I've just popped into Holland & Barrett and they appear to have an array of energy bards available. I'm finding it difficult to distinguish between which offer the more instant hit of simple carbs, and which offer the more slow release complex carbs. Does anyone know of anyreadily available (i.e. not to difficult to source!) energy bars which offer complex carbs?
Essentially, although I've planned my main meals each day, I am looking for mid morning/mid afternoon complex carb snacks to have on Thursday and Friday leading up to Sunday's marathon (I will switch to simpler carbs on Saturday). I can't eat bananas all the time! I won't have time to make anything so it would need to be something hassle free. I was considering rice cakes but I would imagine the 'rice' content is deceptive
I'm running London Marathon (aiming for sub 3:10) and, shamefully, have yet to give up my 10-20 per day smoking habit. I am of course fully aware that i need to give up for several reasons but i wonder whether, with only 3.5 weeks to go until the big day, it maybe should wait until after London. The reason I say this is that I understand that people who give up tend to cough up all sorts of nasty stuff for a few weeks afterwards, and that they are also prone to catching colds due to a change in immune system.
Are there any ex-smokers who can offer advice? Many thanks
Wonder if anyone has experienced what I describe below or got any advice?
After 15 years of running, I had my first proper sports massage last Tuesday. Prior to my massage I had a few niggles but generally was in decent form. Massage was an hour, he went very deep and it was extremely painful. He said everything was very tight, especially ITB. Could barely walk that evening and the day after, and I had some bruising. It's worth mentioning that this chap is used by so many people at my running club, and they all sing his praises
I could walk properly on Saturday and so tried a parkrun. Muscles did feel a bit looser generally, but I now have a niggle that I've never had prior to the massage. However, the main problem was a sudden complete lack of energy in the legs during the run. Therefore I had to do something I've never done in parkun - walk (3 times)
I rested, ice bathed, stretched, and then did an 8 mile race today (Wednesday - 8 days after the massage). I treated it as a run, not a race, and set off over a minute per mile slower than race pace. To no avail - the niggle was still there and, again, absolutely nothing in the legs. I walked after 3 miles and walked 11 times in total! I appreciate it was hot but I could feel the lack of energy from the start
Anyone had anything similar? I'm reluctant to go back to the massage therapist as my experience of sports massage so far is negative.