I am training for my first marathon and think it is going ok but I have had a couple of long runs which have been horrendous. I am running Belfast and have 8 weeks to go so probably 5 weeks of getting a few more long runs in before tapering.
So far I have run 3 12 milers, 3 14 milers, 2 16 milers and 1 17 miler. 2 of the 16 milers one of which was tonight have ended with me feeling absolutely exhausted. Tonight I felt nauseaus after the run for a good 45 mins and it has taken me 2.5 hrs to begin to feel ok. I geuninely did not want to run another mile tonight and i am worrying about the marathon distance. My wifes words to me when i returned were " you still have another 10 miles to do during the marathon!".
When I look at my mile splits I can see that I had 7-8 miles in the middle which were probably 30 seconds per mile quicker than i would be aiming for. In addition I think I am not fuelling properly and need to sort this out.
Today I ran at 4.15pm after work. I had two slices of toast for breakfast, some pasta and mince with bread and a nectarine at 12.30pm and then stupidly did not eat again before going out (apart from a small pack of sweets) I drunk lots of water, but this was too long not to eat before going out.
Additionally, I don't really think about what I eat and drink the night before. Last night i had pasta and chicken but I didn't drink a great deal of water.
So my query I guess.
Does anyone else hit the wall/feel like this in training?
How do you fuel before running in the afternoon/evenings etc.
guys thanks for the advice. Gyraffe, what you say makes perfect sense, I know I need to prepare better for the longer runs. It is one thing going out on a whim and running 5/6 miles but I am realising through experience that I need to prepare better for these longer runs.
When I committed to running a marathon I knew it was a long way but my respect for the distance and admiration for all who have completed it has grown immensley through my own training.
You'll be fine! Slow your LSr's down. Find out what drinks they give out on the course and practise with them, - if it's lucozade, try diluting it 50:50 wuth water- it is much easier to digest that way. Carry a water bottle so that you can take sips- I do this in races, rather than try to chug it all down at once- you don't need a big bottle, just 300- 500 ml will do, since you can top it up at each drinks station.
Pooridge 2 hours before the run is good, and likely to be availalbe at your hotel on race day- I use the instant packets, so it's easy to make at work if you have a microwave- or if not, the "add boilong water" ones are disgusting, but may do the job.
Chocolate milk after a LSR- there's nothing better!
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