marathon"]las_vegas_marathon_strip_at_night1[/caption] On December 4th I will toe the line with Emily of Run EMZ fame in an attempt to qualify for Boston.  My wife Karen, Beth of SUAR, Trish, SkibbaDoo, Jess, Beal and a whole host of others will be there as well.  This is not like any other marathon in that it starts in the evening.  The marathon starts at 4pm and if I run a Boston Qualifying time I will be done by 7:10pm.  As you can tell from this the race will start with the sun up and finish with the sun down, although I'm hoping the bright lights of the strip will make it somewhat easier on the body to think that it is still light out. Yesterday, I ran 20 miles and treated the day like race day.  I wanted to simulate what it would be like to wait all day and then run later in the evening.  I also wanted to test nutrition plans that I had read on the internet.  I wondered what would happen to me from the standpoint of the mental aspect as well as the physical aspect.  Would I be too hungry to run?  Would I be starving midway through the run?  How about when I might need to use the restroom?  So many questions to answer and I couldn't wait to get after it. In this post I am going to give you what I normally do on a long run day that takes place in the morning, what I did yesterday and what I plan on doing in my next training run for Vegas.
For my normal early morning runs I typically do the following:
1- At 8pm the night before I will eat a nut butter and jelly sandwich.
2- Wake up at 3am and have a Herbalife smoothie (~120 calories) and a cup of coffee with 20 oz of water.
3- Start running at 5am and on the run I will carry with me a 20oz water bottle that has liquified EFS liquid shot that equates to 200 calories per hour.  I drink a sip every 2 miles and it works very well for me.
4- Drink a recovery Herbalife smoothie (~240 calories) and eat a fried egg on toast ~190 calories)
 
For today's evening run I did the following:
1- Ate two nut butter and jelly sandwiches at 8pm the night before.
2- Woke up at 5am and had a Herbalife smoothies (~210 calories) and two cups of coffee with 20 oz of water.
3- Ate a meal at 11:15am of 2 pancakes, 1 egg, 2 slices of toast with nut butter and honey (~900 calories) with a Herbalife smoothie (~120 calories)
4- Drank about 40 oz of water through out the day.
5- Took a nap at 130p for about 45 minutes.
6- At 2:30 I drank another Herbalife smoothie (~120 calories)
7- On the ride to the run I ate a HoneyStinger waffle (160 calories) and took 3 First Endurance PreRace capsules.
8- On the run I drank my liquified EFS Liquid Shot every 2 miles.
9- Drink a recovery Herbalife smoothie (~240 calories) and eat a fried egg on toast ~190 calories)
 
I never felt hungry on the run but I did fell somewhat sluggish so this is what I plan to do for my next evening run:
1- Eat ONE nut butter and jelly sandwiches at 8pm the night before.
2- Wake up at 5am and had a Herbalife smoothies (~210 calories) and two cups of coffee with 20 oz of water.
3- Eat a meal at 10:00am of 2 pancakes, 1 egg, 2 slices of toast (~750 calories) with a Herbalife smoothie (~120 calories)
4- Drink about 60 oz of water through out the day.
5- Take a nap at 130p for about 45 minutes.
6- At 2:30 drink another Herbalife smoothie (~120 calories)
7- On the ride to the run I at a HoneyStinger waffle (160 calories) and took 3 First Endurance PreRace capsules.
8- On the run drink liquified EFS Liquid Shot every 2 miles.
9- Drink a recovery Herbalife smoothie (~240 calories) and eat a fried egg on toast ~190 calories)


As you can see I plan on eating an hour earlier so that my body has time to process the food before I go out on the run.  It was at the 2 hour mark that I had to use the porto-potty but up until that 2 hour mark I kept thinking about when I might have to go.  I was a battle of wills between my mind and my body on when this would occur and I think that pulled some energy from me.


In addition to making adjustments for my nutrition plan there was the situation with the time of day and the tricks on the mind.  The sun goes down much faster than it rises so that took me by surprise and played mind tricks on me.  As soon as the sun went down my pace slowed by nearly 30 seconds per mile.  It was as if the darkness pulled the energy right out of me but my legs felt great and my body was fine but mentally it zapped me and I was not prepared for that.


I would suggest that you bring a light with you or a neon bracelet or something to keep the light going so that your mind doesn't play tricks on you.  I also wore arm sleeves and they were necessary as the temps dropped about 5-6 degrees once the sun went down and the wind picked up a bit.


So I will try my new plan next weekend or maybe during the week to see what changes need to be made after that and keep going until 12/4 rolls around.

Have You Ever Run An Evening Race?  What Did You Do To Make It Successful?

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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