Bizarre...thought I'd posted a reply before....
Anyway...Ricky, you are forgetting all about the successful first 14 miles that you had! Which you ran at a decent old pace might I say! I could never run that far without fuel! I certainly wouldn't be rethinking my goal time or pace based on one dissappointing run! I'd see how the next few go before being too disheartened! What do you think Dave?
Come to think of it I remember commenting to my running buddy at mile 12/13 that I was feeling hungry .... he offered me jelly babies but foolishly I declined saying that it would pass .... we learn from our mistakes I suppose.
Ah!!!! Thanks Carl! Thought I was going mad!!!!
Ricky, sounds like a classic bonk to me. It comes on suddenly, you feel like you have no energy left at all. If you've been reading some of the other threads you'll notice some people like to run without eating much, but that's not something you can just do if you're used to running 'fuelled up'.
Probably a good thing you've done it today - you'll hopefully have an idea of the early signs if it's going to happen again. Not nice when you've a fair way to go!
Yes, it was windy yesterday, which makes any pacing troublesome. Sometimes you just have to run and not worry about pacing too much.
If you're going to eat before a run then yes, you need to let it settle. Some people can go further without eating, it's a personal thing. You can adapt to an extent but I'd suggest that this point in spring marathon training probably isn't the time to be trying anything too experimental, unless you've got a real problem with what you're doing now!
Personally I rarely drink during any long run, unless it's stupidly hot which rules out January! I do try & make sure I'm hydrated before I start though, as I'll get stomach cramps if I don't. Certainly in the colder weather I would try & get used to running with less water, as long as you're still running comfortably.
If you want to have some water, there are some alternatives to carrying it with you:
Run a lapped course, and leave a bottle somewhere discreet so you can have some every lap.Take a smaller bottle, and route somewhere you know you can fill up: water fountain, mates house, friendly running shop. Avoid stagnant ponds though Take some cash and buy a small bottle halfway round your run if you need one.
Rest day today. Weather for the morning at 6 am looks positively balmy (6 degrees!). So it'll be up and out in the dark for me. Will test the niggle before launching into intervals...but here's hoping!
It was blowing a gale yesterday but it was my first run outside in what felt like ages! Loved in and ran 11 miles @ 9.43 pace.
Looks like people are generally doing great! Well done everyone.
I think I prefered last weeks weather.
It is raining and blowing a gale. Hopefully it will have calmed down by tomorrow night when I go for a tempo run.
Best of luck in the morning Rachel. I don;t know how you do those 6am runs.
Dave thanks for the advice... it did come on suddenly was quite disconcerting to be honest. I am wondering was I a little dehydrated also - it was cold & windy so I didnt feel thirsty plus chatting distracted me from taking a few mouthfuls of water on each mile split which I normally do (only drank about 100mls whereas I usually take on a full 500 mils on an LSR. Had 3 layers on also and the bottom two were completely saturated with sweat at the end of the run - scales also said I had lost 3lbs during the run! Never felt warm at all though during the run with the biting wind.Anyway - I'll take the positives and learn from it for the next one.
4 miles done this morning. Niggle definitely better but still noticeable, so didn't chance the intervals.
6 miles tonight in awful weather. Gale force winds and driving rain. Still, its better than the treadmill!
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