It’s been a week since I finished running 7 marathons in 7 states in 7 days and I am still getting a lot of questions about how my body made it through 183.4 miles in one week. Especially since prior to the 7 days, the most miles I had ever run in a week was 84 (once) and then 74 (once). A typical week of running for me is about 20 miles running and 20 miles walking totaling 40 miles.
During the week of marathons, I had a very regimented pre, during, and post-race routine that I want to share with you guys…just in case you decide you want to do something as FUN as this one day!
And BTW…if you want to know WHY the heck I ran 7 marathons in 7 days OR how I trained for it, I wrote 2 other articles about it.
Before I get into the actual races, we had a 24 hour drive to the first race. During this time I made sure I got up and walked at every rest area/gas stop, drank plenty of water and Recharge (I’ll talk about Recharge later), and caught a nap or two whenever I could (hubby was driving thank goodness!!). I wanted to at least arrive in WV loose, hydrated, and rested.
So here is the EXACT routine I followed every single day for 7 days…
1. Sleep – I set my alarm for the last possible minute to get everything done in the morning. I believe sleep is one of the most important things for our bodies and I knew I would recover better and feel better as a whole if I got enough sleep. Unfortunately, this was the one thing my body didn’t take to very well throughout the week. I had a hard time sleeping each night and almost always woke up before my alarm. But my intention was to sleep as much as possible. If I were to do something like this in the future, I would consider taking an OTC sleep aid to help me sleep through each night
2. Cool Azul (https://www.youngliving.org/expandtofreedom) – Every morning when I woke up, I would rub “Cool Azul” all over my legs, hips, and back. Cool Azul is a sports gel from Young Living. My friend Kim gave it to me before I left to use on my sore muscles. It’s an aloe based sports gel formulated with 10% essential oils.
3. Shakeology (www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/Shakeology) – After I rubbed myself down and got dressed for the day, I would drink Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with water. This is the nutritional shake I have been drinking at least once daily for the past 2 ½ years. It is vegan, I can drink it with just water so it is quick and convenient, and it is full of amazing superfoods and nutrients that have helped me become an incredible athlete over the past 2 ½ years. I would fill my shaker cup with cold water, empty the packet of Shakeology, shake it, take a selfie for Instagram, and then drink it.
4. Recharge (www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/Recharge) – Recharge is a sports drink by RW Knudsen Family. I love it because it is simple with nothing artificial added to it so my GI system does well with it over a long period of time. Basically it is apple juice, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and water. It is organic and tastes refreshing. You can buy it from most health food stores, but it is more convenient and less expensive to buy from Amazon. We stayed with a friend halfway through the week so I had a case delivered to her since I drank more than I had anticipated the first few days.
5. E&E (FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/E&E) – Energy and Endurance is the other sports drink I drink on a regular basis and I rotated it in with my other 2 drinks during the marathons. E&E not only has a blend of nitric oxide boosters, amino acids, natural energizers, electrolytes, and essential B vitamins, but also has a little caffeine to give me an extra kick when I am getting tired. This way I don’t have to drink cola or Red Bull which is on a lot of courses now. I love it because it gives me the kick AND taste is super mild lemon flavor working well with my GI tract.
6. Beet Performer (FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/BeetPerformer)-Beet Performer is 100% beet juice in a convenient can. Beet juice contains nitrates which help oxygenate your blood and combat fatigue. It has also been shown to improve stamina and strength and allow the body to recuperate better from physical activity by increasing the amount of oxygen and blood flow to the muscles, heart, and brain. It also reduces inflammation which is key in multiple day hard or long workouts. I had Beet Performer in my rotation with E&E and Recharge.
7. Shakeology (www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/Shakeology) – 4 out of the 7 days I drank a shake halfway through the marathon. On these days I felt a little hungry or more tired than normal so I wanted to add a little boost of calories and nutrients to help get me through the day.
8. Slip & Slide-LUBE!! The first 3 days I chaffed in places I never had before. I have a great lube I use for chaffing called Slip & Slide. Unfortunately the product has been discontinued, but I have enough to last at least another year. I used a TON of this stuff over the 7 days. It’s 100% silicone so it takes care of hot spots or any rubbing going on during my running. I used it every night too in all my chaffing places and by the 4th day, I was down to my normal chaffing areas. PHEW!!
Since I know I will run out eventually, I did find a replacement with the same ingredients as my old stuff. It’s called Ultra Pure Premium Bodyglide (http://amzn.to/1MNplSW). I’ll get some as soon as I am out of my stuff!
9. Shakeology (www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/Shakeology) – IMMEDIATELY after finishing the race no matter how much I didn’t feel like eating or drinking anything, I would make another Chocolate Vegan Shakeology. I brought my shaker cup with me, filled it with water at the finish, added my packet, shook and drank. NO MATTER WHAT!! And this is tough because I usually don’t feel like eating anything immediately when I finish a marathon, but it was vital for my recovery!
10. Ice Bath – As soon as we were back to the hotel, I immediately took an ice bath. Here is the secret to an ice bath because they are NOT fun! Sit in the tub WITH your clothes still on. Turn on the cold water and let the tub fill up. It will be cold, but it is very gradual and your clothes will keep you warmer. When the tub is full of cold water, add as much ice as you can get your hands on.
We were at a hotel so we filled all our coolers with ice and dumped them in. Sit for about 5 minutes then slowly start removing your clothing starting with your legs and ending with your feet. You can keep your top on but lift it up if you tend to get a sore back when you run. Sit for a total of 20 minutes if possible and then immediately take a warm (not hot) shower for as long as you need to warm up. I did all my race reports in my ice bath to take my mind off it. You can find them all here… http://conta.cc/1W0yGM8
11. Nap – As my AMAZING hubby drove us to the next state, I would nap as best I could. Like I said earlier, sleep is vital to recovery and I needed as much as possible. We had our dog with us so we stopped more than normal which was good so I could get out and stretch my legs every hour or so.
12. Epsom Salt Bath (www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/EpsomSalt) – When we got to the next hotel we would settle in, eat dinner, and then right before bed I would take a warm Epsom salt bath to relax my brain and my body.
13. Recharge (www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/Recharge) – Before bed I would drink a quart of Recharge to stay hydrated, replenish my electrolytes, and make sure I had lots of fluids in my body so that it would repair itself the best it could through the night.
14. Sleep – Finally, I would sleep. I had a hard time falling asleep but would lie quietly and still and meditate, visualize, or plan how awesome I would feel the next day while running 26.2 miles all over again.
So that’s it! That is how I ran 7 marathons in 7 states in 7 days.
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