Thanks again. I am glad to have been of help. I hope you all have a good marathon experience, get close to or beyond your goals, and walk away proud. You achieve more than most, by even getting to the start line.
Thanks for your reply. My bad spot is normally around 16miles where I just seem to struggle mentally and slow down. The one thing that keeps me going is: I'm closer to the finish than I was at the start of today.... and also a feel of failure. I want that medal, want that accomplishment.
How about keeping on top of energy stores? Having a jelly baby every 2 miles. Guess which one you pull out correctly and get a bonus one???
Are you setting off too fast? Are you starting with enough carbs in your system???
Hi Victor, do you have any suggestions on dealing with the frustration that follows an injury or when sickness waylays your training plans? This is particularly when even cross training isn't even an option (I speak as someone in the depths of a horrible "spring" cold!)
Answer: Thanks for your question.
Stuff happens and it is frustrating. It can be worse when you are in the no-mans-land of not knowing if you are fine yet or not, then you do some exercise and feel whacked. (I've had a fair bit of this myself since last July.)
When this happens we need to be brave and make the best decisions for us that helps us to recover, stay relatively fit (maybe through light activities and stretching). Training plans and goals will likely need to be modified and eased.
Try to keep positive, knowing that when you return to fitness you'll really enjoy and savour the training and racing again.
SUE BOVILL TATE wrote Hi i am a relative newby in the running world, I am nearly 50 and fit & well normally, but befor I run I need to go to the toilet and this is now stressing me out, I can spend over an hour back & forward each time I am going (number 2) and passing something each time, I sometimes am loose with this. I don't suffer from IBS and dont have these problems when I am on a normal day and not running. If I go to the gym I will go to the loo before I start, but within 10 minutes on treadmill I need to go, after 30 minutes running I am in pain and NEED to go, and again passing something each time. Sorry this is a personal & sensative subject but I am sure I'm not alone (well at least I hpe I'm not) I am on the verge of going to my doctor to see if I am normal, but thought there may be some dietry advise or soething you can think of that mey help. I will consider hypnotherapy accupuncture or anything. I have a few runs (10, 15 and 20K) planned over the next few months but when I go for my Saturday Parkrun (5K) I am suffering beforehand, and have gripey pains for 2 - 3 hours afterwards. Answer Running stimulates the bowels. I know fell runners who never leave the house without loo roll. Hypnotherapy may help but I'd seek a nutritional solution first. Be wary of fibre and caffiene in the lead-up to your runs. Maybe you could see what my other Pro Team Expert, Ruth McKeen says as she's our nutritionist. Good luck! Victor