You may be thinking, "Oh cool!" or possibly, "Um, why?" Or maybe both.
I have a coach, and now I'm working with a dietician. You'd think I was training for the Olympics or something. What next? A personal masseuse who comes to my house weekly? (Wouldn't that be sweet?)
Racing has become a serious thing for me. For starters, let's take a look at where I live:
My closest race options are in San Diego and Phoenix, both approximately three hours away. Sure we have a handful of city races in Yuma, but they are L-A-M-E. (No offense, Parks and Recreation, but they are!) There's not a whole lot that lies between these two cities other than mountains and/or desert. That means that racing involves not only an entry fee, but gas, lodging and food expenses. And the element of time to make it a weekend event. With that being said, it's really only logistically possible for me to do 4, maybe 5 races a year given my husband's schedule (both for work and any races he'd like to do) and my oldest son's swim meet schedule.
For 2012, I am thinking that I can swing possibly 3 marathons and 2 half marathons. That's it.
I want the next 4 out of (possibly) 5 races to be really *quality* efforts, so I've decided to enlist the help of the pros. I decided during my last marathon training cycle that I would seek help in the eating department during my next training cycle. With almost 8 weeks until Pasadena, it's time for Nutrition Success!
I can't remember exactly how I stumbled across Jackie's blog, but she is amazing. Over the past several months, I have really enjoyed reading her take on nutrition, hydration, and pre-, during, and post-refueling efforts. She even did the coolest race report on exactly how she fueled and hydrated during the 2012 Olympic Trials.
This is the kind of stuff I'm hungry for lately. Pun intended. It's time for me to really buckle down and concentrate on how I'm fueling myself for my race training. I have a decent diet, but I'm certain that there's tons of room for improvement. I'm excited to see what she has to say about it all, especially for fueling during races. I have to be honest, that element of training/racing is possibly what stresses me out the most. I want my body to run smoothly and efficiently, so I need the perfect fuel for it. It's not always easy to know "how" to fuel though.
I'll let you know how goes! Look for some exciting and informative posts from me next week.