Went out today and did just over 3.5 hours at "The Farm". I felt really good actually throughout. I think I ran smarter for starters and kept my HR manageable longer. Secondly I think I did a better job on my fueling. The timer works wonders and I didn't gulp, I just gave myself a shot and kept moving. I never got the gut pain I was having on my long runs before. I finished feeling very confident I can do more which is a good thing. I really need to hit that 4 hr. mark next month then start my taper for the 360 Minutes at Muscatatuck. I even remembered to bring along some Carnation and a banana for post run recovery to begin.
My only concern right now is my low back/hips. I'm pretty confident it may be piriformis related, but I'm not sure. Remember back when I was saying I really needed to make sure I was stretching and working my core hard? It's biting me in the ass now for not doing it as I had hoped. I have 6 weeks to stretch and strengthen it, but most importantly be smart with my training. If that means more time on the bike, so be it.
I'm planning on a VERY easy run at Bradley tomorrow to loosen up, then take Monday off completely except for some stretching.
Happy Mom's Day!