Although I'm actually a track and field runner I have been training long distance over the last few months in order to get back into shape after giving birth to my lovely daugher (http://www.irisvanderlinden.tk)
back in April.
At the same time I started "The Zone" way of life and I must say that I've never run long distances so easily as I have lately. I'm not sure if this is due to the fact that I'm in the Zone or due to the fact that my blood volume (and therefore oxygen intake) is still increased as a side-effect of my pregnancy.
3 weeks ago I've become a 38th ranking in my first competitive 10 mile race (http://live.uitslagen.nl/damzoek.ph...stnr=3513)
in 1.28.15 where our team became 3rd overall (http://live.uitslagen.nl/dam/10embu...eam.html).
My preparation was as follows:
- normal "zoned" breakfast
- 1 block snack
- 1 block 1/2 hour before race
During the race I did not eat anything but I took some water at every stop. I also drank a lot of water the whole day before the race.
As for the shoes, I wear Nike skylon which is a lightweight shoe. I'm also supinating a little bit, but I prefer not to correct this by using inlays or corrective shoes but by exercises to make my feet stronger. Therefore I prefer a neutral shoe. (However maybe I'm not the best person to give you advice about shoes being a nike employee :wink: )