Did anyone run with the 1.30 pacer? I was aiming to run my first sub 1.30 and was going well until he accelerated past me at mile 5 as we went through the narrow gap towards The Oracle. My spirits went but kept going and then saw him in my sight at mile 10. I manage to catch him just before mile 12 and despite having no energy left, feeling very cold and legs hurting felt it was the nearest I had been to ever running under 1.30 so I went for it........I ran past him and kept going...I crossed the line some 45 seconds after him and my jubilation turned to disappointment as my time was clocked at 1.31. Still pleased with my time but felt very disappointed that I thought I had broken the sub 1.30.
I ran the Brighton Marathon last Sunday and followed a carb loading programme for the 3 days leading up to last Sunday that someone recommeded to me and it really did work! With the recommendation of 3.5lbs - 4lbs of carbs per pound of body weight, this worked out to 600g a day keeping total daily calory intake the same. It takes some doing to eat that amount of carbs - It was a lot of porridge, bananas, toast, bagels, scotch pancakes with jam, pasta, rice, energy bars to the point of carb overdose and have to admit that at the start line on Sunday I felt like Mr Blobby and sluggish for the first few miles but the energy boost kicked in around 4 miles and I managed an amazing personal best of 3 hours 15 mins which is some 30 minutes faster than when I ran Brighton last year and no "hitting the wall " syndrome! I was actually aiming to achieve a sub 3-30! There is a great app (free for 7 days) called Perfect Diet Tracker where you can track you calories, carb, protein and fibre intake which I would recommend as I had no idea how much to eat to get to 600g of carbs! Also eat reasonably early Saturday night, breakfast 3-4 hours before the race on Sunday and an energy drink 90 minutes before. Did take gels with water after each 6 miles. Worked for me. Good luck to everyone running London on Sunday - have a great race!
For some reason the Wokingham Half Marathon never appears as a listed event on the Runners World website. I find this surprising given the great half marathon that it is. Great event yesetrday (third year I have run it), organisation fantastic and runs like clockwork. It is generally flat (apart from crossing the 2 motorway bridges out and back), the rest is beautiful countryside and flat. Would highly recommend this one - great support from the stewards throughout the course, friendly and plnety of support from fellow runners and plenty of water stations en route. Well done Wokingham and look forward to next year!
Thanks - great advice. Legs feel okay today - feel slightly stiff in thighs but I am sure the "one day delay" means the real test will be tomorrow. Advice is good as I would have been tempted to start out towards the middle of this week!
Hi - I am after some guidance regarding training post running a marathon. I ran the New York marathon yesterday achieving a personal best so am naturally on top of the world! I am keen to keep up the fitness levels and speed that I have built up during training for the Brighton marathon in April in addition to the half marathons/10 milers during the winter months. What should be my regime for this week and the next few weeks? Should I do any running this week and how do I keep the miles ticking over while recognising the need for the body to recover?