My question is around nutrition while running. I struggle with gels, and after experimenting have found the best combination for me is SiS energy drink, SiS energy bar and some jelly babies - but this only amounts to around 80g carbs which I believe isn't enough for a 4 hour + marathoner weighing 60 kg.
Is this likely to be enough of an issue in terms of energy levels on race day that I should try and force myself to eat more, even if it causes me to feel a bit overly full/nauseous?
Orbutt - thanks, worked, got it! Now off to get obsessive about visualising/picking spectating...
HeatherS - torties are the best cats
Betzza - what about dropping back to more like 15 than 17/18? Agree 10/11 or even nothing could put you in a better position for the race but depends on how much wiggle room you have in your schedule and how things have gone so far. If possible I'd save the 17/18 to the week after the 20 as your last long one before Paris.
Hi all, been lurking for a while, enjoying all the advice and reading others tales of glory/woe while training.
Like some others I've had times in the past few weeks of just being absolutely wiped out with it, I feel I could sleep all day and could also eat everything in sight. The long runs are really debilitating sometimes, but glad to see that this is "normal".
I've been doing the FIRST training method for the first time (3 x runs a week + 2 x cross training) and although the running is less than I have done when marathon training before, it is much harder running in terms of pace/all the runs having a focus than what I have done before so am pretty sure this has been a good gamble. The mental aspect is the hardest bit for me, once I am in pain and others start walking I find it hard to keep going and sticking to my own race, but am determined to do it this time.
My other weak area is nutrition but I feel again I am doing better with this now than in previous years...I do find it hard to eat/drink enough carbs while running. I can't stand gels so use SiS energy bars, but I think having one of those + a few jelly babies + one 500 ml of SiS drink isn't enough - it's around 85 grams of carbs and over 4+ hours I believe I should be having at least twice that. However I also know from experience that having more just makes me feel sick/full. This is an area I'm still experimenting with!
Can someone please share the link to a "good" map of the course? The link I've got in the field guide isn't working. I'm fed up with printing off all the tiny versions I've found elsewhere!
Am now starting to feel more excited about the race as it gets closer and feels more real - but also scary!
I'm in! Ran this one in 2012 and 2013, missed this year's due to an operation. I have to admit I felt a bit of dread watching the TV programme and seeing all those out and back bits again, but I love Brighton and can't be doing with messing around with London. I'll probably dip in and out of the thread for a while until training starts. Glad to see some old familiar names still about!