Introducing First Timer Craig (aka BoDuke)
LMD - it seems to be totally individual. We always have huge pizzas the night before a race - usually fairly plain ones though - ham & pineapple / margaritas but that's just what works for us. Always fish & chips the night after!
BoD - ah! Now I see...
Gonna have to go buy a malt loaf now - can't remember whether I like them or not - I used to always have one in my ruck sac but I can't remember the last time I ate some ...
Random thought to share - my hot water bottle stops me getting crampy calves in the night! Not woken up with cramp since Christmas - bonus! Maybe something to do with vasodilation / warmth = muscle relaxant. Either way - happy days!
BoD - HOW can you say that! Pudding and dinner rolled into one - my favourite meal - right up there with chicken korma for the same reason - yummy yum yum. (What page is that on in the nutrition book?Sounds interesting - will go and have a look... ps RW - a decent index in that book would be ever so helpful - anyone know a good indexer - oh yeah me LOL)
p.s Hi Suzie
Susiebuzz wrote (see)
Hi everyone and Boduke, I'm also a first timer doing London this year and have a half marathon race on Sunday in Blackpool...if anyone has any top tips of how to approach this I'd be grateful. I'm tempted to go for a PB, I'm not fast so this would be 10 min miles but this is obviously a lot faster than my marathon pace which I'm guessing will end up being nearer 11 min miles. Do I go for it or do I practice marathon pace over a longer distance. Did 6.5 miles yesterday in 63 mins and felt ok but not completely sure I can sustain that over the full distance and don't want to get injured.... Any tips Good luck Boduke and all the other first timers, it's a daunting challenge but so exciting! Susie
Hi Susie, I'd say that your half marathon is far out enough from the marathon to race it rather than use as pace practice. But don't kill yourself! Work hard but, just see how it goes. It'll give you a good measure of your marathon potential and help you determine what goal pace to go for in the big one!
BoD, Agree, pineapple shouldn't be allowed on pizzas!
Ruth - bananas with black spots on - uggh. I have to liquidise them when they go an hour past being ready to eat!
Craig: Ha ha haaaa...I work for a Management consultancy so we tend to be sat at a desk hunched over our laptops all day or travelling with the laptop slung over our shoulders (which weigh a ton - you'd think in this day and age they'd be lighter by now). So we find we often have niggles and that coupled with some high pressure times through the year I think the company thought we could do with the massge help if we wanted to opt for it. Does feel odd though having a massage in a meeting room .
LMD: I swear by the Jamie Oliver Working Girl's (tuna) Pasta for meal night before a long run/race. I have a sensitive tummy when it comes to early long runs and have learnt to avoid foods in the 24 hours before that contain red meat or anything too fatty. Tuna pasta with Olives, tomatoes, capers, a tiny bit of chilli (though not too much for running on ) lemon juice and Basil is delish, light but nice amount of carbs. Then morning of long run I have plain porridge around 4 hours prior to run (so there's plenty of time for tummy to do it's work and have pitstop before the run).
Good luck with VLM - it'll be my first too!
OOOhhh mag arrived trouble is got too much work to do!!
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of travelling........run with a smile to quote Haille G....
Susie. You'd only be looking to run a tad slower in first half - maybe 5-15 secs per mile slower - not, like, 2 mins per mile. It's a common fear that if you hold back in the first half you won't be able to speed up but the truth is that if you go too fast in the first half you're more likely to suffer in the second half and slow down. Btw, if 10 min mile is your goal pace you could still aim for that, but defo not quicker, and then see whether you can speed up a little in the second half...
I've got a big barefoot running piece in the current issue But now - mid marathon training - not a good time for anyone to start experimenting! Stick to what you know. For now
Interesting conundrum on barefoot vs transition Sam - I'm really glad we started with the inov-8s system - going straight to 'flat' even for a few minutes would have been epic for us but now OH happily runs without his orthotics so something/somewhere must have been strengthened. And I'm definitely much lighter on my feet than I used to be. Roll on 155s for us next.
Is today a rest day BoD? Doing any stretching or strengthy stuff? Today marks the first day of rebuilding yoga into my life - new dvd has 8 different sessions on it ranging from 15 - 45 minutes. Thinking of doing at least twice a week so shouldn't get bored too quickly if do different sessions each week. Easy and short today!
Susie - know what you mean about indecisiveness - I've only just gotten a pace-o-meter thingy wotsit so my next half (in March) is gonna be a whole new experience. I've previously had to wait til I get to the mile markers to check my pace and had no comprehension of how people could manage themselves better. Now it all seems so simple - just have to get over the fascination of knowledge or I'll be falling over because I'm looking at my watch all the time! Maybe one day I will develop an internal speedometer but right now I seem to be able to speed up/slow down quite a bit for quite a while without really noticing much.
Oooh oscarr - liking the sound of your smoothie - love cherry yoghurt!
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