This past week, a few of my running friends have mentioned to me “hitting the wall” while running. Jeff Galloway says “Your wall is normally the length of your longest endurance session within the last two to three weeks, provided you are going at the pace you could on that day. Even a little too fast in the beginning will introduce you to the wall sooner.”
This wall sounds like a scary thing. I do not think I have ever hit my wall while running. I would like to say that I have always been faithful to training plans, but the truth is I have not. I have been close to faithful, but never 100%. The reason I think I have not hit my wall is because I have never run past a half marathon length—13.1 miles.
So, what is the best way to refuel and rehydrate? The answer is simple. There is no best way. Everyone is different. I have heard all kinds of different ideas. For fluids—water, Gatorade, Nuun and Power Aid are common. I like the low calorie Gatorade because it is less sweet. For fuel, the possibilities are endless. There are tons of companies that make fueling product—like GU and Cliff. They make gels and candy like solids. I prefer a less conventional way of refueling—pop tarts. I love them, but don’t eat them on a regular basis because they are so high in calories. What better excuse to eat some Pop Tarts--"I have to replenish my glycogen supply". Jeff Galloway recommends gummy bears. I have friends who swear by Skittles and even Twizzlers.
A dream is a wish…