Hi Christine, I've been going to Pilates to try and strengthen my core, that and the cooler weather seems to have done the trick. I seem to have problems when it's been really hot, so it could be linked to dehydration. I'm not sure but I've managed a 20 and 22 miler and also a half marathon without a major problem. Towards the end of the 22 I was starting to have a few problems but I think on that occasion it was more stomach related. The pace slowed down a bit for the 22 but my half marathon was the best I've run long distance in years
It maybe a combination of weak core and dehydration but I'm just trying to do everything possible to stop it. I've now added Mountain Fuel to my morning ritual, sipping on this before I run and taking on a little during too. I sweat quite a bit for a girl! So possibly need the extra salts.
Fingers crossed - a little over 2 weeks till Loch Noss!!
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.