have had one mammoth week, peak training week and a packed work calendar! Managed to squeeze in the interval session yesterday between meetings. Not being a fan of afternoon running, I actually thought this felt like one of my best sessions this training period.
Was slightly long than originally planned, struggled with the impromptu in watch planning on the gramin!
Sam - yes did the original session as I managed to find time on Thursday. This freed me up for a commuting cycle today. Looking forward to Sunday's long run. Will be looking for a much flatter route than the last 20m! Taking my water pack with me this time rather than trying to hydrate beforehand. Will also be able to leave a longer period between the carb loading drink and actually starting the run.
Ruth - have had a few energy dips this week but have upped the amount of malt loaf eaten during the last 2 days!
I think the fact you had an energy dip this week is why in the 20miler you suffered. You are playing catch up on energy and feeling dips like above often shows itself on a big run- so when tapered this wont happen. I still think (hydration may be a part ) but I think it may have been accumulation of fatigue from high mileage. I still think you are probably not increasing snacks enough during the day on these big weeks but glad you ate more malt loaf!
I weigh 8st 3, which is 52 kilos, so before Reading I did a 3 day sort of progressive carb load [was reading one of your posts on Day 2 saying you don't have to do 3 days!], was aiming for 10g carb per kilo of me, managed 376.91 on THursday, 465.54 on Friday, 499.67 on Saturday.
I do eat a lot, but to get to this leel I added oatcakes, Cherry Active, & a couple of Gatorades the last day [don't normally have sugar].
I just felt sluggish, tired. Mind you that could have been the training & lack of taper.
For VLM last year I did a 2 day load based on what you said to the Paris guys, didn't get beyond 400g daily though.
Hi there Taper is key to a carb load - what do you mean by lack of taper? Can I also ask how the 400g daily went for you at VLM as think 8g/kg body mass may suit you better? Would be useful to also have a look at the carb load day that you followed?
I am so pleased you had no cramps! I think that is saying a lot about your fitness levels and recovery. Well done!
Agree - some more fluid would have been useful but saying that the fact you did not cramp after this run just shows that cramps and hydration levels are not always linked! Fit muscles are the way to avoid cramps!