So, this happened yesterday… Henri and I are officially Massachusetts residents!
12 hours in the car yesterday brought the total time of our trip to 47 hours! To say that spending almost 50 hours in a car just a few weeks out from a marathon isn’t ideal would be an understatement. But I wouldn’t trade our move for even the biggest PR! I did my best to stay on track with my training this week and feel that I did a pretty good job.
Here are a few tips I picked up over the past five days about how to survive such a long road trip in the middle of training for a big race!
1. Wake up and get your run in early! It doesn’t matter if it has to be at 4:30 am on the hotel’s only treadmill. Get up and run! (and don’t forget to stretch after)
2. Start your driving days early too. The earlier you start driving the earlier you get to your destination and the earlier you can get to bed. Henri and I were up and on the road before 8 every day (and as early at 6:15)!
3. Wear compression socks. You’re bound to find yourself in some pretty uncomfortable seating positions throughout the drive so make sure to “keep it tight” and avoid muscle aches by compressing all day long!
4. Massage your muscles. When you’re sitting in a car for up to 12 hours in a day take the chance to give your muscles a little massage. I kept my stick handy the whole trip and busted it out a few times a day to work on my problem areas.
5. Stock up on healthy snacks and keep them close by at all times. When you run 10 miles in the morning you’re bound to get hungry so snacks are imperative! I had a cooler in my foot space that had apples, trail mix, pretzels, apples, granola, veggies and bread ready to go at a moment’s notice!
6. Keep fast food to a minimum – i.e. Still eat healthy! Excepting the BBQ stop in Kansas City we ate a pretty balanced diet on the road. Only dinners were eaten out (at my sister’s we had a home cooked dinner) and our breakfasts/lunches/snacks were all pretty good for you! Out of three meals eaten out two of mine were salad. 🙂
7. Have your hubby/friend/whoever you’re with drive the whole way. That way you can sleep, eat, and massage as much as you want!
8. Kidding! You should totally split the driving! Of the 47 I drove 2 and Henri drove 45… That’s like 50-50 right?
All in all out trip was great! It didn’t interfere with my training at all (luckily this week is the beginning of the taper!) and I was able to get in the runs I wanted along with a few other important aspects of training and recovery!
No questions today – my brain is fried. Tell me something random for this Friday!