Wondering if the more experienced marathoners on here can tell me how nackered is normal for this point in a marathon training programme?
Heidi - honestly, it sounds to me like you are doing it right. The whole point of training is to expose ourselves to measured stress, to overwhelm the body sufficiently that we get stronger, but don't quite break. Only you can judge how close to that line you are.
You can always take an extra rest day or reduce the intensity of a particular session if you feel like you are absolutely dreading it. I find that motivation is a pretty good indicator of how well the body is coping with training stress.
The other practical thing you can do is to ensure that post-exercise recovery is done effectively. This means eating a little bit of (high quality) protein and carbs within the first 20-30 minutes after stopping exercising. It's well-established that the body is ready to super-compensate in this small time window, by rapidly absorbing those nutrients. If you wait until you are outside that window, your body simply won't take on as much fuel/ muscle-rebuilding protein as it would if you had done it sooner. This is a very important part of intense training.
It might be worth practically preparing such foodstuffs before you leave, so it is ready to tuck in to as soon as you stop. Say for example you drive to a particular place to run and it takes 30 mins before you get back home. Put the food in the car so you can eat right away. Hope this practical advice is helpful.
The errant booking was with booking.com and we called the hotel first who asked us to call the website, so we spoke to them and they said they would speak to the hotel and we've heard nothing fo rthe last 5 hours. What a twonk!
I can't use the hotel booking on the selected dates as we will be travelling back from Australia that weekend.
BM - I use an American brand called Fuel Belt - I think you can buy in Europe. The belt is good as it is elasticated so it has just enough pull and give to stay comfy biut firmly in place. I 'decant' 8 gels - half each into one of two small bottles that go on the belt. Then I add another 50% of water so the gels are prediluted. Water is essential for the sugars to break down and be digested (lack of water is the typical reason for people to get bad stomachs whilst running).
I can just take a swig at will. The belt stays solidly in place and the weight is minimal to start with and reduces to almost nothing by the end of the race. There is one small zip up pocket where you could put in a phone/ keys/ a bit of money or whatever it is you need. All my fastest marathons have been done using this approach.
Good *morning/ evening/ afternoon everyone (*delete according to your timezone and time of reading).
Ooh, that's a bit embarassing
I'm sorry. I haven't been here for a few weeks and just looked in and seen lots of posts about me and TinkerBEL. Didn't mean to be rude or stand-offish and certainly don't want to be the focus of attention.
Going or not going to Paris has been an issue that's just kept bouncing around in our heads. We'd love to go but we'd prefer to be running the race. And because we haven't really reconciled that issue in our heads, we haven't made the leap to going for other reasons, like to see our wonderful friends and offer more support. Should probably pull my finger out but there's so many other things going on right now.
Wow Danni - an 8min PB. That is a fabulous result. Remember how meticulous and precise the Japanese are? They won't have wrongly measured the course, although it is possible that you didn't go the straightest line. Either way, a tremendous performance. I suspect that your relative lack of long running in the last months was a contributing factor. Did you feel 'in the zone' on the way round, like the running was sort of secondary to the experience of being there? I've heard many runners describe their best races like this - almost being detached from themselves.
Did a 9km run on Monday and my legs didn't fall off. I guess that doesn't mean I am marathon ready though
Best wishes to all and welcome to the thread new people