Introducing First Timer Craig (aka BoDuke)
Re : nutrition in marathon- I felt that after about 16 miles, I couldn't face any more sickly sweet gels- best solution?- different types of things to eat- I use a combination of chocolate flavours ( there used to be chocolate gels, but can't find them now, so use FRIJJ milk), cola - clif shot blocks, and watered- down lucozade sport towards the end ( full strength lucozade sport is too much), when your guts seem to get too "tired" to manage anything very solid. I carry some NUUN or ZERO tablets for electrolyte replacments, and add these to the watered down lucozade sport- all this chemistry on the move also means you have to walk through the drinks stations, pouring stuf to/ from various bottles, which is a good walk break, and avoids the risks of breaking an ankle slipping on discarded drinks bottles.
Post long-run, the best recovery food in the world is FRIJJ chocolate milk!
Craig - glad everything went well
I think you are right that the marathon is a massive psychological barrier, seems very scary. But then that is what makes achieving one so great.
Many congratulations on your selection! My name is Ruth, the Pro Team Dietitian. I am really looking forward to following your journey to Paris. Very impressed with your weight loss, giving up smoking and starting to run - 2011 was a great year for you and I am sure 2012 will be even better.
Lots of discussions on gels, SIS do the isotonic gel (no water needed) but also High Five called isogel (fairly new). I would say not to worry too much about gels/sports drinks/jelly babies until runs over 80-90mins. As a rule it is recommended to take a gel every 30mins (in marathon) BUT this is only a recommended guideline which you work from when new to running.
Glad your son appears to be doing well (I am also a parent).
I will only be on your thread a couple of times per week but I will do my very best to answer all questions! I will also see you at the end of the month at your next training day.
Yeyy Craig - glad all is well. As it happens I've just bought a book:
Brain Training for Runners: A Revolutionary New Training System to Improve Endurance, Speed, Health, and Results by Matt Fitzgerald (Paperback - 4 Sep 2007)
It's been sneaked up my reading queue to next one after I finish current novel. I'm fascinated by sports psych too - is the Noakes book you refer to his Lore of Running? Not read it - recommend it? I prefer not to run with my mp3 as I get sore ears from ear buds so I like to play mind games to keep myself entertained.
My favourite method for dealing with the boredom of the later miles is distraction. In my one and only mara I got bored at about 22 miles and tried Paula's counting distraction. I worked on counting double paces and every 100th time my right foot hit the floor I had a wee sip of water from the bottle I was carrying. It's amazing how much you have to focus to make it 100 without drifting off and losing count. By mile 24 I'd forgotten I was bored and was then on a mission to get to the finish... I start counting now whenever I start feeling like I can't be bothered or like heading for home. I also have a little mantra for when a race starts to feel too hard but I'm not sharing that - it's too personal - needless to say I reckon everyone should have three words that they can repeat to themselves to keep them going.
Really glad things went OK and you've managed to keep your eye on the ball with all this other stuff going on, well done.
Pace spot on for the intervals, too!
Re. psychology of racing/competition. Sure I won't get slapped for plugging the Feb issue of RW where I just wrote this month's Murphy's Lore column about just that subject...
Craig - pleased it went well for your little one! Hope back to work goes well too!
I have an interest in sports psychology (I work as a Uni lecturer in Health Psychology) and do some work with the sports scientists, fascinating topic!
yes that is weird about your heart rate. I suppose it's just a reminder that heart rate is always nothing more than a 'snapshot' of where you are that moment. It might have been that it took a while to get in the swing at first (could have been if you were a bit stressed/wired/caffeined up) but then things steadied out. But keep an eye on it - see if it's just a one-off or a pattern.
well done at making the 6. Glad to hear all going well so far.Don't forget the injury prevention stuff the core exercises and stretching we mentioned at bootcamp.
For recovery on your long runs I've found a protein shake after allows me to continue with all the family duties rather than lye on the sofa!
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