Its not a problem I have when actually running but being a veggie with a degree of IBS I sympathise...it often takes a while to actually get out of the house on a morning before long slow runs (almost has a different meaning in your case)....I dont know how to politely say this.....try to ensure you are as 'empty' as possible is the message!
In addition try Loperamide/Imodium, its over the counter, fairly innocuous and you can take it about an hour before your long run.
I did before my first marathon last year when nerves and prehydration had me stuck on the loo pre race.
Joe I am sort of with you, I will be doing a 20/22 mile LSR both weekends anyway. If I did the marathons I wouldn’t taper, it’s just whether the 4+ hours of running means I then miss subsequent weeks of training....kind of what you are suggesting Monkey.
I note some marathon schedules include racing a half marathon - I tend to find its pace not distance that leads to niggles and therefore takes longer to recover from so I have avoided this so far. It would be interesting to hear how others manage this.
I did drop it down this weekend to add some speed in and did a park run followed by a faster shorter LSR on Sunday and really enjoyed both.
Cougie, last year I didn’t run any race in the first half of the year to focus on the Marathon. Being ahead of schedule this year means I face the prospect of 12 more weeks training without a proper race…I am either keen to add a bit more bling to my medal collection or just looking for a way to add some spice into months of monotonous training. The one I really want to do is Brathay/Windemere but that’s just a month before Liverpool. I could make that the target and hobble round Liverpool but I think it’s a slower course.
I havent posted here for ages but I have a question/dilema and would like some training advice.
Last year I achieved my No1 running goal in completing my first marathon and with a target time of sub 4 came in well under at 3.45. I can probablly run faster with injury free training, less weight, pushing harder but that was my goal for so long I do feel rather satisfied with that time at the moment.
I have targeted Liverpool again this year which is the middle of June and find myself well ahead of schedule, I plan 4 or 5, 20+ mile training runs in the next 9/10 weeks before taper. I am tempted to book into 2 other marathons, one the end of April the other mid May which would fit this schedule and run them as training runs so probablly 9.45 ish pace.
The pro's are - additional life experience, support during the long run and generally something different - it would also then be a bit of a different goal - 3 marathons in 3 months.
The con's - 2 very long slow runs of over 4 hours - will I recover? the temptation to run faster than planned, overall potential negative impact on my main race performance.
I am not sure if concentrating on one race and possibly shaving maybe 5-10 mins from my marathon time motivates me that much so I wondered if others had done anything similar as training? If so does it have a major impact on performance (I don't want a Liverpool disaster). I supose I could always do the April Marathon and pull out of May if it has too much of a negative impact.
Sorry but he wasn't. That might be the organisers fault. My predicted time was 4 hours and I was placed in coral 4. I was right at the front and I could see 4hr and 4.15 in the coral in front. It said on the flag for coral 4, 4hrs to 4.99.
Needed to post and say I had a cracking day yesterday. The course was excellent and the finish section really well managed. The medal is top quality, I was able to try on a t shirt and get the right size. Plus lots of free packs of crisps and a free beer at the end helped the recovery. No problems personally with marshalling and the drinks, gels etc on route were plentiful although I agree another drinks station at about 23 was needed. The results are on line and lots of good photos too. I would certainly do another rock n roll event. There was perhaps a lack of on course entertainment but I never think that's of much use anyway. The only real issue I had was that the 4.00 and 4.15 pacers started from the 3 hour coral. With wave starts that meant they were way ahead of the 4 hour coral. I passed the 4.15 pacer at 1 mile. Never found the 4 hour one. This normally wouldn't be a problem but I forgot my watch. Ended up going out faster than planned...which in reality was a bonus because I finished in 3.45 when my goal was 4....this may explain my glowing review ????.