Just cut down on carbs a lot and eat less and didnt eat at night after say 7pm, also stopped eating takeaways and wine at the weekend.
But main thing was cutting down carbs a lot.
Mark, some of the others have given very good analysis and advice. It does sound to me as if you set your goals too high and then over trained. It sounds like you had put your body under a lot of stress in the months leading up to the marathon, with lots of training and with the restriction of carbs. When you work that hard it does take it's toll on your body and therefore it should be no surprise that you felt rough in the last week, when you finally reduced your training to a level where your body could recover.
Then, when it thinks it can start recovering you ask your body to run another 26 miles. It also sounds like you could have been dehydrated (you say you were thirsty) and had been taking medication known to cause bleeding. Each issue in itself probably wouldn't have been enough to ruin your marathon, but it sounds like there were a lot of contributing factors which mounted up.
It sounds to me that you were very lucky to have finished the marathon at all without medical intervention. It sounds like you are still too emotionally raw to be able to think rationally, but when you are feeling less angry I think you need to read all this advice again and try to learn from the experience.
Agree with SuperCaz and Jelly... their analysis and support is fantastic and they mean well.
@Mark - well done on your achievement and I'm amazed you managed to do it - so well done! When you've recovered; come back and look the advice and reply then. Take a breather and take a step back to understand the reasons.
@Zaftig - Analyse when you eat and what you're eating. I found that my portion sizes were way too big and more than they should of been. Once I had "retrained" my brain and stomach the pounds came off without really trying.
Mark, any update?
having passed a fair few kidney stones in my time, i can see that passing one towards the end of marathon would be completely and utterly excruciating...if this is what happened to Mark, he deserves a medal!
Hi guys, well im back, fit and ready after the ACL operation, half a stone to lose and im at 14 stone. I have my spot for London and trainings going ok after a few bumps and niggles and of course the awful weather.
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