Talkback: A good start: Pre-race breakfasts

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25/02/2013 at 14:06
I am training for the Greater Manchester Marathon on 28th April. This will be my first ever Marathon and have only raced 10k's in the past. I am following the training plan and am up to 15-16 miles on my long run. I tend to do my long run very early in the mornings and sometimes run 15 miles to work at 5 a.m. I just wondered if you could suggest what (if anything) and when I should eat before? Have you any tips on keeping up energy levels in the last 2-3 miles?
25/02/2013 at 14:07
I am training for the Greater Manchester Marathon on 28th April. This will be my first ever Marathon and have only raced 10k's in the past. I am following the training plan and am up to 15-16 miles on my long run. I tend to do my long run very early in the mornings and sometimes run 15 miles to work at 5 a.m. I just wondered if you could suggest what (if anything) and when I should eat before? Have you any tips on keeping up energy levels in the last 2-3 miles?
26/02/2013 at 20:43
Hiya! I am doing the manchester marathon on the 28th too! Only up to 11 miles so far but doing my first 16 this weekend and dedicating the next too months of weekends to make up for it! it is my first time too
26/02/2013 at 23:16
Just take it real slow and don't worry about time. It will get tough after 11 miles but just stay positive drink lots on the run and take some jelly babies for a boost. It worked for me and you will feel tired but great afterwards.
27/02/2013 at 12:07

Hey all i am also running my first marathon (manchester) have ran the last 4 or 5 bupa manchester 10k runs my quickest time was 41 min I.started training properly for the marathon in december,completed a half marathon about 2 weeks ago but am running about 25 to 30 miles a week,although my last 3 runs since friday have totalled around 25 miles,i try to eat lots of pasta and porridge,toast for breakfast.really looking foward to the Manchester Marathon,I was really focused on pushing myself but after talking to others who have run Marathons some have told me to get as many long runs in as possible at a slow pace.

27/02/2013 at 13:28

Steven, I have also done the last 3 manchester 10k runs too and my best time is 50 minutes so it sounds like your much faster than me. I must say though that I am doing similar weekly mileage to you at 25-30 miles but have stopped focussing on times. I think it depends how you feel each day and so I try to just increase the length of my long run every week or so by a couple of miles. I ran 15.2 miles into work from Bolton to Manchester last Friday and felt great (but tired) when I had done it. I am doing it again this Friday but will just try to enjoy it rather than beat myself up on time as if I do that I feel less pressure and I would be disappointed if I didnt beat my last time. I have read that trying to push for pace can result in injuries and that is the last thing that I want now we are so close after all the training. I just want to get to the start line and if I do in a fit state, I am pretty sure nothing will stop me from finishing.

27/02/2013 at 20:07
Yeah once we are out running, i will get through it, have done quite a bit lately had 1 rest day in the last 2 weeks. I did a little warm.down today as the weather was good but my legs were in agony so think a day or 2 rest might help as don't want to burn myself out, get a little obsessed though
28/02/2013 at 23:37
Try not to overtrain though or else you will get injured. Rest days are good for recovery.
04/03/2013 at 12:01

just had 2 days off so going down to my local club tonight to do some speed sessions.

 

03/10/2013 at 23:07

Hi, I am running my first Marathon in the first ever PlusNet Yorkshire Marathon on the 20th October and can`t wait. Just over 2 weeks to go, however Is it too late to start experimenting with Gels?

 


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