To run ‘light’ has a lot of different aspects. Many things that have to come together for that perfect run where you feel like you are floating along and could run forever. To me, one of the most important things that factor into running light is your actual weight – which is an obvious one. Usually race weight is a few pounds lighter than your normal weight, if you are lucky and don’t eat too much during taper. So by the time race day comes and you finally get to run again you feel extra light.
Another part is what you actually carry with you. It’s quit possible to have a few electronics attached to you along with keys, energies, water and who knows what else. The essentials are usually the Garmin, I-phone/I-pod, shuffle, sunglasses, earphones, fitness belt – with keys, Stingers, salt, money, ID, etc. All these little things can add up. Sounds crazy but the I-phone can start to feel heavy after carrying it for a certain amount of miles.
The third and one of my most important is what you eat and drink the day and night before. Trust me… I have run after eating taco dip, pizza, drinking beer etc. and it isn’t easy. All this in your stomach can really weigh you down and make you feel sluggish. Too much water the morning of also leaves you heavy and ‘sloshy’. Loading up on water the day before and then having just an 8ozer before the race or run usually seems perfect to me. Then once you start to sweat you can add the water back in. Eating just the right amount of carbs and proteins the few days before hand seems to be the best way to go. I’m not huge on ‘carbo loading’ – unless beer counts? But the night before a run I do like to get in a little bit of wheat pasta with broccoli and chicken – perfect!