I had another epic fail this weekend despite getting up and eating 2 1/2 hours before running. I didn't have any beans the night before (although this was always my go to meal the night before and never had problems training for Manchester) I also ditched my normal porridge and raspberries for a bagel with peanut butter and honey.
There are only 2 things that have changed since running my 4 other marathons; I'm now using gels (Cliff as that's whats being handed out at Loch Ness) to help me through the run - at Manchester I hit the wall and needed more than the homemade smoothie I was consuming during the long runs.
The other is I'm running faster during my training runs so I'm pushing myself more, so you may have an interesting point with the not warming up properly.
I'm doing an experiment tomorrow, running on empty for an hour and consuming a gel midway, if I cramp it ,use be the gel. Then it's a case of finding another fuel source during the marathon.
Aiming for 21 again this weekend so will try and do a better warm up. Fingers crossed!
Hi, I'm currently training for my 2nd marathon this year and have a new training partner who is helping me up my pace. My training went great for Manchester but didn't achieve my target of sub 4:30 (I got 4:38, dying at mile 20). My issue though is that for the first time in my training I'm getting debilitating stitch/ cramps after about 12-15 miles into my runs which although subsides continuously comes back until I stop.
I did wonder if was my gels but I ran 9 miles Sunday without them and still got stitch mile 7
I'm not eating any differently than I did earlier in the year, I tend to have porridge with raspberries and maple syrup for breakfast and eat well the night before (plenty of sweet potato, black beans etc). I don't seem to be massively dehydrated, just what you would expect after a long hot run.
Any help would be gratefully received as its now effecting my training and I'm concerned it will happen whilst doing Loch Ness Marathon.
So far it's happened whilst doing 17.5, 20, 15 and 9. I don't get any issues in the evening during shorter runs.
have a hilly 9 miles planned for this weekend ready for the elan valley 10 Nov 19th.
checked out the Cheshire 20, sounds very hilly. Although I did a hilly 20 last year as prep for London when I put it to the forum as to ideas why I crashed and burned people were quite blunt when querying my hilly training for a flat race so don't want to make the same mistake again. May just have to do the Surrey Spitfire 20 in March then do my own 20 miles 4 weeks before.
I feel bad as I've had a packed weekend but no running - first time in months I've had the weekend off. Back to work again now, done circuit training tonight and speed session tomorrow at club. The aim is for a hilly 10 miles this weekend as have the Elan Valley 10 in November to get ready for. Just trying to plan my half marathons and a 20 miler for next year. My normal 20 mile race won't fit in timing wise. Does anyone know of one about 4 weeks before Edinburgh?