does not work for everyone.
Instead of my usual cup of coffee (more accurately my shot of espresso since that is my usual pre-long run source of energy) before my run this morning, I tried an energy shot (Street King from GNC) that a fellow running blogger recommended. It says it has the caffeine equivalent of a premium cup of coffee so I figured I’d feel the same as usual on my run with maybe a little extra energy from the added vitamins. Wrong. I was jittery and my heart was racing. It was awful. At one point, I was having trouble breathing.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the energy shot (or the blogger that recommended it for that matter!), I just don’t think I should take it before running. That was a good reminder for me that what works for someone else does not necessarily work for me. I’m glad I tested it out though so I know it’s not for me. It’s certainly better to learn these kinds of things on a training run rather than race day!
If you read a lot of running or fitness blogs, you’ll probably see bloggers – myself included – recommend their favorite gear, supplements, etc. If something peaks your interest, absolutely give it a shot. Just always remember that what works fabulously for one person may not always work the same for you.
During my run this morning, I asked hubby to join me with Zain at about mile 11 because I was feeling so crappy that I didn’t want to keep going alone. I didn’t have it in me to push the stroller so my husband did. You know what’s funny? Zain got really mad when he pushed it so I had to take over and then he was fine. Apparently, I am a superior stroller pusher :). I was still not feeling great so I called it quits at mile 12. I walked with hubby and Z for a half a mile back to our house.
I hated the thought of leaving my 15 mile run unfinished so I decided to try to squeeze out another 3 miles on my own. It wasn’t pretty, but I got it done. Fifteen miles in 2:28 for an average pace of 9:52.
From now on, I’ll stick to my usual pre-long run routine. You know what they say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
What do you do when you’re having a particularly challenging run? Do you push through or call it a day?