Real solid week of training - really happy how it all went. I was a little tired starting off the week with the B2B last weekend, so the schedule got adjusted, just the days, not the workouts. This meant a tough end to the week. Wednesday's tire run felt great - really feel I am getting the hang of the pulling. Friday was my first ever of the dreaded Tempo Hill runs on the treadmill. Sunday was the crowning glory of the week with a excellent run on the Gatineau Trails with my buddy Eric. We started in the little town of Chelsea at the beginning of the main trail, trail #1, running to McKinstry Cabin - The 18.5km trip out took just over 1:50, and the deal was that we would take it easier on the return - Ha, never with Eric. 1:43 return trip.
So for Sunday's long run I decided to start playing around with my nutrition. I know for longer races I will not be able to survive on gels, and I learnt in Utah last year how important early and constant nutrition was. I don't plan on making that mistake again.
I had order a couple of pounds of Chia seeds from Superseeds and they arrived last week, just in time. So plan was to consume 1 serving and hour or so before the run, and another serving during my nutrition breaks. Added to that was a flask of Soya Milk (idea I got from Scott Jurek's Blog), PB Cups (Sara's idea), and good old PB and Jam.
The Chia Gel was made from 15g of seeds combined with 1/2 cup of Pomegranate juice & 1/2 cup of water. How did it go? Well I have to say pretty darn well. Over a 3.5hr, 37km trail run all I consumed was the 2nd serving of Chia Gel, two BP cups (Eric had one), 1/3 BP Sandwich (gave some to Eric again), 250ml of soya milk and 500ml of eload - and I never bonked. Interesting. I am not going to go off touting the Chia seed as a miracle product, but I am happy with it's performance so far. More testing to come.
So this week is a step back and will see volume and intensity both decrease. Good time to get Christmas chores done and go on a much needed date with Kimber. Oh! and there is snow and colder temperatures in the forecast.